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Re: Ontario to Champlain
I have no experience with the St. Lawrence route but I have done the Erie to Hudson, except I turned south. The canal system was pretty cool the first time I did it. After that it was boring(mostly). The sides of the locks are FILTHY! Keep that in mind when rigging you fenders as they will get filthy as well. If memory serves you will get a consistent 5ft of water to work with, more in some spots but I am almost positive you will always have at least 5'. You may dock at the locks, overnight if needed, but there wont be any place to plug in if you need it. To do that you will have to get a slip along the way, which are available. Plan well though, sometimes you get caught at a lock waiting for opposing traffic which will cause you to miss your next lock and leave you waiting overnight. Most locks have some sort of civilization within walking distance if you need to grab a few supplies but your better off bringing what you need. Not knowing where you're coming from I would say plan on 4-6 days, more if you like to explore places along the way.
I'm sorry, I've never done the Hudson north of the Erie. No doubt someone will be along shortly to pick up/add too where I left off.
Congrats on the boat if you do buy it.
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