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sailing from mattapoisett to Toronto Canada via hudson

I recently purchased a boat in Mattapoisset MA and will be bringing her back to Canada in the early spring. I'm looking for all the advice I can get from someone who has done the trip before. What type of sail should I expect from Buzzards bay to NYC?

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To New York? Up the Hudson to the lakes then? Spring can be blustery, and cool on the Long island Sound. The days may be warm, but the water is cold. Still, there are plenty of good harbors. Generally the wind is southwest, you might be beating a lot. Try to work with the tides, they can give you or cost you 1.5 knots, much more in some spots.
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Depending on the weather you may get some fog, rain or both. It also could be fairly cool at times so bring appropriate clothing. Give yourself time to pick your weather window.
The later you go the more marinas and shore side places will be open and operating.
Good luck with your delivery.
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I take it you're going up the Hudson to the Erie Canal? There have been several threads about doing that particular trip, including recommendations for where to unstep and step the mast on each end. I'd recommend you do a search for those thread using the search technique listed in the post in my signature, which uses google, rather than the sailnet search engine.

As for the trip from Mattapoisett... it really depends a lot on the wind and weather. If the wind is out of the southwest, it can be a lumpy, cold trip to NYC. You will need to time your approach to LIS to take advantage of the tidal currents.
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Thanks for the information. Do you think it's a better idea to bypass the LIS and go offshore instead? As for the current and tides I have been studying them and will plan accordingly. As for the trip up the hudson to the erie canal is a familiar one for me but only done going the other way around heading south. Mostly trying to get advice from the Mattapoisett to NYC trip. Do you guys recommend any good books to pick up on the area?

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Define "early spring."

The Erie canal does not open until May 1st at the earliest, so keep that in mind, as well as the fact that during the early season the lock hours are shorter. That may make your trip longer than anticipated.
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No, going through LIS is probably safer and easier.

I would highly recommend getting The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast, Eldridge’s 2010 Tide and Pilot Book, and the Maptech/Richardson's waterproof chart books for Buzzards Bay, Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound for the Mattapoisett to NYC portion of the trip.


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Thanks for the information. Do you think it's a better idea to bypass the LIS and go offshore instead? As for the current and tides I have been studying them and will plan accordingly. As for the trip up the hudson to the erie canal is a familiar one for me but only done going the other way around heading south. Mostly trying to get advice from the Mattapoisett to NYC trip. Do you guys recommend any good books to pick up on the area?

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What would be the best way for me to get from Logan Airport to Mattapoisett? Are there shuttle services that cover that area? Can anyone give any suggestions? Trying to avoid renting a car

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You could try the SuperShuttle, but they tend to be expensive. There is a bus that runs down to New Bedford, but not to Mattapoisett AFAIK.

The other thing you could try is to get a ride from someone local to the area.

What boat did you buy??

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Hi borva
I'm from Padnarum which is nearby. I would suggest a bus to r New Bedford and then a taxi or a local bus
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