|Conditions can be frigid in the spring.
Grampa Charlie’s advice is, “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” Wise words and none better when figuring what kind of clothing to choose for a day on Lake Michigan.
|Conditions can be tropical in the summer.
If the high is predicted to be 90 degrees, light clothing is all you’ll need. However, if we are leaving the dock at dawn and it will only be 65 degrees at that time, you are going to be chilly in a tee-shirt and shorts.
Don’t forget the lake affect, either. Ninety degrees on land doesn’t mean 90 degrees if we are 15 miles offshore in 64 degree surface water. If there’s much of a breeze, the on-board temperature may not exceed lower 70s all day.
So plan it out and tote it along. I do, everyday. I might have only a scant memory of my ol’ grampa Charlie, but I remember his words. “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”