Originally Posted by USCGRET1990
Ooooo that's getting late and iffy.
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early.
The Edmund Fitzgerald went down on Nov. 10th to be exact. I'd say mid Oct. is too late to be getting started. Most of the harbors in my area close between the 15th of Oct and the end of Oct. Getting fuel, etc... may be tricky if you start running into places with the sidewalks rolled-up. I try to leave my boat in til the last minute of the season, but if I get good weather and decent wind anywhere near mid Oct. I'm outta there. You could wait a long time for a weather window that time of year. That being said there are years when you can sail right up to Thanksgiving, but I wouldn't bet on that.