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Kite U.S. Forums _ Where are you riding on the Great Lakes? _ Lake St. Clair Kiteboarding Shuttle info. (The Sea Turtle)

Posted by: Administrator May 25 2007, 10:03 AM

The Sea Turtle was born on May 25th 2007. This will be a great addition to our Lake St. Clair Kiteboarding Community.

Posted by: Turtle May 26 2007, 06:47 AM

Well, after a year of research and planning I finally found the perfect Kite Shuttle for Lake St Clair. Ironically enough the name of this vessel was the “Sea Turtle”, so fate has brought us together. To make it more cost effective I have partnered with Kyle at Detroit Kiteboarding on this project.

The Vessel
The Sea Turtle is a 28 foot double deck ocean pontoon boat with an inboard/outboard 165 hp engine, which should comfortably accommodate 6-8 passengers and gear. Wide open space, shelter from the elements and the top deck should make it a unique kiteboarding experience.

Location
The Sea Turtle is in a well with direct Lake St Clair access at American Marina located at 28955 William Rosso Hwy Chesterfield Twp, MI 48047. American Marina is just North of Selfridge Air Force Base about 1 mile from the M59 & I94 interchange.

The Plan
Many things are going through our heads on how to organize down winders, trips to Strawberry Island, photo/video shoots, product demos and Lake St Clair crossings. This is a work in progress and we will have to learn as we go. One thing I do know is the pictures, videos and stories of epic sessions will be remembered for a long time.

More details will be out soon and we will keep you posted.

John

Posted by: Turtle May 28 2007, 08:39 AM

Well, the Sea Turtle made its first journey with 5 passengers and gear to Strawberry Island on Sunday May 27, 2007. We had rain, wind and waves so it was a perfect first test run. I uploaded a couple pictures of the boat for everyone to see on www.KiteMI.com in the photo gallery here is the link http://www.lakestclair.net/photos/main.php?g2_itemId=5344

* The 2nd level is perfect to store everyone's gear and it leaves the 1st level wide open for passengers.

* The enclosed cockpit can keep 6+ dry while waiting out a storm and makes it nice for the sheltered ride back after the session.

* The large 28ft pontoons had no problem slicing through the chop with a head on wind of 20+ on the way back.

* Anchoring from the stern allowed for a large are in front to pump and launch right from the boat (no land needed).

* Packing up was a breeze with one guy on the 2nd level stowing the gear while the others handed him kites to deflate.

* When we wanted to take a break we just set our kites down on the 5th line and clipped it to the boat.

I am looking forward to many memorable trips with everyone.

John

Posted by: Jahmi Sep 26 2007, 01:31 PM

I had my first venture on the Sea Turtle yesterday and It was a lot of fun. Plenty of room for the seven guys and gear. Turtles sea anchor system allows multiple kites to be rigged at the same time.

The best part is the area you get to kite off Strawberry Island. More shallow water and space than you can imagine. Think the bowl at Metro times 100. The wind was as lifty as Metro and the water does not smell like a sewer. Well worth the price of admission and would do it again in a heart beat.

Posted by: Cruz Apr 12 2008, 01:30 PM

Will the sea turtle be back on the water this year?

Posted by: Turtle Apr 13 2008, 01:49 PM

The Sea Turtle is getting a "Turtle Transformation" beginning next week. Carpet, paint, seats and we will be adding all the kite related bells and whistles from our learning experiences of last year. It should be in the water by the end of April and we will keep everyone posted.

Kyle and I did secure the same well at American Marine again this year. For those of you who don't know where that is it is at the end of M59, just east of I94.

John

Posted by: biohorn Apr 30 2008, 11:30 PM

QUOTE(Turtle @ Apr 13 2008, 02:49 PM) *
The Sea Turtle is getting a "Turtle Transformation" beginning next week. Carpet, paint, seats and we will be adding all the kite related bells and whistles from our learning experiences of last year. It should be in the water by the end of April and we will keep everyone posted.

Kyle and I did secure the same well at American Marine again this year. For those of you who don't know where that is it is at the end of M59, just east of I94.

John

John,

(non shuttle related)

Looks like I can get to St. Clair May 5 and 6. Please shoot me an email before then. Will need to return to Cleveland Tues. p.m. Would like to ride and lessons(?). Thanks

Hans

Posted by: tea time tony Jan 4 2009, 11:21 PM

QUOTE(hdmyg85 @ Jan 4 2009, 10:16 PM) *
Has anyone bought this type of sling shot before that holds the amo in the handle? http://www.liangdianup.com/sporting_1.htm
this company has free shipping to anywhere in the world and they guarantee delivery to Australia. I heard that sling shots
are ok to sell in Australia as long as you say they are being used to toss bait in the water when you go fishing, any truth
to thatone?



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