I'm sorry, did I miss something? I've taken an 80' sailboat from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Erie without dropping the masts.
I know captains who've taken much larger and taller rigs to and from the Great Lakes, as well. Just how tall is your mast? Over 110 feet? I'm pretty sure even with that, you can get under any bridges on the St Lawrence Seaway.
The only thing you missed was the chance to give me the answer I was seeking at the very first post. This is all I wanted to know, thank you.
My current mast height is about 30' maybe? I am currently sailing a chrystler 20' in circles on various lakes in Colorado, gaining my sailing experience for when my wife and I retire on our larger cruising yacht in (hopefully) ten more years.
We were both curious about if we could sail to grand island to visit her mom without taking the mast down and up each year, and that led me to make this post since people would dance around the fact, and most said it is silly to go so far just de-mast and be done. But I could not find a single post with the statement you just made which is basically yes, you can do it, I have done it.
I understand it will be a long trip if we skip the erie canal, but we will not be in any rush that I know of, especially since we have family all the way up to boston. The only other question I would have is how feasible is it to do the trip both ways and still spend quality time with her family in buffalo NY and avoid the hurricane season traveling up and down the ICW. We even thought of just staying in Lake Ontario and avoiding the locks in welland canal since it would only be a short drive for her family to meet up to us ( any suggested ports or slips or anchorages in ontario lake near niagra?)
I am hoping that our mast height will eventually be just below the required height to do all of the ICW (think it is 56?)
Anyway, thanks for the very simple answer Capta, and thanks to the rest of you for the links, more studying for me to do before the trip.
I might buy one of those cruising guids for the loop, but I have read that you should always buy the most recent cruising guide, and ten years from now is a long time in this ever changing world, so I might wait a bit to by one.