Thank you all for your recent replies. I started this thread quite a while ago and thought it was dead. We still have three years to go before we can begin our great adventure so we do have a lot of time to think things through. Reading the comments about the cold and the fog
on Superior in June give me a little concern but cruising is about the journey and not so much the destination
. Reading comments by folks who cruise
Superior make me believe that it's not to be missed. I dislike the cold and dark Montana winters and cruising Superior in June isn't going to make for summer like conditions. But.... we consider spending a summer sailing the great lakes
an opportunity of a lifetime and may as well go end to end. I'm not interested in the St. Lawrence seaway because of the distance and what I perceive to be difficult conditions once in the Atlantic. We'll head
down the Erie Canal and Hudson
river most likely and gain our ocean experience a little at a time as we make our way south.
To answer an earlier question, we currently sail on Flathead Lake in western Montana. The lake is about 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide in the areas of the longer bays. It has predictable winds most of the time and is an absolutely beautiful place. In the early and late seasons we are often the only boat on the water
. But the season is short, the water
is generally cold, and after 11 years there's nothing new to see. We're ready to move on.