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Re: Sailing from New York City to Montreal ... how long?
I took my boat through most of that route - I went from Cape May NJ to the northern edge of champlain where I live...
I did the whole trip in weekends, so you could do a lot faster than I did but here was my itinerary:
Day 1- Cape May NJ to Atlantic City.
Day 2- Atlantic City to Manasquan Inlet.
Day 3- Manasquan inlet to the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Parked the boat at a marina there for a week
Day 1- Tappan Zee bridge to Hyde Park.
Day 2- Hyde Park to Catskill
Spent the last half of Day 2 dropping and securing the mast, left the boat in Catskill for the week.
Day 1: Catskill to Lock 4
Day 2: Lock 4 to Whitehall
Left boat at Whitehall marina for the week
Day 1: Spent the morning stepping the mast, then Whitehall to somewhere near Mt. Independence.
Day 2: Mt. Independence to Malletts Bay
Day 3: Malletts Bay to St. Albans bay (home).
So if you were able to do it in one push, you could cut a couple days off that and it would take you all the way to the head of the Richleau. Since you'd have to drop mast for both canals and the lake can be transited in 2 long days, it's not worth putting the mast back up - just motor up the lake...