To NY, it's pretty simple down the Delaware Bay (make sure to time the tides or it can be a long day). At NJ, you have run outside but there are a few ports
you can duck into to get off the ocean.
To get to the Great Lakes
, you need to drop the mast
or you need to go the long way around to the St. Lawrence.
- If you take the Oswego Canal
, I think you need to get down to 20'
- If you want to run the whole Erie Canal, you need to get down to 15'.
- I'm not sure about the draft
restrictions but 7.3ft might be pushing it.