I'm getting ready to bring my first boat ('84 Hunter
31) back from Lake St. Clair to Burlington, Ontario
via the Detroit river, Lake Erie and Welland Canal. The trip will be mid-May.
I grew up in the Windsor-Detroit area and am pretty familiar with boating
the length of the river.
My plan is to stick to the US side of Lake Erie where there are several more marinas
and services along the way. Depending on wind
I'm hoping to do the trip in these legs:
Clinton River (Mt. Clemens MI) to Middle Bass Island
Middle Bass Island to Fairport Harbor
Fairport Harbor to Presque Isle Bay
Presque Isle Bay to Port Colborne
Welland Canal to Burlington Bay
I'll have one very experienced crew hand and one inexperienced hand with me. Depending on weather
we may sail through one night along the way, but we're not in any panic to get back.
I'm a bit concerned with fishing
nets in the west end of the lake, I guess all you can do is keep a watch out for them. We'll also be doing our best to keep tabs on the weather as I know how quickly the wind and lake can kick up.
Any other comments/suggestions people have on the plan here? Too optimistic or conservative on the length of these legs?
I grew up on power boats and have crewed racing
sailboats for several years, but this will be my first cruising trip...so I'm trying to make sure my plans are complete.