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Re: Duluth to Knife River

Once you've nailed down the area you plan to visit, let me know. I'm happy to tell you what I know about your planned cruising ground. I've travelled the whole stretch, from Thunder Bay to the Sault, a many times.

I love our Rocna (a 25 kg for our 27,000 pound boat). We also carry a large danforth, and a 15 kg Bruce as a stern anchor. There are some anchorages where a bow and stern tie are useful. In other places it is good to tie to shore with a stern anchor. But we hang off our Rocna probably 98% of the time.
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I don't think you will be disappointed in your trip. Radar would also be nice if you do not already have it.
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Re: Duluth to Knife River

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Thank you for the offer of information and advice. I will take you up on it. Our "little" boat at 7,000 pounds is happy with the 15k Rocna. I sleep well. Do you set yours with a trip line?

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Re: Duluth to Knife River

Shane,

We do have radar. It is important along the Maine coast. Fog can be an issue at certain times of the year. Things can change quite quickly.

Is fog an issue on Lake Superior? We have only enjoyed wind and spectacular thunder storms. Having lightning hitting the island you are camped on with fairly high frequency sure adds to the adventure. Mostly it has been beautiful paddling in an ocean of Aquafina. Spectacular!

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Thank you for the offer of information and advice. I will take you up on it. Our "little" boat at 7,000 pounds is happy with the 15k Rocna. I sleep well. Do you set yours with a trip line?
Your Rocna is well suited (oversized!) for your boat. Good choice indeed.

I deploy a trip line perhaps 5% of the time. I only use it when I know, through visual inspection or reputation, that an anchorage has a lot of logs or debris on the bottom. On Superior you can usually see down 20' or more, so the bottom is often visible. Of course, when anchoring in the outflow of rivers, the water becomes more mirky, so you can't always count on visibility.

All this said, the only times we've ever snagged a log or a tree is when we haven't deployed the trip line. And conversely, we've never had to use the trip line to retrieve the anchor ... so you never really know.
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We do have radar. It is important along the Maine coast. Fog can be an issue at certain times of the year. Things can change quite quickly.

Is fog an issue on Lake Superior? We have only enjoyed wind and spectacular thunder storms. Having lightning hitting the island you are camped on with fairly high frequency sure adds to the adventure. Mostly it has been beautiful paddling in an ocean of Aquafina. Spectacular!
Hi Down, Superior is definitely known for its fog. May and June it's quite common, July can still be quite foggy, August/September is less so, but still not uncommon. Two seasons ago we were out for our typical 35 day journey, but this time left the end of June. We experienced thick fog for at least 15 of those days.

We don't have radar, but would have one if $$ were no issue. That said, it is not a necessity on Superior -- not b/c there isn't a lot of fog, but b/c there isn't a lot of other traffic. As long as you have good charts, and good navigation abilities, it's not hard to remain safe. It does mean being fog-bound some days. Good excuse to do some additional reading or exploring!
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"a usual 35 day journey" Good on ya!

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"a usual 35 day journey" Good on ya!

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Did you just give yourself away as a fellow Aussie expat or is "good on ya" also an East Coast colloquialism? I agree the sea of aquafina is quite spectacular. Unlimited access to freshwater for washing and cleaning also make staying on a boat easier. I will miss it when we set sail bound for Moreton Bay this summer.
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Shane,

Just a Downeaster. Nice trip ahead of you. What is your route to the real Sea? The Aquafina is beautiful but the Sea is much more interesting. How did you get to MN? I would love to make it to Moreton Bay one day.

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Just a Downeaster.

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Not "just". I bet most foreign sailors would love the opportunity to sail the east coast of the US one day.

I happened to come to the US almost by accident- came for a wedding and ended up spending more time than anticipated. I've enjoyed my stay.

We plan to head east through the great lakes and then to the Atlantic via the Erie canal. We will stick mainly to the US side. Leaving in early May, want to be in the Chesapeake by October.
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