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07-18-2013 11:47 PM
shanedennis
Re: Lake Erie to Lake Ontario

We just crossed Lake Erie west to east Some spots there are pretty beaches but there was nowhere I felt comfortable swimming. I also would avoid eating fish caught in Lake Erie.

Too many dead fish floating in the water, too much algae, too many condoms and balloons, too smelly in general. Very unhealthy body of water. I've heard the health of the lake is improving and commend the people involved in the effort.

We did enjoy the reliable south westerlies and some great downwind sailing.
07-18-2013 09:44 PM
tidewaterv
Re: Lake Erie to Lake Ontario

have sailed west on lake erie many times always on south shore great sailing light wind but consistent shore breezes...it is not difficult..great harbors,nice beaches,
07-18-2013 09:40 PM
tidewaterv
Re: Lake Erie to Lake Ontario

lake erie vs lake ontario..both great ..but for swimming warm lake erie isgreat sailing south shore ,erie pa,astabula,rocky river vermillion,north side port dover ,great beaches &marina,pt. colburne great marina &beach area....lake ontario,youngs town,niagara on lake,pt dalhousie,50pt marina ,,lake ontario very cold for swimming,...lighter fair winds on erie..but ontario good also...as to canal..have transited to many times to remember..no real problems but need 3 crew to handle lines with good gloves..canal lines can be rough.......another side is take erie canal to oswego canal to lake ontario @oswego ..mast out @blackrock back in oswego then sail to where ever ...
02-22-2010 08:55 PM
bljones Because the canal says so.
Seriously, it is for line handling duties. One on the helm, two on the lines.
02-22-2010 08:52 PM
fparry
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Originally Posted by LynW View Post
The lines are so high that it is hard work holding them. Although it is permitted to descend with just two people aboard able to handle lines, take a third if possible. Going up, there must be three people.
I just purchased a 27' boat which is being stored in Dunkirk, NY on Lake Erie. My plan is to have it placed in the water and then sail it to Sodus Bay which is located between Rochester and Oswego on the south shore of Lake Ontario. I found the information in your post valuable and informative. Can you tell me why 3 people are needed when traveling from the south to the north on the Welland Canal ?
02-24-2008 05:45 PM
AjariBonten Hey Chappy!

We're not ready to make that jump yet; mostly long term planning. We're stuck in the Finger Lakes for a while (work & kids).

My wifes family lives right in your area. We looked at Olcott a month or so ago and it's really pretty. We haven't had a chance to look at Youngstown yet.

well met...... and welcome aboard!
02-24-2008 11:41 AM
chappyonice
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Originally Posted by AjariBonten View Post
Thanks Val, I said it and I STILL have to remind myself. Youngstown looks great, as does Olcott Beach. The Mate and I are going to take a ride up and check them out this coming weekend.

Apparently Y-T is closer to her relatives, but Olcott is a more direct drive. Depending on costs and sailing issues; they seem to be likely candidates.

I don't want to go as far east as Rochester; but otherwise from everything I've been reading it's Ontario over Erie all the way.

Fred
Did you ever make you decision? Dug this thread up and I'm on my way back to Youngstown this year. Bought my boat in Youngstown just over a year ago and moved her to Buffalo (going through the Welland was $200 and took about 12 hours including motoring - the actual canal was about 6). My wife and I have now decided to move her back to Youngstown after we got to know some of folks there when our kids were in the junior sailing program. Let me know if you decided on Youngstown!
10-22-2007 10:26 PM
Valiente Then I might see you out there next year! I'm the one that looks like the Land Rover from "Born Free" with a stick in it.
10-22-2007 01:30 PM
AjariBonten
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Originally Posted by Valiente View Post
Well, not everyone is that clear a thinker....... Good luck with Youngstown. There's other options, depending on how far from Buffalo you care to go.
Thanks Val, I said it and I STILL have to remind myself. Youngstown looks great, as does Olcott Beach. The Mate and I are going to take a ride up and check them out this coming weekend.

Apparently Y-T is closer to her relatives, but Olcott is a more direct drive. Depending on costs and sailing issues; they seem to be likely candidates.

I don't want to go as far east as Rochester; but otherwise from everything I've been reading it's Ontario over Erie all the way.

Fred
10-22-2007 12:05 PM
Valiente
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Rule #1 : Always make sailing decisins for sailing reasons!
Well, not everyone is that clear a thinker. I get the impression that the east end of Erie is where the water constantly sloshes, and it must be a bitch to sail west from there. Good luck with Youngstown. There's other options, depending on how far from Buffalo you care to go.
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