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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

To add to what Killarney said,
The Erie Canal route has the added benefit that the trip down the Hudson River is spectacular according to several of my friends who have done this route.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

I would not say that the Hudson is spectacular but it is a very nice trip as is the Canal itself. To the OP, any of the Landfalls would be fine for the St Lawrence route as long as you have radar. If the idea is to go down and come back then it makes sense to go down the St Lawrence route and come back via the Erie. This way means you avoid coming against the current which is doable but very slow.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

Hi OffWeGo, it's a great life afloat! We started in Lake Michigan and had intended to do the St Lawrence route as well; it looked wonderful. Unfortunately job constraints forced us to truck the boat to Annapolis - it was November and we had only 6 days to be at headquarters in D.C. We've since crewed on other parts of the route with a Great Loop friend and it was just as spectacular as we thought it would be.

Regardless of which way to travel through the Great Lakes and NY, leaving Annapolis in late Sept/early Oct to do the ICW to Florida is easy and interesting.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

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any of the Landfalls would be fine for the St Lawrence route as long as you have radar.
Could you elaborate on that a bit?
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could you elaborate on that a bit?
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

Those boats are up to the trip, but there is a good possibility of fog anywhere from the lower St Lawrence to almost Long Island Sound and this is not to say you will get it, just that you could.
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Would it be reasonable to think one could depart late August and sail to Florida leaving Port Dover, Ontario, Lake Erie to Florida coast. I hope this isn't too broad of a question.
A number of sailors regularly leave Port Dover in late August/Sept (or, if you're Wally Moran, November) and head south, returning in May. Go for it!
I see you have bought a Landfall. Nice boat. Did you buy Orial-C?
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A number of sailors regularly leave Port Dover in late August/Sept (or, if you're Wally Moran, November) and head south, returning in May. Go for it!
I see you have bought a Landfall. Nice boat. Did you buy Orial-C?
May as well check out Wally's blog for the most interesting encounters as he sails from Georgian Bay to Florida and beyond:

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Yes Brian, Orial-C is a done deal for us, and we are so excited to set sail with her. We will look forward to hopefully meeting you and your significant other this summer when we have all our ducks in a row. We have been there a couple of seasons, what a beautiful Marina. Orial-C belonged to my dh's brother, who is just as excited to see her have new visions on the sea/oceans and has offered any and all assistance we need in our travels. We last sail her 2011. I've been following your blog and really enjoy it, so if you see a visitor from Edmonton, it's likely one of us.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

What a great boat! I have envied her from across the fairway for a while. i'm glad you enjoy the blog... since you're probably gonna end up becoming post fodder next season.
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