We made the trip from Lake Ontario
to Florida a few years ago and it was unforgettable. First unstep your mast and secure it on a well-built scaffold or frame. Prepare fender
boards for the locks. Be sure you have a good hand-held VHF
; you just took down your antenna
Cross Lake Ontario
and check into the USA. We entered at Oswego. From there it is a lovely cruise via the NY state canal
system to Albany on the Hudson
. You will go through numerous locks including the lock with the greatest altitude change in the world, I think. Cruising through the Adirondack mountains is amazing.
On the upper Hudson, have your mast re-stepped. We used Hop-O-Nose marina for that. Then cruise down the Hudson to NYC
. Stay at the marina just off Broadway. Take in a show or an opera.
Then with good weather
, sail overnight down the Jersey coast past Atlantic City and enter Delaware Bay. Mind the tides.
Take the C and D Canal
to Chesapeake Bay
. Be sure to stop at the Mariners' Museum at Hampton Roads
We like to stay in the ICW
until south of Hatteras, and then to go outside when the weather
is good. From Southport you can lay St Augustine and still stay inside the Stream.
This is a great trip. Do not hurry. There is so much to see and do along the way. Disney World will be anticlimax after this cruise.