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With your plan, the first year to Lake Ontario, be sure to spend a few weeks in the North Channel, it is the highlight of the trip. Look to store your boat away from the NYC metropolitan area, it will be much cheaper (although considerably more expensive than what you are used to in Lake Michigan).

A question was asked about Lake Ontario to the Gaspe, a week would be fine for the trip - you get a hell of a boost from the current so it is quick. I would go slowly in the Thousand Islands and quickly from the end of the TI to Quebec City (with a stop in Montreal) and then take my time downstream from QC

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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As long as you're traveling might as well take the C&D canal into the Chesapeake Bay and sail south from there. Hit the Bay at the end of a season and there's plenty of places for winter storage.
What's the C&D Canal and does taking it mean missing NYC?


Killarney sailor: We took a 3 month cruise this summer and did the North Channel...it was amazing! The problem is, we're now aching for more cruising, thus the thought of heading to the east coast and then south.

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The C&D is the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, it will take you from the Delaware Bay to the head of the Chesapeake Bay. It would not mean missing NYC. Basically take a right at the end of New Jersey into Delaware Bay. It will add some miles to the trip but why waste an opportunity to sail the Chesapeake, visiting Baltimore and Annapolis.

BTW, someone said your winter layups were too long and I agree unless its a work or family issue. You'll find the sailing season in Maryland and south is much longer than you experience on the Great Lakes.

Don't know your college affiliation, if any but .... GO BLUE!!!!

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BTW, someone said your winter layups were too long and I agree unless its a work or family issue. You'll find the sailing season in Maryland and south is much longer than you experience on the Great Lakes.

Don't know your college affiliation, if any but .... GO BLUE!!!!
Our winter layups are dictated by my wife's teaching job, hence we cruise from June through August. I am self-employed and can telecommute.

I went to MSU, so I'll counter with Go Green!

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I went to MSU, so I'll counter with Go Green!
Oh, a Spartan. Good luck this Saturday against Wisconsin. It would be great if both teams could bring unbeatten records to the 'Big House' on October 9 for their traditional rivalry.

Wouldn't it be great if both teams could be the Buckeyes this year? Go Green! Go Blue!

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Given the original posters intent to take three to four years I'd suggest cruising Long Island Sound, Narraganset Bay, the Elizabeth Islands, Block, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Peconic Bay. The temperate climate is much more attractive than what you'll find from the Chesapeake south in the summer months.

Last year I met an English couple cruising on LIS. They kept their boat in CT and flew to CT every Spring and home every Autumn for the previous eight years. It5 makes sense to me.
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Yes, but with a goal of making it to the Bahamas, he has to move south, out of New England, eventually.

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The other issue is whether or not the Bahamas are a suitable cruising ground from June-August. I know hurricanes are fairly rare in the Bahamas, but is that time period still a risk?

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Re: Best Route: Great Lakes to East Coast?

can anyone point me in the right direction to plan out my trip from sturgeon bay wi to nova scotia?
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Re: Best Route: Great Lakes to East Coast?

Mike, what kind of boat, how much experience do you have, how much time - and do you have radar?

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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