It’s the middle of summer, and there’s no time like the present to spend a little time on “Old Blue”. It could be the best outing of your summer. If you’re a sailor looking to launch, interested in possibly buying a boat, or just want to rent something for the day/weekend, Obexer’s on the West Shore, or the Tahoe City Marina in the North Shore has got you covered.
Located right off Route 89 across from Homewood Ski Resort, Obexer’s has been around since 1911. Obexer’s is a full-scale marina providing launch and ramp facilities, slip and buoy seasonal rentals, and they have qualified mechanics and a great shop for all your boating needs. They’ve also undergone a total renovation to their deli. It’s hard for me to stray away from a PDQ sando when I’m in the area, but I can now attest that Obexer’s deli won’t let you down if you make the trip-they make great sandos, and have all the food/drink items you could want for a trip out on Lake Tahoe.
If you’re looking to sail, but lack the skills, give Tahoe Sailing Charters a try. I haven’t checked them out myself, but I have heard positive reviews from other visitors to the Lake that have had a great time out with them. If all else fails, check out this local boating site. It should help clear up any questions you might have about getting on the Lake via boat, from cruises and rentals, to water-sports and other Lake specific activities.
Last week I was fortunate enough to help my good buddy Rollie launch his sailboat, the S.S. Blow Me (seen throughout this post), out from Obexer’s. It’s interesting that a good majority of locals will probably tell you they don’t spend too much time actually on the Lake, unless they own a SUP, kayak, or some form of boat.
Power Boats are super fun, especially when wakeboarding, skiing, or surfing behind one, but there’s just something about sailing with the pure natural force of the wind, especially on Lake Tahoe. Sailors who frequent the deep blue waters of Tahoe will often tell you, “it’s one of the most variable Lakes a sailor can sail”, due mostly to the fact of an ever changing course of wind. As you can see, Rollie looks pretty stressed trying to steer the boat to catch the maximum wind gusts that were blowing out from Blackwood Canyon last week.
When the wind decided to pick up, we were cruising. When it vanished, literally out of nowhere, we fished for Mackinaw. Although we didn’t catch any this time, if you live in Tahoe (and eat fish), or visit the Lake often, you need to eat Mackinaw caught from Lake Tahoe. Now I’m not trying to start an over-fishing epidemic or anything, but the meat tastes like a combo between trout and salmon, and is probably some of the healthiest and freshest fish you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.
If you’re interested in fishing Lake Tahoe with a pro, check out this link. It should help get you dialed.
Even if all you do is sail around in a big circle, and have a few brews, time spent on the Lake is a must during a summer in Tahoe. Especially when you happen to catch the sun go down, and watch it light up the East Shore like a painting.