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Re: Boat shopping, need some tips for Great Lakes boat moving (Ontario\Erie to Huron)
I have done both trips more than once. I would think if you hussle two weeks might be adequate for either trip.
Lake Erie is probably the easier one;
-From Port Dover to Thessalon you are looking at about 500 miles made good. Its a long way. There are no bridges and no locks for the entire distance.
-The route I would take is Lake Erie>Detroit River>Lake St Claire>St Clair River>Lake Huron direct to North Channel.
-Lake Erie, depending on where you start can be a grueling 240 mile beat to windward against the prevailing wind.
-Detroit River is an easy 26 mile motor.
-Lake St Claire is an easy 21 mile motor sail.
-The St Clair River is an easy motor but bucking some fairly strong currents, so your speed will be hampered. About 35 miles.
-Lake Huron, should be a beam reach assuming prevailing westerlies. I would aim for overnight sailing on Lake Huron because the Lakes girth can add a huge amount of distance to your trip. If You have a crew who can stand watches, you should be able to get across Huron in a couple of days. Hopping port to port- at least 4 or 5 days.
Lake Ontario to Thessalon I would do a totally different approach.
-Mast down and Motor the Trent Severn canal. The canal is only open 9-5 ish, so figure 30 miles a day for 8 days. Its long, but it is a beautiful trip.
-Now You are in Southern Georgian Bay. Figure 175 mile close reach to Thessalon. Georgian Bay is much narrower than Huron though, so stopping at night is less of a burden.
-There are 44 locks and 39 swing bridges on this route.
Trucking is an option, big load and long distance, you can get quotes from trucking companies. I am guessing north of $3000, but I don't know how far north.
Last edited by Arcb; 12-28-2017 at 11:16 AM.