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Old 15-09-2020, 05:09   #1
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Trailering a 17' to East Lake Erie

We are trailer sailors and are taking our Siren 17 to East Lake Erie for 5 to 6 days. Thinking about sailing around Put-In-Bay and Kelleys island. We could also push it to Isle St George or Middle Bass but I don't think they have much to offer. Looks like the all area it is mostly a motorboat world... We 'll be anchoring half the time and probably spending a couple nights at a marina. Any recommendations of nice anchorages and any sailor friendly marinas at walk-in distance from city life?



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Re: Trailering a 17' to East Lake Erie

And of course, I really meant WEST lake Erie...
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Re: Trailering a 17' to East Lake Erie

Middle Lake Erie. Make sure you know about any power or sail regattas before you go. This time of year, not so much. Put-in Bay is the place. We anchored by Perry’s monument. There are moorings and a marina at the state docks. Frostier is the iconic pizza and beer place along the main drag. There is a winery in walking distance with a cave. The cave is a giant gypsum geode, fascinating. I highly recommend the tour. The wine is not great. There are some swimming and snorkeling beaches. Take the tour of Perry’s monument.

The other islands are private, nothing there.

Check, Cedar Point may be open on weekends after Labor Day. They have a marina. Nice amusement park and Lazy River tube ride.

Other Lake Erie venues. Go to Erie, Pennsylvania and have a nice time in town and cruising the park and bay. Great place to be in otherwise crappy weather.
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Check out Kelly's Island. Nice Anchorage in North side.
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Thanks guys for all the tips! Appreciated.
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From the land side, when not during a pandemic at least, Ashtabula is very cute.
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Try Vermillion Ohio. Nothing for anchoring, but dockage is right in town. Lots to do.
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On the mainland, Battery Park Marina in Sandusky is very clean and conveniently located for walking to a selection of nice restaurants, the Maritime Meseum, and West Marine if you need it.
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And of course, I really meant WEST lake Erie...
My wife and I refit a Blackwatch 19 in Pittsburgh and trailered it to Erie, then sailed it to Buffalo and down the Erie Canal. Such an awesome trip. Presque Isle in the town of Erie is awesome and has several very good anchorages. Don't go to Dunkirk! Sucks. Good luck!
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Great Lakes are awesome.
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Great Lakes are awesome.
I agree. Our tiny 17' Siren sailed 4 out of them this summer including Superior! Coming from 40 footer cruisers, it's a total different experience and need some adjustment but it has been amazing exploratory journey.

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Make the trip to the North Channel of Lake Huron once the border opens again. You won't regret a trip up there. One of our favorite cruising areas.
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What a great thread!

In late May 2010, four of us launched 2 Sandpiper 565 microcruisers (18.5', therefore palatial compared to a Siren ) from Leamington ON, sailed to Pelee Island where we overnighted in Scudder marina, then onto Put-In Bay OH for a fun evening and overnight in their marina, then a sail round the south of Kelley island then back to Pelee Island and the same marina, then back to Leamington.

COVID-19 of course would put a damper on the cross-border stuff, but maybe you could do the cross-lake stuff on your next visit.

Best wishes for a safe and fun trip. Small boats; big adventures!
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What’s a good size for on the Great Lakes? Are there major restrictions that limit larger sizes?
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What’s a good size for on the Great Lakes? Are there major restrictions that limit larger sizes?
At our club, most yachts are 25' to 36', with a few 40-ish. Smaller boats like ours are around, but not as common. I've been told that cruising boats longer than about 36' might not be accomodated at all marinas or clubs around the Great Lakes.

btw it's healthier to think of the Great Lakes as small seas rather than big lakes. But, we're still fine most days in our 19' boat.
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