I'm in the Thousand Islands (Gananoque). I think most of the previous advice is pretty spot on. I agree with those above suggesting a smaller boat for the islands, tacking and sail handing needs to happen pretty quick some times if you plan to use your sails
in the islands and big sails
can mean big work. A lot of the islands have docks for small boats, say 30 and under but you can't get big boats onto them, so it will mean anchoring
off and taking the dinghy
to the island, which is less fun, especially if the weather
is dicey or you plan on having a few beers.
A few things to keep in mind for cruising in the area, the Murray canal guarantees a depth
of 5',so realistically you want a draft
of 4 1/2 feet or less. The Murray isn't important transit route
for boats on Eastern Lake Ontario
because it allows you to reach Toronto etc, without making the long and potentially nerve racking trip around Prince Edward County. Lots of marinas
in the area have very limited depth
There are a few bridges in the area that can give you a hassle, one that comes to mind is the bridge at Hawkesbury if you plan on doing the Rideau/Ottawa/St Lawrence loop. It's 47 feet, so an air draft
of less than 47 feet might be useful.
Make sure you get a boat with a good engine
, because lots of motoring happens in the thousand islands, some times against a 2 knot current
. So, I like the suggestion above of the Grampian
26, but if you're saving lots of dollars on the purchase
, you can afford to spend some money
on a nice brand new Honda 4 stroke
long shaft 9.9 for it. I might avoid boats with Atomic 4's and the like, just because with so much motoring it would be nice to have either a 4 stroke
or a diesel
I'm occasionally looking for help with canaling (St Lawrence Locks), pm me if that kind of experience would be of interest to you.