2008 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival

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Sitting on the bow while crossing lake michigan looking back at the boat and then forward for a few seconds.


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Sitting on the bow shooting a movie of the boat crossing Lake Michigan.


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We were on our way to Grand Haven Michigan for Coast Guard Festival. And I was sittin on the bow of our 42 foot cruiser which while running is about 12 or 13 feet from the surface of the water, (maybe more) video taping the experience. The video does it almost no justice to how it really feels. This is an incredible feeling that everyone must experience at least once in their life. I felt like Leonardo Decaprio from Titanic for a few seconds. What a blast this was!


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Here the lake was so calm that we decided to putt putt the boat at about 800 rpm and just put put across the lake for a while. Wow! What a beautiful day! Most people call lake michigan the Big Bad Lake but today it was just gorgeous!


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The scene at the seawall in Grand Haven of people getting ready for the Fireworks show which at this point would happen two days later.


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Here I am sitting in my cockpit watching the movie there's something about mary on the big screen while on the boat. The kids love this. But by the time it's dark enough to watch a movie it's pretty late every day. Plus in Grand Haven with the Musical fountain starting at 10:00 pm every night running till 10:25pm, it bites into the movie time.


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Here is the finale which is what draws so many people from all over the country!


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Here the boat was running on autopilot and I was on the bow just kind of capturing the beauty of lake michigan.


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This is just me sitting on the bow watching the water come out from under the boat while we're running on plane.


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Here we are nearing the end of our trip back across the lake and Meg and Tracy are playing Patty Cake. More Tracy than meg. But still, it was funny to watch.


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A good distance shot of our boat
A good distance shot of our boat

Here was a shot of our boat I'm guessing from Bob's camera since it appears to be from so high up in the air.


bayliner avanti loaded down and running on plane
bayliner avanti loaded down and running on plane

Here's a great shot of our 1998 bayliner avanti loaded down and running on plane.  Just look at all the crap we have strapped to the bow rails on the foredeck!


bayliner avanti running on plane
bayliner avanti running on plane

another blurry one of the boat running on plane.  It is a 98 bayliner avanti 4085


I love this picture of the boat
I love this picture of the boat

Here is a great shot of our 1998 bayliner avanti running on plane on our way home from Grand Haven in 2008.  This was taken by one of our dock neighbors.


1998 bayliner avanti running
1998 bayliner avanti running

1998 bayliner avanti running on plane on a 4 our cruise running with two of my buddies boats.


Getting farther away from the camera but still cool!
Getting farther away from the camera but still cool!

Here's the boat getting farther from my neighbor with the camera.


look at the spray behind the boat... ladder down!!!
look at the spray behind the boat... ladder down!!!

Look at the wake behind the boat.  The wake has a little extra rooster tail that shouldn't be there.  I didn't notice it till we were underway and a few miles into the lake.  I had so much crap piled up on the swim platform that it made it very hard to pull in the ladder from over the dinghy which was also attached and up on the boat.  Once we got it stowed, we rejoined the group going home.


family day on the bow of the boat!
family day on the bow of the boat!

Here we were all having the time of our lives on the boat.  Tracy and Ellie were on the bow, I was driving with Meg, and Blake was drowning some cheerios since he didn't have any teeth at this point.  What a great picture!


I should get this one framed!
I should get this one framed!

wow what a great shot this one was!  Looks like we were so close!  You can just about make out the numbers on the bow of the boat!  Thanks for the Great pictures Bob!


another great view of the 1998 Bayliner Avanti 4085!
another great view of the 1998 Bayliner Avanti 4085!

Another great view of the 1998 bayliner avanti 4085 from the port side this time.  What a great shot!


a blurry boat WOW FAST!!!
a blurry boat  WOW FAST!!!

This one's one of the only ones that was blurry.  Kinda makes it look like it's going really fast!  On the water speed is all relative.  On a boat like this 30 is pretty fast.  On a real go fast boat 100 is fast.  But it all feels alike.


Bunny is driving the boat or Johnson
Bunny is driving the boat or Johnson

Here is my oldest daughters security bunny which she now calls Johnson which was our dog's name which we had to put down in October of 2006.  Johnson was a great dog!  We miss him alot.  I sure hope bunny enjoyed driving the boat cause he's looking pretty fraile these days.


look how clear the water is! LAKE MICHIGAN PEOPLE!!!
look how clear the water is!  LAKE MICHIGAN PEOPLE!!!

This picture just shows just  how beautiful Lake Michigan is!  Look at that wake,  you could just about see through it!  Most people think that water like this only exists in the carribean!  NOT  This is Lake Michigan!!!   I love it!


Tracy taking pictures of Blake
Tracy taking pictures of Blake

Here my wife is taking a picture of my son who was in the boat.


Meg enjoying the ride
Meg enjoying the ride

Meg enjoying the boat ride going home from Grand Haven Michigan.


Blake has had enough!
Blake has had enough!

Here was blake on the way home just after eating his cheerios.  He fell asleep as he sometimes does at the best moments.  So cute!


Ellie and mommy on the bow
Ellie and mommy on the bow

Here is Ellie and Mommy on the boat ride home from Grand Haven Michigan. 


blake is in a deep sleep
blake is in a deep sleep

Here is Blake deep asleep at the wheel (not really) on our way home from grand haven in 2008.


Meg and Mommy doing Patty Cake on the bow
Meg and Mommy doing Patty Cake on the bow

Meg and mommy on the bow of the boat playing patty cake.


Meg and mommy bonding on the bow
Meg and mommy bonding on the bow

meg and mommy bonding while on our way home from grand haven michigan coast guard festival 2008.


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