Thousand Islands sailing - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 11-11-2006 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Thousand Islands sailing

It's approaching winter and therefore I can do whatever I like in terms of planning sailing trips for next summer!! I do this every year, but somehow my trips never quite materialize. Anyhow, I am again thinking seriously about sailing from western Lake Erie, canaling along the NY State Barge Canal to Oswego and then north to Thousand Islands. I've dreamed of this trip for years, and am realizing that if I don't get off my butt and do it it will forever be a dream and never a reality.
OK, with that preface, here's my question, aimed at those who do sail regularly in that area. Is it possible to anchor off some of the islands, as it is, for example, in the North Channel. Or, is traffic and so forth such that I would have to use marinas for overnight. Marinas, of course, are expensive and I prefer to use them only now and then when I need to. I get the feeling that Thousand Islands is an area where people with money hang out, and, unfortunately I am not one of those. But, it also looks like a beautiful area that I'd like to see.
My intention is to stay in the Thousand Islands for maybe several days, and I don't think I would be there for anymore than four or five days.
Is there a good guide to the islands for sailors that would give me the sort of information I'll need while there?
Any sort of help or advice that members of this board can give me will be greatly appreciated. I'm also hoping to make the winter meeting in Oswego, and perhaps seeing some of you there.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Fair winds,
Peter Kozup, S/V Katy Too
Cape Dory 26, Hull #42
katytoo is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 11-11-2006
Warm Weather Sailor
 
Vasco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,007
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Peter,

Lots of spots to anchor. Some buoys available too from the parks people. If you take the NY State canal you'll have to take your mast down in Buffalo and put it back up in Oswego and repeat this process going home. If you don't want to do this you can take the Welland canal. Many Lake Ontario sailors spend the summer in the islands. The rich people OWN the islands. The rest of us just sail around them.

Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Vasco; 11-11-2006 at 01:22 PM.
Vasco is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 8 Old 11-11-2006
Junior Member
 
brianbourgeois's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 26
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
there are several well protected areas around the ivy lea bridge, be prepaired to deal with very strong curents, high trafic and very large ships!!!!
but it's worth it for the diving and the view.
brianbourgeois is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 8 Old 11-12-2006
Not quite Senior Member
 
Waymar83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Christ Church, Barbados
Posts: 373
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
 
Send a message via Yahoo to Waymar83
Not sure which part of the Thousand Islands you want to sail but you can spend weeks sailing around, anchoring every night in a new (and sheltered) spot.

We sail out of Kingston, Ontario (Canada). Rarily have we overnighted in marinas (we go to take on water, fuel, etc.). Have not been to the US side yet so cannot comment (although many of my neighbours ahve and they quite enjoy it)
Waymar83 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 8 Old 11-13-2006
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 388
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
katytoo:

In addition to the above comments, here is some additional information from Parks Canada regarding St. Lawrence Islands National Park which is where you will likely spend much of your time.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/lawren/visit/visit4_e.asp
Johnrb is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 8 Old 11-14-2006 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 30
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Thanks for the info

Johnrb and the rest of you,
Thank you for the information, especially from Johnrb with the St. Lawrence Islands National Park website, that looks to be particularly useful.
I guess the next step will be to get charts and start to actually put the plans onto paper.
If anyone knows of suitable winter reading on the area, travel guides, or whatever, a few titles would be greatly appreciated. Even the Canada travel guides I've found in my local library have little information on the Thousand Islands area, which surprised me.
OK, again, thanks for the info.
Peter K., S/V Katy Too
Cape Dory 26, Hull #42
katytoo is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 8 Old 11-18-2006
Not quite Senior Member
 
Waymar83's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Christ Church, Barbados
Posts: 373
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 10
 
Send a message via Yahoo to Waymar83
A good source of info are the local marinas. They can refer you to websites, books, magazines, even cruising guides.

Try the Collins Bay Marina website: www.collinsbaymarina.com
Waymar83 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 8 Old 11-20-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Toronto
Posts: 13
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
There are plenty of good anchorages in the Thousand Islands, but the better ones can get crowded in the summer months. Dock space on the Islands is hard to come by but if you want one, get going to the next Island after breakfast and be prepared to circle around for an hour or so. Powerboats have the advantage! Generally, if you don't get dock space by 2pm, you'll be anchoring. You'll most likely need reservations at marinas from Kingston onwards.

The "Ports" magazine is pretty much the bible for cruising in this area and is worth it just for the coupons alone:

http://www.portsbooks.com/

And this is a really excellent website with plenty of information to get you going:

http://www.cruising.ca/
TheStorm is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cats on Board slosharron Living Aboard 74 04-07-2014 09:12 AM
Summer Sailing Job Opportunity rogerhjonesjr Racing 4 09-15-2006 09:46 PM
SAILING IN THE AEGEAN OLYMPICYACHTS Chartering 0 11-20-2002 12:54 PM
SAILING IN THE AEGEAN OLYMPICYACHTS Chartering 0 11-20-2002 12:52 PM
ISAF Eligibility Requirements paulk Racing 4 02-05-2001 11:25 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome