I have done the Erie route
, the Champlain route
and the St Lawrence route from Lake Ontario
. Couple of considerations:
- many cruisers aim to be in Annapolis
for the boat show
; this timing works well with most insurance
requirements to be north of Hatteras until Nov 1st (check your policy there are differences)
- the St Lawrence is the best from a cruising perspective but you do need to be self-sufficient for a good chunk of it. Radar
is a must in much of this area. Highlights for us: Quebec
City, Magdalen Islands, Newfoundland
, Bras d'Or Lakes, parts
. We have cruised almost 20,000 miles and I don't think anything we have seen has rivalled the spectacular cruising grounds of Newfoundland
- if you are going to go the St Lawrence route you want an early start so that you get as much time as possible for cruising in that area. Fall comes quickly so you can't stretch it too late.
- Welland and Seaway locks downbound and not hard at all. Might want three people, but two can do it (downbound only).
- We did the Erie a couple of times with a Nonsuch 30 with a 50' mast. because of the taper we had only about 5' sticking out at the bow and 15' or so at the sterm. Not a big issue, you just have to be aware that the overhang is there when making a tight turn.
Either way you will have a great time.