A friend is moving his Hunter 340 from Stamford, CT to Chicago in late June. Somehow, I offered to help! Actually, it sounds like an adventure. The early legs are fairly well set: around Manhattan, up the Hudson, Erie Canal to Oswego? Then, the choices are:
1- Lake Ontario, Welland Canal, Lake Erie, Detroit, Lake Huron, Mackinack. Lots of open waters, chance of bad weather, wind on the nose, etc.
2- cross Lake Ontario, Trent-severn Waterway, Georgian Bay, North Channel, Mackinac. Lots of motoring through what sounds like some delightful areas.
Would appreciate any and all wisdoms and suggestions.
Wow! Either one will have its adventure!!
A 34 Hunter would make the cruise, no problem, through the open water. Prevailing in the lower Great Lakes is between SW and NW. Head winds ya, but not too bad.
The Trent is a phenomenally beautiful cruise! This is some of Ontario's best, laid out in front of you..... The biggest consideration here is cost. Fuel is NOT cheap!!!!!!!!!!!! and yes, it would be Lots of motoring. The other expense to think about is mooring and lock fees for a 34 ft boat.
I guess it all depends on the pocket book and the 'adventure ' you desire... again, either way it will be!! Good Luck and Good winds!!
Now that you have made the trip, what route did you take? Were the cost at the locks? I sail Lake Michigan, but plan to take our boat south one day. I am considering the Erie canal route or Tennessee Tombigbee. I have a Hunter 45CC and wonder about the draft on the route from New York. This past year I found several places in the norther part of the lake the depth was considerably low because of drought. What did you find?
I agree with Flyboy69. He really said well about it and also it depends on such things.