I’ve been sailing about 20 years, but almost all in a daysailer, and mostly within full view of the boat ramp. Now that I have a boat with a little more weight, and a nominal cabin, I’m interested in sailing TO somewhere. Last year’s cruise in the Grand Traverse Bay was a success. I rented a slip in Sutton’s Bay for a week, knowing that I wanted to sail to Northport on one of those days (about 12nm each way). It was easy, we picked our day according to the weather. Most days we just sailed around the bay with no particular destination in mind. The day that rain was forecast was a great day to do things on dry land. This year I’m planning Escanaba to Fayette (Lake Michigan’s Bays de Noc). I guess my question is how do you account for weather when making plans? Do you frequently pad the schedule with extra days? I’m thinking about reserving a slip for three nights in Escanaba, with one of those three nights being spent in Fayette.