Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're Taking Your Boat Where?!? How?!?

We get a lot of questions from people about how a boat gets from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic without being hauled out and strapped on a trailer. At first I wasn't really sure either, I knew it could be done but I didn't know exactly where the route would take us. And us trying to explain the route to people only leads to a lot of blank stares, random head nodding and confused smiles.

Most people ask us if we're heading out the St. Lawrence Seaway, I don't think people realize how much of a long, isolated trip that is and just how brief of a seasonal window there is to complete it. Nope, not doing that, but we have other options!

Need a map? Sure, I stole one fair and square from our friend Kevin over at Sail Far Live Free (with a little modification)! If you're interested in the details of these options Kevin does a great job covering them, just follow the link!

Image adapted from Here

Since we'll be in the North Channel before heading for the East Coast we can either continue on via the Trent-Severn Waterway and Oswego Canal then enter the Erie Canal or we can head south and pass by Detroit via the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River and enter the west end of the Erie Canal off Lake Erie.
So what exactly are we going to do? With there being rumors of a seriously depth-challenged Trent-Severn Waterway for a boat with our draft (5'6"), we'll be making the trip around The Mitten (Michigan for you non-michiganders), passing by Detroit, hitting up the Erie Canal, getting dumped into the Hudson River in NY and passing through NYC where we'll start our treck down the East Coast. Due to low, immobile bridges on the Erie Canal we'll also have our mast taken down, tied to the boat and put up again once through the canal.
Our friends Matt & Jessica ready for the Erie Canal

A 50ft mast definitely wouldn't fit under here
Image here
And that, my friends, is how you get a boat from Lake Michigan to the East Coast and the warm waters of the Caribbean!

1 comment:

  1. Hi I am headed south in October down to the Gulf via Ten Tom Know Joan and Frank for many yeas and grew up around the Marina