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Deep draft for lake Ontario

I know a number of 6-8 ft draft racers on the lake and they do just fine, but would I be comfortable cruising in a 7 ft draft boat? Would that be a limiting factor in trying to find a slip in the Toronto area? Would that affect future resale value of the boat, with water levels being unpredictable lately?
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Re: Deep draft for lake Ontario

If you never plan to leave the west end of lake ontario, 7' draft is fine.
It does, however, eliminate a large number of cruising destinations.
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Re: Deep draft for lake Ontario

I agree with the above comment. We have some deep draft boats in our club and their cruising entails a lot of anchoring and planning access to pump-out facilities etc. Last year the water levels in the west end of lake Ontario were down about a foot and a half and this caused a few docking challenges in our club and some issues with demasting and haulout for a few boats. Nothing we couldn't solve, but a problem none the less. This year, water isn't an issue but with the kind of weather we are getting, who knows water future years hold!
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