Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-02-2014, 17:04   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 10
Thumbs up Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

This spring I plan to bring a 45' sloop from Chesapeak Bay to Lake Michigan and would appreciate any suggestions as to the best route. Please consider that this will be in the early spring. Thanks
__________________

__________________
ricre2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2014, 17:18   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Annapolis, MD
Boat: Sail any boats from 28 to 60 ft
Posts: 530
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

By truck, less headache, cheaper and less time, especially if you are willing to wait for an empty truck bed to north.
__________________

__________________
rockDAWG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2014, 17:29   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: WY / Currently in Hayes VA on the Chesapeake
Boat: Ocean Alexander, Ocean 44
Posts: 922
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Truck may be less expensive but it would be a shame to miss the Erie Canal and the Great lakes. You are going to have to pull the mast anyway.......
__________________
darylat8750 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2014, 18:01   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
hpeer's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Boat: Murray 33-Chouette & Pape Steelmaid-44-Safara-both steel cutters
Posts: 3,899
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Plan C would be via Nova Scotia, Canso canal.

Early spring might have Northerlies.
__________________
hpeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2014, 13:28   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 10
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Anyone know any reasonable sailboat trucking outfits?
__________________
ricre2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2014, 13:47   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
hpeer's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Boat: Murray 33-Chouette & Pape Steelmaid-44-Safara-both steel cutters
Posts: 3,899
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

uShip - The Online Shipping Marketplace - Ship Freight, Furniture, Cars or Moves

Reverse auction for shipping
__________________
hpeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2014, 13:53   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Annapolis, MD
Boat: Sail any boats from 28 to 60 ft
Posts: 530
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Check out these old posts to start.

Looking for Companies that Ship / Truck Boats

Looking for Good Truck Shipper - Miami to Seattle
__________________
rockDAWG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2014, 14:36   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,138
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Early spring 2014 will not be a good time. This is just my guess from the winter we're having but if the spring runoff is bad the opening of the NY State Canal System will be delayed. The Canal is often closed in these circumstance due to high water. If you intend doing the Canal check their website for updates.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2014, 14:48   #9
Registered User
 
svseachange's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: East Coast of Australia
Boat: Custom Steel 43 ft
Posts: 781
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

It is a good trip if you have plenty have time, say at least three months. The Chesapeake is great then weather is in your favor until you hit NYC. The Erie canal is a wild card but the worst thing that happens is you get stuck in a quaint New York town for a few weeks. Lake Erie is dirty, Lakes Huron and Michigan are nice.
__________________
svseachange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2014, 06:36   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 4,877
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Trucking would be the fastest but spring is prime time, so unlikely to find an empty truck headed NB.

Most logical route: Hudson to Erie Canal, Lake Erie, Huron to Michigan. (must get under 15.5' air draft)

Reasonable Alternative 1: Hudson to Erie Canal, cut off at Oswego, the up Ontario to Lake Erie, Huron to Michigan.

Reasonable Alternative 2: Hudson to Erie Canal, Cut off at Oswego, then jump across to the Trent Severn Canal and out at the north end of Huron.

Reasonable Alternative 3: Hudson to Champlain Canal, to St. Lawrence then up Ontario with similar options.

Less Reasonable Alternative 1: The long way around to the St. Lawrence then similar to alternative 3.

Less Reasonable Alternative 2: South to the Gulf and then up the river system (upstream in a sailboat on the mississippi section of the rivers is likely a non-starter).
__________________
valhalla360 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2014, 06:48   #11
Registered User
 
Mike OReilly's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Good question
Boat: Rafiki 37
Posts: 4,033
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by ricre2 View Post
This spring I plan to bring a 45' sloop from Chesapeak Bay to Lake Michigan and would appreciate any suggestions as to the best route. Please consider that this will be in the early spring. Thanks
Early Spring on the upper Great Lakes is going to be very tough this year. We're on track for majority ice coverage for most of the Lakes. Ice will be an issue in the bays and along shorelines well into April, and probably May as well. Spring weather can be temperamental and highly variable.

I sail Lake Superior and I won't want to be on the water until Mid-May. Truck would be my vote.
__________________
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
BLOG: www.helplink.com/CLAFC
Mike OReilly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2014, 07:38   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 322
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Start in May and I would go this route myself:
Reasonable Alternative 1: Hudson to Erie Canal, cut off at Oswego, the up Ontario to Lake Erie, Huron to Michigan.
__________________
marlinmike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2014, 07:46   #13
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: holland michigan
Boat: Gulfstar 50 ketch
Posts: 456
Images: 3
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

We used Hurricane Transport. They beat the uship quotes.
__________________
ctl411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2014, 11:26   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 10
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Well I have received many replies which warn against an early sailing departure. If I sail I think I will wait until June. I am looking into shipping companies to check on rates. The thought of over 10K for shipping is rather daunting. Thanks to everyone for your replies. If you have had any really good experiences with shipping please let me know. I plan to leave from upper Chesapeake and end in Muskegon, MI and then on to Chicago, IL.
__________________
ricre2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2014, 11:35   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: virginia
Boat: islandpacket
Posts: 1,833
Re: Routes from Chesapeake to Great Lakes

Check out AGLCA
American great loop cruiser association. Or books on the loop and canal system. If you need a hand let me know I have done the southern ICW and would love to go north. Maybe I'll follow you.

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________

__________________
That derelict boat was another dream for somebody else, don't let it be your nightmare and a waste of your life.
Badsanta is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
great lakes, route

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




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:13.


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.