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03-19-2008 07:21 AM
jfitzgerald Did 10 years on Lake Ontario and 20 in South FL. Don't know Lake Michigan. Always thought it to be shallow vs. Ontario.
On Ontario, I recall a major storm every 3 or 4 years and coming back from the St Lawrence in brisk westerlies was a problem.
Never had anything close to crossing the Gulf Stream in a norther.
Fitz
03-19-2008 06:38 AM
BreakingWind2
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Originally Posted by Catsailor07 View Post
Thanks Dave,

How did you find the actual locking conditions? Did you use fender boards? I 'm going to be doing it in a 6,500lb 30' cat with a 13'-6" beam and also wondering what your boat weighs.

Cheers,

John
The locks are huge so be prepared for a fun ride. First big lock we went through, we were heading down and all of a sudden this big identation in the wall appears with a huge discharge tube sticking up. Just as we go passed it, it spewed out a ton of cold water, right on top of my wife sitting on the foredeck. If looks could kill.....
I didn't use fender boards but I would highly recommend them.
My boat displaces 10600 pounds.

Dave
03-18-2008 10:36 AM
Catsailor07 Good point and I appreciate the input. Have you or anyone else done the full Eire Canal? The thought of motoring the entire distance is unappealing and I did live in Welland and have relatives there. Weather forecast would also be a big factor.

John
03-18-2008 10:21 AM
Pogo-2 I've made the Welland trip from Ontario to Erie for the past 6 years to deliver a Hunter 38.6, believe me the trip on th Erie canal would be an easier trip. It's for one FREE the welland is now $200 one way CDN or US there is no exchange rate, also you can be caught in the Canal any where from 4.5 hrs to 30 hrs making the trip thru. Remember the freighters have preferance over pleasure craft.
03-18-2008 09:24 AM
Catsailor07 I'm taking delivery of a Iroquois MKII if spring ever gets here.

John
03-18-2008 03:24 AM
sailingdog John-

What catamaran do you have?
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Originally Posted by Catsailor07 View Post
Thanks Dave,

How did you find the actual locking conditions? Did you use fender boards? I 'm going to be doing it in a 6,500lb 30' cat with a 13'-6" beam and also wondering what your boat weighs.

Cheers,

John
03-17-2008 11:59 PM
Catsailor07
Welland Canal

Thanks Dave,

How did you find the actual locking conditions? Did you use fender boards? I 'm going to be doing it in a 6,500lb 30' cat with a 13'-6" beam and also wondering what your boat weighs.

Cheers,

John
03-16-2008 08:46 AM
BreakingWind2 Having done the Welland Canal in a sailboat, I will chime in.
Remember, as a pleasure craft, you are low man on the totem pole on when you get to be locked through, the freighters take priority.
We arrived at the Port Colborne (top of the canal) at 7:00 in the morning and called to let them know we would like to come through. We were told to go have a loooooooooong breakfast because there were several freighters due in. He told us it would be about 1:00 pm before we would likely start. Turned out to be about 3:15 before we started. But, because the freighters were still in the lock system, we had to keep waiting for them to clear the locks. We finally came out the bottom end at 1:30 in the morning!
Another thing to remember is, if you are heading up the lock system (from Ontario to Erie) you are required to have 3 persons on board.
03-16-2008 03:03 AM
Catsailor07
Erie Canal to Erie

I'm planning on a transit to Georgian Bay and wondering if exiting at Oswego, puting the mast up and doing the Welland Canal would be better than sticking with the Eire Canal to Buffalo?

John
03-06-2006 04:01 PM
sailortjk1 Have you planned your route?

Through Erie and the Welland or Georgian Bay and the Trent?
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