"You would be looking at 44 locks to get to Lake Ontario
and that can be done in 2 days believe it or not."
Not a chance. Not in your wildest dreams. Figure on a half hour per lock, NOT counting travel time between them. That's 22 hours over two days. Simply is NOT happening. For starters, you'd be violating the speed limit on the canal sections that have them. Secondly, the system is only open, I think, 14 hours a day.
I am the producer of the Sailing South - First Timer's Guide to the ICW
, a downloadable seminar on cruising south - and a big segment of that seminar is how to handle the Erie locks for sailors. I won't even address the inanity of some of the advice in this thread.
I'm currently in Daytona, I expect to be back in Georgian Bay in early July, without doing anything totally nuts to get there. 50 - 70 miles a day, plus some longer outside runs to make time.
To answer the poster's original question, do the ICW
- you're running against the current
on the Mississipi TenTom system and it's apparently much tougher. The ICW is not all that difficult (17 trips and counting).
btw, if you're a sailboat, you have a 65 foot height limit on the ICW, and a realistic draft
of 7 feet in some of the inlets, unless you play the tides carefully. A boat that size, you might be far better off staying outside.
PM me if you want specific advice.