lake erie to caribbean - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest Forums > Cruising & Liveaboard Forum
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-12-2007
Gary M's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Sarnia ON
Posts: 658
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Gary M is on a distinguished road
If you are on Lake Erie I don't think it would make any sense to go over to Chicago just head through the Welland and you will soon be at the Erie Barge canal. From what little I know a much nicer trip, lots of scenery and not nearly as much commercial traffic, shoals etc. as the other way.

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 02-12-2007
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 242
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
tigerregis has a little shameless behaviour in the past
The Erie Canal begins/ends at Buffalo. If you send him through the Welland, he will have to go to Oswego. There is no water connection along the way.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-07-2009
wright1d's Avatar
Lost on the water...
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 42
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
wright1d is on a distinguished road
We did the Erie Canal this summer. Don't know when you want to leave but keep in mind that it does not open until the end of May/June. I'm not sure when it closes? We started in NJ in June & it took 16 days to make it to Detroit running long days. Sailing was only an option for 5-6 days of the trip. Below is a link of our trip log: The Adventures of Dave & Amy

I have not done it but my understanding is that sailing is much harder going with the Mississippi option & you may need to drop the mast more then once on that trip.
Currently Sailing a Allmand 31
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-07-2009
boatpoker's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Toronto
Posts: 981
Thanks: 8
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 6
boatpoker is on a distinguished road
"Primer For First Timers on the ICW" (Toronto - Dry Tortugas - Bahamas)

On my website ( index.htm ) I also have two logs that will give you an idea of from Toronto to Bahamas and one from Toronto to Dry Tortugas. The logs are for my trawler averaging 6 knots.
Dirt People Scare me
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-08-2009
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
mooregm5 is on a distinguished road
Old post -- new considerations


This is an old post. But if someone new reads this, keep in mind the new electrified area on the canal at Chicago. This means delays at best and complete closure at worse.

The Erie Canal (whether entered at Buffalo or via Oswego Canal) is the best bet from Lake Erie.
Boat: O'Day 25 / Sea Ray 270 Flybridge

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-08-2009
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
sailrmon is on a distinguished road
My wife and i did this very trip last year, leaving our home port in Sandusky, Oh. in July 2009 and sailing to Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, in the Florida Keys. we took the canal, had the mast unstepped at RCR Yachts ((716)856-6314 (Darren Wright is their Serv. manager) on the Buffalo ship canal. we pulled into a slip and were informed they could pull the mast at 10am the next morning. they were very professional. Wardells at the entrance to the canal will pull it also but their equipment is very old and i would not trust. the canal was a hoot which is why we had to get a second 10 day pass ($50.00) we were in no hurry to say the least. had the mast restepped at Riverview marina on the Catskills, a day trip down the Hudson from Waterford, N.Y. We were on a Catalina 42 with a keel stepped mast and they were able to handle it.

Probably would be better if you emailed me ( my wife also kept a Blog of our trip ( would be happy to share any info you may need.

S/V Wendy Michelle
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 10-08-2009
aerie's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Michigan
Posts: 70
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
aerie is on a distinguished road
Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
The alternative is to go offshore from NYC to Bermuda...about a week. And from there, 10 days to 2 weeks to Tortola.
What is the length of your boat? NYC to Bermuda should be about 5-7 days, and Bermuda to the BVI another 5-7 days. It's 900 miles from Bermuda to the BVI.

If your ultimate goal is the Caribbean (and I'm sorry people, Bermuda and the Bahamas are not in the Caribbean) you definitely want to go the Erie Canal route. Going down the Mississippi to the Ten-Tom waterway will put you well west of your final destination, and once you get south of the Bahamas/Turks and Caicos you'll be in the easterly trade winds and you'll be on the Thorny Path.

You didn't say if you're planning this trip this year or next. If next fall, you might want to consider joining the Caribbean 1500 which leaves from Hampton, VA in early November. The Gulf Stream is narrowest around Cape Hatteras, and starting from Hampton you are across the Gulf Stream by the following day. Steve Black, who organizes the event, will hold the fleet waiting for a good weather window for the Gulf Stream crossing, and you get daily weather updates as well as real-time weather observations from other participants. This year I will be crewing in my fifth Caribbean 1500, which is actually only about 1300 miles leaving from Hampton.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fair Wind Sailing School Launches New Sailing Base on Lake Erie (PR Web) NewsReader News Feeds 1 03-25-2008 04:07 PM
Lake Erie Instructions dawg62 Learning to Sail 3 04-17-2007 11:02 PM
Fair Wind Sailing School Launches First ASA Sailing School on Lake Erie (PR Web) NewsReader News Feeds 0 08-01-2006 04:15 AM
Lake Ontario to Florida, Keys & caribbean amunk Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 8 06-02-2005 06:34 AM
chrysler 20 and lake erie?? livetosail68 Learning to Sail 1 01-04-2004 09:32 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:06 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012