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Old 23-04-2011, 20:16   #1
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Cruising Through the Great Lakes

My wife and I are reoutfitting a large trimaran here in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The boat is very spaceous with high headroom. We will be ready to leave around the first week of July. We will be going thru the great lakes, down the St Lowerance and then down the ICW. I am looking 1 or 2 skilled sailors that would want to join us on all or part of our journey. Dan
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I expect your departure date has been postponed somewhat. When do you now hope to depart (August?)?
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Yeh Gordon we are getting the boat in the water a little later than planned. Right now we are schedule to put the boat in the water on aug. 10. then we will have about a week to shake the boat down. then we will be ready to sail. We are still hoping to find one or two people who are familiar with Great Lakes sailing to join us.
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Re: Cruising Through the Great Lakes

Might I ask why you're going to do the St. Lawrence route? Leaving as late as you are, the weather is going to be a bit difficult on the east coast if you're delayed and with a new boat, delays are to be expected.
Far more sensible, imo, to do the Great Lakes to Tonowanda and into the Erie Canal to the Hudson and then to the ICW as you'd originally planned according to another post. The route you're planning is easily double the distance.
Factor into this your experience - which I can't speak to, but from the sounds of your other posts, you're fairly new to cruising. If this is your first major trip, why make it that much more difficult? As for advice sailing the Lakes, feel free to ask questions. Lots of people here with answers. I'm a Cruising Editor for Waterway Guides, so if I can help, let me know.
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Re: Cruising Through the Great Lakes

the beam on our tri is 26ft wide. from what I understand it would be to tight of a fit in certain stretches of the canal. Any info you have concerning this would be very helpful.
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Between 1903 and 1918, the State again enlarged the canal by the construction of what was termed the "Barge Canal", these locks of today are 328 feet long and 45 feet wide, with a depth of 12 feet of water over the mitre-sills, and can accomodate vessels 300 feet long and 43.5 feet wide. See the Canal Profile for the height and location of the current locks.
This comes from Erie Canal - Locks. You'll be fine with the tri, lots of room...
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Re: Cruising Through the Great Lakes

He's cruising an all electric boat, and probably doesn't have the elect' power for days of motoring.
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this tri is electric? Then he'd better get a good outboard and a solid mount because, and I don't care which way he goes, he's gonna need to motor some.
Electric is fine, a friend of mine just outfitted the identical boat to mine with it - but he admits he could never do what I do, it's a weekender's boat.
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Re: Cruising Through the Great Lakes

I second the thought of using the canal vs the seaway. I once considered traversing the seaway but after doing the due diligence I changed my mind.

I wish we could help you deliver the boat to the coast, but my wife and I are booked until next spring. I do have experience with Lake Erie and would be glad to help you in any way that I can. You can PM me if you want my contact information.

Have fun and fair winds!
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