Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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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
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.