Originally Posted by holmek
Yes, I am planning to do the trip. It looks like a great way to see that part of your country. Is it possible to anchor
out at night, or am I stuck with marina fees
? What would be a reasonable time budget
for the trip from western Superior to Oswego.?
I was thinking of Oswego thru the canals to the Hudson
, or would the St Lawrence be better, - I need to get the boat to the Atlantic.
It's impossible to generalize about the Great Lakes Holmek. In some areas anchoring
out is your only option -- there are no marinas
to go to. In other parts
it's virtually impossible to find an anchorage. I can go into greater detail if you like.
Reasonable time ... well, I did almost exactly the same journey last season and I took nearly three months. But that was intentionally slow. I figure I could do it in about two weeks if I had to, but that would be a delivery
, not a fun trip. So it depends on the type of trip you're looking to make, and what you want to experience. It also depends on when you're leaving. Boat size will matter as well.
As mentioned, early season will be colder, less windy and foggier (esspecially on Superior). Later in the season will be windier, with more lows that could have you harbour-bound for days. Last season we got hit with two week-long gales that kept us anchored and tied to a dock
So it really depends. It's not a small journey, nor should it be taken lightly in any way ... but I assume you know that.
Oswego is definitely the easier and quicker route
to the Atlantic. The St. Lawrence is further and harder. But it is the route
we are planning to take b/c we want to spend time in Newfoundland
and the Maritimes. Plus, I like being a sailboat and not a motorboat. You have to dismast to do the canals.
As I say, it's hard to generalize about such a large and varied cruising area as the Great Lakes. But there is plenty of experience here on CF. Keep asking, and we'll keep answering