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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

We will be located in Port Dover, Ont., so that is the north eastern part of Lake Erie. We will likely look at traveling to Lake Ont, to the St Lawrence Seaway, and then to the ICW that goes south from there. DH had hoped to go around the maritimes but we will likely be too late to do that this year. So many questions, so much research! We have some concerns about having to pull the mast, so we are really trying to learn as much as possible about all the routes, and what will be required. I figure for the ol'hands, it's a piece of cake, but for us first timers... it seems like a such a biggy! Actually everything we are planning is a big time life change! I will pm you once I have enough posts that will permit it.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

Off, from Lake Erie, not going to the Maritimes you have two choices. You can go to Buffalo, take your mast down and do the entire Erie Canal to the Hudson near Albany. Or you can go through the Welland Canal (easy going downhill), do Lake Ontario and end up in Oswego in the SE.corner. Here you take your mast down and go through the short Oswego Canal that joins the Erie. Each of these routes has its advantages. There is a third route, down the St Lawrence to Sorel which is past Montreal and then south through a couple of canals and Lake Champlain to join the Hudson near Albany. This route is much further and mor expensive (have to pay for Welland and Seaway locks) so I would suggest one of the others

BTW, the ICW does not start until the southern end of the Chesaoeake in Virginia.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

Going south from Sorel, Quebec, was used as one alternative to the closed Erie Canal a couple of years back. In Virginia, the Chesapeake Railway Marina is excellent and not at all expensive on the hard. Liveaboards on the hard, are well accepted.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

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Liveaboards on the hard, are well accepted.
Do you mean living aboard, while up on stands? I can hardly imagine any living accommodation with greater challenges. Virginia would be a bit more temperate than here, however, in the water the hull can't generally get below freezing. No lowerr limit to the temp of the keel in the air and it acts as a huge heat sink. I imagine the heat would never stop running on cold days. Then, climbing and descending a ladder rountinely in the winter. Ooph. I like all things sailing, but I've found my limit.

I do recall a family friend that lived aboard over the winter, but the boat was kept indoors.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

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Keep in mind that whatever route you choose, when you approach the ocean you will be faced with a different component that doesn't affect the Great Lakes -tides. Be prepared for some challenges initially - no big deal but you have to learn how to use it in your favor.
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