Originally Posted by darylat8750
No worries on the overhang. It's done all the time. There are a couple of good places on the Hudson to put it back up.
Consider doing the Trent Severn waterway through Canada
while you are in the area. It was one of the high spots for us. Georgian Bay is great. Midland Ont. Has several full service marinas
I concur on Trent Severn. Sail into the NORTH CHANNEL and around the top of Lake Huron & down into Georgian Bay. At the foot of the Bay is the Trent Severn waterway. Make sure on your depth
(don't know what you are sailing). There are about 70 locks covered with one low fee. Also of note is the Big Chute Marine
Railway- look it up on Youtube. This rout avoids having to lock around Niagara Falls. You would then enter the Erie canal at Oswego on Lake Ontario
We sailed to Houghton/Hancock in the Keweenaw last year from Lake Michigan. Locks at the SOO are free, efficient & quick. Many recommend the Lake superior
northern (Canada) rout. We followed the Michigan shore. Kraft brewers in almost every village.
You may wish to sail the Apostle Islands, transit the Keweenaw in the canal. The wall at the lift
bridge permits free tie-up for as long as you want to stay. The East wall at the parking garage is convenient to a coffee shop with good food
, free internet
and public toilets. Brewery nearby. One other note on tie-up. The concrete jetties at both ends of the canal are designated anchorages
. Also no charge. There are HUGE bollards back in the bushes. Plan on long lines. The one at the east end has a small boat launch on the south side. Short walk to pit toilets in the park.
Enjoy the view as you pass the Superior Islands.
In Marquette, we tied up at the wall in the south marina. Electric
, toilets & showers Cinder Pond Park. Good food
& three craft brewers nearby. The north basin is a tight squeeze for large boats.
Heading east, your next port is Munising. You can hike on Grand Isle or anchor
in the south opening bay on Grand Isle. There is a public dock
in Munising as well. Coffee shop with a fine library about a block away.
Plan the next leg to be able to loiter along Pictured Rocks National Seashore. If you have clear & calm this is an unforgettable view. We hovered pretty close to the rocks in dead calm.
Next port is Grand Marais. Anchor
out in a well protected basin. There is some facility to dock
transient boats but don't count on it. Dinghy
ashore and eat at the Lake Superior
Brewing Company. Great bar food & beer
. Note the agate front windows. Agate is a locally found stone. Very excellent breakfast place opposite corner to the brewing company. Hubcap sized sticky buns.
We made the next run all the way to within sight of the locks and put down the hook on the US side in one of the bays off the channel.
Morning run was through the locks. You will probably be directed to the south lock. This is a total piece of cake. One warning - they get upset if you try to leave your boat or otherwise set foot on the property.
Just below the locks is Skipper
Bud's on the Michigan shore just short of the museum ship. They let you tie up at a very low price
for the day. We toured the museum ship, went up the tower (can't miss it). The power station below the museum ship is the longest horizontal turbine in the world. Note the fishermen casting into the turbine outflows for Atlantic salmon.
The down-bound current
can be a couple of knots at some of the narrows. I recommend you DO stay in the marked main channel as there are rocky areas if you stray out. We found one near Detour Village. If you decide to anchor in any of the bays along the St. Mary's, be very alert for fisherman's nets and markers. These will be too shallow to avoid in a shallow bay. There are two places with ferry
boats crossing the waterway. They wait for no one and seldom announce departures.
St Mary's deposits you into the North Channel, west end. Once you enter Canadian Water
you will need to check in. I think the closest place will be Meldrum Bay. This is probably a phone
call from the tiny, probably unoccupied immigration office. PASSPORTS ARE MANDITORY. Be sure you have the Canadian Hydrographic charts
on your plotter &/or Paper charts
. Get a cruising guide. Places of particular note here are the Benjamins, Baei Fine, both jewels in this vast place. In the back end of Baie Fine you can take a short hike to Topaz Lake and swim in the clearest, most sterile water ever. Copper leaching into the water prevents all algae, bacteria etc. The swimming was great. Many people spend the entire summer in the NC. The town of Little Current
offers free day-dockage including water & power so that you will be encouraged to shop & eat.
If you follow the NC into Georgian Bay you will be mostly protected and you will always be able to find a sheltered anchorage. There is an ICW
type of designated channel through parts
of Georgian Bay. There will be places where this passes through rocky shallows.
If you do choose to transit Lake St Clair & Lake Erie, there are nice state docks at Put-In Bay on S. Bass. You might also plan a day in Cedar Point Amusement park. They have a marina. I used to race
Lake Erie. I can attest that there are not a lot of interesting places
but there are harbors with transient facilities all along. You can probably anchor inside the wall at the east end at Cleveland. That basin is adjacent to Lakeside YC. There is a large sheltered natural basin at Erie PA. Check it out on Google earth
. You can anchor or tie up here.
Hope this helps your rout planning.