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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

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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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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.
Yea, living on the hard does not sound pleasant. I could only see doing it if I were doing repairs on the bottom. Lots of people think it would be better to be on the hard in winter, but water is a lot warmer than air during the winter! I think few yards will let you do it so it is good to know of a few that may allow it. The thought of having to climb down a ladder and walk across a parking lot to use the head, is a lot worse than the furthest slip! Especially in the winter.
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Come on, living on the hard is just a matter of perspective.
If one lived in a small garret in the 14th arondissement in Paris in a building with no elevator,with no indoor plumbing and a fireplace for heat, it would be a romantic adventure, and you would be the envy of many.
Living on the hard is really no different.





















































Yeah, having read what I just wrote, I'm not buying it either. carry on.
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Re: ? Sail from Lake Erie to Florida late August

Thanks Sony2000 and SVTatia, we do not plan to live aboard on the hard on the sailboat. We will spending as much time sailing and preparing where the boat is presently, and hope for a later September departure south on one of the canal routes. BLjones, hahaha on the Paris digs, a romantic time for us is a cold six pack, where ever we are and with what ever facilities. Presently, we are getting our land affairs in order and hoping for a July 1st departure from Alberta to Ontario to begin our retirement which I like to describe as out with the old, in with the new ways. Thanks to all for your continued suggestions, ideas etc.
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Good lord, man, at this rate by the time you accumulate a post count high enough to send a pm, you will have forgotten what you wanted to say.
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Glad to see this question and feed back as we are planing the same. We need to figure out when to leave Grand Traverse bay taking into consideration weather. We are considering the Erie Canal route,unless someone gives a good reason not to.
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Wally is a veteran of Great Lakes to Florida transits via the ICW.

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