Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-03-2012, 05:34   #16
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Oct 2007
Boat: Endeavour 42CC
Posts: 1,182
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

Challenges included:
what to do with our mast, 67' long on a 42' boat. We trucked it from Crowleys to Turner. I would not recommend more than 5' of overhang bow & stern.
anchorages, we draw 5'6" anything over about 4' can be challenging if the water levels are low. And it was a dry summer/fall so we did struggle to find anchorages. But we did make it OK.
fuel, there is a 250 mile stretch of no fuel. Make sure you have the capacity. A lot of it is downstream but...
pick up one of the guidebooks, like waterway guide. Definately not a complete source of info but very good to have aboard.
tows, they're big. Learn how to communicate with them and with the locks, properly. We saw lots of boats struggle with basic radio comms.
join the great loop association, AGLCA. You can buy used charts & books there and get a lot of good info.

Enjoy it, we thought it was great.
__________________

__________________
gettinthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 06:26   #17
Registered User
 
gunkylump's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Boat: Stevens 47
Posts: 358
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

Thanks for the info, I appreciate your response. How long did it take you from Chicago to the Gulf?

gunk
__________________

__________________
gunkylump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 07:18   #18
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Akron, Ohio
Boat: Bristol 29(1967)
Posts: 595
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

On the New York bargeway, there's a length limit.

I wonder if the "length" includes the long mast on board?
__________________
SURV69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 08:17   #19
Senior Cruiser
 
unbusted67's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Islesboro, ME
Boat: Looking for a new boat
Posts: 2,196
Images: 24
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

Zero To Cruising | Fun-loving couple sailing the Caribbean on their catamaran these guys made a similar trip. I would suggest taking the canal. It is some of the most laid back cruising that there is. Free tie ups pretty much the whole way!
__________________
unbusted67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 08:38   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Toronto area when not cruising
Boat: Bristol 45.5
Posts: 668
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

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 of Maine. 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.
__________________
AiniA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 23:52   #21
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Oct 2007
Boat: Endeavour 42CC
Posts: 1,182
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

Quote:
Originally Posted by gunkylump View Post
Thanks for the info, I appreciate your response. How long did it take you from Chicago to the Gulf?

gunk
25 days underway, 6 weeks total. Add in some time at Crowleys in Chicago to pull the mast (they work fast) and more time at Turner (pace is a bit slower, but very inexpensive).
This was in October, running in daylight only. Excellent weather, only 2 rain days.
__________________
gettinthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 06:41   #22
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Oct 2007
Boat: Endeavour 42CC
Posts: 1,182
Re: Great Lakes to the Caribbean !

We found having the waterway guide book pretty handy. It's not complete, nothing is. But a very good resource for marinas, anchorages, fuel, how to use the locks, how to deal with the tows.
nice to have the book open at the helm as we travelled along.
cell signal is good 95% of the time 1x service about 70% but 3g maybe only 50% or less. So don't rely on having internet for info.
best up to date info is from locals at marinas, fuel docks, lockmasters and cruisers just ahead of you.
__________________

__________________
gettinthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Caribbean, great lakes

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: Charts: Great Lakes to Maine benjiwoodboat Classifieds Archive 4 06-09-2011 16:26
Haul-Out Timing In the Great Lakes ADMPRTR Great Lakes 20 30-08-2011 18:15
For Sale: NDI Electronic Charts: Great Lakes & St. Lawrence benjiwoodboat Classifieds Archive 4 10-08-2011 07:57
For Sale: Maptech Chartkit CDs: Great Lakes benjiwoodboat Classifieds Archive 0 09-08-2011 06:26
Cruising Through the Great Lakes tri-man Great Lakes 8 27-07-2011 10:53



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:10.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.