Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-09-2011, 10:43   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 7
Is it Possible and How Would I Go About it ?

OK, I'm heading from Gambia in May 2012 and planning to sail around Brazil and the Caribbean for a while and then either head N or S for the hurricane season. What I would like to know is if I go north:

1 How far west can I sail until I run out of Lakes?
2 Is it a feasible option to hauled out and transported overland to the Pacific coast, and how would this compare with using Panama?
3 Would there be any navigational issues in the Lakes for a sail boat with 2.1m (7') draft?
4 What is the sailing season?
5 Do the lakes freeze over, and for how long?
6 How long would it take to go from say Chicago to Dulluth and would this be a sensible place to winter with with my wife and 2 teenage children?

Cheers all

Dave
__________________
CAPE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2011, 11:13   #2
Registered User
 
James S's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Yemen & Lebanon... the sailboat is in Lebenon, the dhow is in Yemen
Boat: 1978 CT48 & 65ft Cargo Dhow
Posts: 5,816
Images: 139
Re: Is it possible and how would I go about it?

Hey Dave...I'm no help with your questions but welcome to the forum!
__________________
James
S/V Arctic Lady
I love my boat, I can't afford not to!
James S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 00:48   #3
Registered User
 
sailcruiser's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Boat: S2 11.0A 36'
Posts: 763
Re: Is it Possible and How Would I Go About it ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by CAPE View Post
OK, I'm heading from Gambia in May 2012 and planning to sail around Brazil and the Caribbean for a while and then either head N or S for the hurricane season. What I would like to know is if I go north:

1 How far west can I sail until I run out of Lakes?
2 Is it a feasible option to hauled out and transported overland to the Pacific coast, and how would this compare with using Panama?
3 Would there be any navigational issues in the Lakes for a sail boat with 2.1m (7') draft?
4 What is the sailing season?
5 Do the lakes freeze over, and for how long?
6 How long would it take to go from say Chicago to Dulluth and would this be a sensible place to winter with with my wife and 2 teenage children?

Cheers all

Dave
Hi Dave I'll tell you what I know. I'm not much help questions 1 and 2. I haven't studied charts of that area. Is it feasible yes...but don't know about other options. 3. In some areas yes. Getting dockage for that deep of a draft can be challenging. I struggled with 6 earlier this year. If you plan ahead and contact areas you plan to stop perhaps this group can point you to clubs or marinas that can accommodate a boat with your needs. 4. Generally May-November. All freighter traffic stops on Lake Superior about then. Lake Erie gets pretty nasty into late October but there are a few decent days. The lakes generally do freeze and their time varies on the weather but usually late Dec-mid-march and I'm at the southernmost part of the great lakes. It is likely longer farther north. If you're planning to spend the winter in Duluth I can't see much issue in that assuming you can find lodging etc.
__________________
sailcruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

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 06:44.


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.