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Old 25-04-2010, 08:31   #1
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Lake Ontario to Atlantic Ocean

Hi sailor's
I need info how to join the ocean from the lake Ontario end of june.
Best way... by the Saint Laurent (Canada) or by the channels to N.Y?
How many lock by each way?
Have to remove the mast?
How long (time) it is ?
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Old 25-04-2010, 08:38   #2
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You have to remove the mast on the canals. I am not sure about the number of locks but it should be a quicker trip than the St Lawrence. If you were rushing, the canals, Oswego to Erie to Hudson, should only take you a few weeks.
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Old 25-04-2010, 08:50   #3
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Thank you for this info.
You say few weeks to do that ....not few days ???

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Sure you could do it in a few days but why? That's some cool cruising grounds. I think from Oswego, which is where I presume you will be entering the canal, to NYC is about 250 miles. You know better than I do how fast your boat can travel under power, it should be a relatively simple calculation. There will be some restrictions regarding operating hours of locks and speed limits on the canals.
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Old 25-04-2010, 09:08   #5
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I roughly measured the distance from from Oyster Bay, NY to Chicago via the canals or the St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence was 3000 miles, and the canals 1500 miles. So, if you want to save some time, the canals are the way to go.
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Yeah but Chicago is on Lake Michigan not Ontario
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"Sure you could do it in a few days but why?"
The reason is simple, I have to do 3.500 nm to go home in the other side of the Atlantic ocean. I live in the Canarys islands, near the African coast.
I can't come before, because next week I have to deliver a boat from Martinique ((FWI) to France
The hurrycane season don't wait for me :-(

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Yeah but Chicago is on Lake Michigan not Ontario
Yeah? What about it? The extra 1500 miles is due to the choice of the canals vs. the St. Lawrence. Both paths to Chicago lead through Ontario.
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The boat is near Sackets Harbor, NY on the NE side of the Lake Ontario ... not Chicago

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The boat is near Sackets Harbor, NY on the NE side of the Lake Ontario ... not Chicago

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Ok, here is the point. If you are going to the Atlantic South of Manhattan from where you are, the canals will save you roughly 1500 miles.
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Obviously it depends on your final destination; if you're going to the Maritimes or even parts of New England there might not be a distance benefit to the canals. If you're heading to New York or parts south, then the canals would be the shorter route. The New York State Canal System - Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga Seneca Canals
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Hi All,

I have a similar trip to do. My 40' Manta Cat is currently in PR, I have to take it to Long Island stay for a week to visit the kids, then to Duluth on Lake Superior for the balance of the summer, then bring her back out and head to warmer waters for the winter.

I am worried about the PITA about two mast removal/reinstall cycles for this trip.

Does anyone have personal experience with both routes?

How much does it cost to have the mast removed and reinstalled? Where do we put the darned thing when it isn't in it's normal location?

Does anyone know if the Chicago-Mississippi route is/will be open this season?

What else should I be worried about?

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You can get from Oswego (L. Ontario) to the Hudson in three to four days easily if you go from dawn to dusk. Get the mast down in Oswego and up in Catskill (Riverview Marina is the best). Down the Hudson is a few day trips or you can go all night and make it in a day. Much, much faster than going the St. Lawrence River route. Across the Atlantic, that's up to you and the weather.
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