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I'm taking delivery of a Iroquois MKII if spring ever gets here.

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I've made the Welland trip from Ontario to Erie for the past 6 years to deliver a Hunter 38.6, believe me the trip on th Erie canal would be an easier trip. It's for one FREE the welland is now $200 one way CDN or US there is no exchange rate, also you can be caught in the Canal any where from 4.5 hrs to 30 hrs making the trip thru. Remember the freighters have preferance over pleasure craft.
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Good point and I appreciate the input. Have you or anyone else done the full Eire Canal? The thought of motoring the entire distance is unappealing and I did live in Welland and have relatives there. Weather forecast would also be a big factor.

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Thanks Dave,

How did you find the actual locking conditions? Did you use fender boards? I 'm going to be doing it in a 6,500lb 30' cat with a 13'-6" beam and also wondering what your boat weighs.

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John
The locks are huge so be prepared for a fun ride. First big lock we went through, we were heading down and all of a sudden this big identation in the wall appears with a huge discharge tube sticking up. Just as we go passed it, it spewed out a ton of cold water, right on top of my wife sitting on the foredeck. If looks could kill.....
I didn't use fender boards but I would highly recommend them.
My boat displaces 10600 pounds.

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Did 10 years on Lake Ontario and 20 in South FL. Don't know Lake Michigan. Always thought it to be shallow vs. Ontario.
On Ontario, I recall a major storm every 3 or 4 years and coming back from the St Lawrence in brisk westerlies was a problem.
Never had anything close to crossing the Gulf Stream in a norther.
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