Well, I hope you pay strict attention to what Dark Horse just told you :-)!
Now, "The Lakes" is a big place :-)! So are you departing from Thunder Bay or from Kingston? Or somewhere else? Your first task on your voyage of learning is to lay out a voyage plan for the leg from your point of departure to, say, St.John's NFL
In a 35 foot boat, more or less regardless of make, you may expect to make a maximum of 8 knots (8 nautical miles per hour) THROUGH THE WATER
. That is NOT the same of speed "over the ground", so - quick now :-) - how long will this leg of the voyage take you? What is the one thing regarding VOG I (deliberately) haven't mentioned although it is a crucial component in a voyage plan for this particular voyage?
Will you be sailing singlehanded? Or will you have an experienced crew member
with you? Either way you have "problems" to square away. If you are single-handing, I can guarantee you that you are going to be totally frapped out after a 12-hour trick under way. That equates to a little less than a hundred miles in a straight line under power
the whole time. If you are sailing, then, dependent on conditions, you may have to settle for something like 40NM.
If you are the skipper
and you have an experienced crew, are you humble enuff to let that crew make the significant decisions without turning resentful? If you are single-handing, do you have it in you to make quality skippering decisions, and to work
efficiently and effectively, AFTER you've filled your knickers?
So let's see your voyage plan for this leg, listing the points where you are going to touch land for R&R and for provisioning
. Then we can give you some idea of what vicissitudes you may meet on your way.
Assuming you set out as soon as The Lakes are ice-free, what sort of weather
conditions are you most likely to meet on the way to St.John's?
Cogitate on that, for on your answers to those (sorts of) questions will depend just what sort of advice
we need to give you to help you along.