We are the new owners of a 1986 Mainship 36 Double Cabin Motor
Yacht. Comfortable cruising speed is reputed to be 10-13 kts and she draws under 2.5'. We are based in Toronto, Canada
and the boat is currently landlocked in Lake Norman, NC. We lived-aboard our 38' sailboat (that we built for the hull-up) for 10 years on Lake Ontario
and have crewed a 54' sailboat up the barge, but have no saltwater experience.
We plan to bring her back up to Toronto over 3-4 weeks in August. Cruising plans being a malleable medium, all things are subject to change, of course, but right now our idea is to truck her to Norfolk and then do ICW
north... Chesapeake Bay
- C-D Canal (or is it D-C? I'm a bit dyslexic) - Delaware - NJ Inland - Hudson
- Troy - Erie Canal - Oswego - Toronto
I'd love to read some insight into route
planning that goes a bit more in-depth than, say, captainjohn.org's simple 5-day A-to-B description. It seems that most in blogs I've found folks are heading south, or by the time they get back into the area they are so jaded as to not feel the need to describe this portion of their route
My main concern is Norfolk to New York
Harbor. We'd like to spend about 7 days on that stretch. We are traveling with out 19yo son who is a history
buff, so this area is rife with fodder for him. We'd also like to plan for an evening in Atlantic City.
What guide(s) are worth purchasing
At what points is it best to be outside vs. the inside?
Any insight is welcome, so bring it on!