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Murphiii 25-07-2010 15:35

Canadian Maritimes Cruise 2011
I'm planning a cruise from Lake Erie, through Lake Ontario, out the Seaway, then cruise the Maritime Provinces. I expect to leave the boat for the winter, then pick up the cruise again in 2012, eventually ending in the Bahamas, maybe by December 2012 or January 2013.

Looking for info including "local knowledge", sources for cheap or free charts, ports to visit, safe anchorages, possible yards for winter storage, and even crew.

Everything is still in the planning stages, so any and all input is encouraged and welcome.


Old Hand 16-08-2010 18:41

Hello Murph,
I'm planning a similar cruise next year and I'm wondering if there are more boats going? I will be returning since I do not have the luxury of leaving the boat and coming back the following year. What time of year do you plan to leave. I was planning to head down river the middle to the end of May. If there are any more boats doing this I would love to talk this winter.

Old Hand

Murphiii 18-08-2010 08:55

Ahoy, Old Hand!

I'd like to keep in touch, we can probably learn from each other and, hopefully, others as well.

I know I'll need crew to traverse the Welland, so I'm thinking of using Memorial Day Weekend to do that. It is more likely I can get friends to help crew on a long holiday (US) weekend.

Charts & cruising guides are important items to me at this point, as my review of them will guide my planning from there. I've heard/read that a guide "A Complete Cruising Guide to the Down East Circle Route" by Capt. Cheryl Barr is a must, but I haven't coughed up the dough to buy it yet.

I'm very interested in hearing from others planning this trip or even better those who have done it. I have found to online logs of folks who have done this cruise: Adventures of the Jubilee: Canadian Maritimes and BlueJacket Trip Reports for 2008
I have not read either in their entirety, but will soon.

Greenman 24-08-2010 11:37

If you are coming through this way send me a pm. Halifax is great City and I will make sure you are well looked after.

Commodore SYC
SYC - The friendliest club in Halifax - Home

Old Hand 25-08-2010 19:31

Thank you!
Thanks for the warm welcome. When I get to Halifax I wil come and look up the club.

Regards, Ron O.
SV Old Hand

Reluctantsailor 30-08-2010 10:39

Check out our friends blog about sailing all around the maritimes. It is very informative Sailing Obsession they just got back from doing the bra d'or lakes in nova scotia, listed in the top 50 places to sail before you die. Don't miss coming to PEI while you are in the area, beautiful anchorages, scenery and fishing. We have a number of good marinas which our friends talk about in their blog since they have stayed at most of them. Enjoy your trip!

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