Re: Richelieu River/Lake Champlain/Chambly Canal Shortcut to Hudson River
You have to drop your mast at Sorel on the St Lawrence. When we went through there a number of years ago it was a DIY thing. If you are into doing your own mast you can put it up on the Hudson at Castleton. They have an excellent, large mast crane and it is much cheaper than getting it done in a marina. Avoid weekends since the dock
you use is right on the river and wakes can be a big issue, particularly from the powerboats that think they are doing you a favour when they drop back from planing to the speed just below planing where the wake is biggest.
We are biting the bullet and selling Ainia (if anyone wants Bristol 45.5 in great shape let me know). Looking for something smaller and faster in light Lake Ontario winds, although we want to keep the new boat in the Caribbean for a few (number tbd) winters.