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Re: Superior to Champlain
Hi s2MNsailor, that's a huge adventure you have planned. I sail Lake Superior, and have traversed through the St. Mary's locks. In addition, my partner and I are planning to sail to Lake Ontario, perhaps as far as Montreal, this year, so I've spent some time looking at the routes beyond Huron.
First off, June 1 on Superior is going to be iffy. Could be lovely, or it could be hell on earth. I've sailed a boat from Bayfield to Thunder Bay at the beginning of May. It was cold but wonderful. Last year, however, there was a fellow sailor who found he couldn't leave your area due to storms and ice well into June. You just never know. One thing for certain is that June will be cold and foggy on Superior. So be prepared for that.
You will require assistance going through the locks at St. Mary's. I think they demand a minimum crew of two for down-locking. So does the Welland Canal. Of course, with your draft, you might choose the Trent-Severen locks (all ~50 of them). Not sure if they demand two crew; you should check.
Tides won't become much of an issue until you get well past Montreal. As you get closer to Quebec City they will become a significant factor, but you'll read the tide tables and move appropriately. I suspect your best option is the Oswego Canal route, but I've never done it.
Personally, I would not undertake the trip you're planning. The boat is too small, and I would not do it alone. How much sailing and cruising experience have you got? A lot, I hope...
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
Last edited by MikeOReilly; 01-16-2014 at 11:52 PM.