Hope to leave Sept 28 from Buffalo. Schedule depends upon the weather and crew.
"I was led to believe that the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Cabot Straight can be a very nasty patch of water once the autumn gales begin"
If you watch the adventure shows on TV, every place on earth is the most dangerous. That's the hype. and it is true if you pick the day.
Fall in the maritimes is usually the best weather. Little rain, sunny but cooler. We'll watch the weather forecasts and proceed accordingly. Plus we will be sailing daylight hours port to port or anchorage.
Would hav eprefered the Erie Canal, Hudson Rive, and up New England, but the insurance compaies thing the Gulf of St. Lawrence is safer!
Have not looked at pilot books, but have checked the monthly Atlantic summaries. Will rely on weather forecasts. my rule of thumb is if every forecast area has a different forecast, the forecast is unreliable, while if the same forwcast is widespread, it likely true.
Go to yourtube.com and search on
newfoundland ferry storm
Must have been a wild ride! Not my idea of fun.