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08-11-2009 08:51 AM
Vasco There is a video reporting station at Wilson. It is way up the creek past the marina by the State park so you'll need a dinghy to get there unless you take your boat up there. There's a few slips in the park usually used by fishermen but enough water for 6 foot draft. As you're over 30 ft you'll need a customs decal. If you don't have one you'll eventually get a bill.
08-11-2009 01:38 AM
ladybo
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We are doing Niagara on the Lake trip every year sometimes 2-3 times per year. It is 5 hour trip sailing in a good wind and 4.5 hour motoring if there is no wind. Niagara on the Lake is a busy place and they don't like visitors for a week. We usually call at 5 miles out and they will invite you to fuel dock and in most cases find place for you. If it's your first time spending a week in Niagara will be ok but after fist time it may get a bit boring. Another place to consider is Port Dalhousie Peer Marina. They are not as nice as Niagara but on the positive side they always have space there so if Niagara for any reason turns you down you can move to Peer Marina for a day or two and come back to Niagara. Another good place to visit is Wilson, NY. We stay at Tuscarora yacht club and it's nice, quiet and in park like settings. If you are with kids you will like it. I would suggest split trip between Niagara and Wilson. Wilson is only 11-12 nm to the east of Niagara.

We have a hunter 29.5 next door to you at TSCC and we just come back from 10 days trip. 5 days Niagara, 1 Youngstown, 2 at Dalhousie and 2 at Wilson NY. Just plan for a good weather window and you will be good. If you leaving in Jul-Aug try to leave early so you get in before any local thunderstorms have time to form.

other than passports is there anything else we would need to take if we decide to go to wilson. btw we are probably only going to spend one day at each marina and just take it slow and stop at a few ports to and from ontario place. the kids can't handle a long sail at this point. so it will be baby sails every day ...each day getting us closer....i guess what would also be useful to know is which ports enroute to niagara are the best to experience with kids. thanks again
08-07-2009 01:21 PM
jjns Ladybo - Do you know about Toronto Harbour Licenses, supposed to have one if you are navigating ANY powered craft within Toronto Harbour authority area (think of it as Leslie st spit to the far side of the Island airport).
Mostly a duplication of the PCOC but with an in water test as well. As long as you can operate a small alum boat with a 9.9hp boat and recover the lost lifejacket without shredding it in the prop,you should pass.
Mostly a PITA and a money grab, but still a requirement for the area.

Have fun.
08-06-2009 12:35 PM
ichorniy We are doing Niagara on the Lake trip every year sometimes 2-3 times per year. It is 5 hour trip sailing in a good wind and 4.5 hour motoring if there is no wind. Niagara on the Lake is a busy place and they don't like visitors for a week. We usually call at 5 miles out and they will invite you to fuel dock and in most cases find place for you. If it's your first time spending a week in Niagara will be ok but after fist time it may get a bit boring. Another place to consider is Port Dalhousie Peer Marina. They are not as nice as Niagara but on the positive side they always have space there so if Niagara for any reason turns you down you can move to Peer Marina for a day or two and come back to Niagara. Another good place to visit is Wilson, NY. We stay at Tuscarora yacht club and it's nice, quiet and in park like settings. If you are with kids you will like it. I would suggest split trip between Niagara and Wilson. Wilson is only 11-12 nm to the east of Niagara.

We have a hunter 29.5 next door to you at TSCC and we just come back from 10 days trip. 5 days Niagara, 1 Youngstown, 2 at Dalhousie and 2 at Wilson NY. Just plan for a good weather window and you will be good. If you leaving in Jul-Aug try to leave early so you get in before any local thunderstorms have time to form.
08-01-2009 10:12 PM
Valiente Try Queen City Yacht Club. I don't know their price for non-reciprocal boaters, but it can't be that bad.

Just veer to the left when you go in, as there are shallows in the center. The way is properly buoyed.
07-31-2009 03:46 PM
Vasco You can tie up on the wall at Hanlons, it's the most westerly entrance on the island, just after the airport. First come first served. If you belong to a club you can get a slip at RCYC or IYC or Queen City Yacht Club.
07-31-2009 01:44 PM
ladybo we just called and it seems they are full. i guess we should have reserved earlier but someone had told us it shouldn't be a problem. in any case we are on a waiting list and are hoping something will open up. are there other places on the island where we could tie up for the day in the event we don't get a spot at the marina?
thanks again for the help. i really do appreciate all the kindness.
07-31-2009 10:10 AM
ladybo my husband is calling the marina today to get the reservation, so i have my fingers crossed....will also keep them crossed for a fleet free passage.
07-31-2009 09:35 AM
patrickrea C is the quietest basin (feels like being up north except for seeing the Porter planes coming in and out) but A probably has a little more depth. If your are in fact going this weekend, be advised there is live music at the outdoor bar all 3 nights but the music shuts down at 11pm.

Also be advised that the snack bar is easily overwhelmed if they get more than 3 orders at the same time. A quick plate of fries may not be that quick. I am a cook/co-owner of a restaurant and just can't figure out what the problem is. At least the coffee is mostly acceptable but not for the price. The food isn't bad, in fact breakfast can downright spectacular for a paper plate, but a little pricey. I would get your snacks elsewhere.

Another quick tip. Watch out for ugly tour boats coming out of the channel when headed back into C basin. They do a tour of Long Pond and then head out the channel. Some of them are a decent size. I usually go pretty slow in that channel. My first time going in, a small fleet of Albacores was coming out.
07-30-2009 09:08 PM
ladybo so grateful to be part of this community. thanks so much for your tips and hospitality patrick. we will stop by and say hello. we do draw 5'6" and i was afraid it would be shallow. which makes me nervous. in this case is c basin the best section for us. i would hate to be the newbie who ends up on the lift.
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