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Old 02-10-2022, 10:59 AM   #41
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Circumnavigator. You’re right of course. But the great thing about being a cruiser is the absence of schedules beyond rough plans and the absence of fixed destinations.

Know NS from motorcycle touring. Done Evangeline, Cabot and lighthouse trails in the past. Also thought about having Covey Island build us a boat so have spent time in Ludendburg. That trip will be a straight shot except maybe a stop in Washington county. And again in P’town. Just really want to spend time buddy boating in the Lake. Think we can do it it time allowed or make up time by skipping the Hudson. Real requirement is to miss another New England winter.
Went R.I. to Deltaville in 2 days so think we can do the reverse in time allotted. Think we can vary time in the Hudson and Chesapeake depending upon how much we enjoy it. Posted the above as a rough. In the past a days work was ~170nm with rare 200nm. Now I know a 240nm days work is very feasible without difficulty. A whole new level of freedom. Think this is the huge advantage of SD boats.
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Old 02-10-2022, 11:06 AM   #42
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Old 02-10-2022, 11:26 AM   #43
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Hopefully Still the One will be ready to splash in mid April and plans are to finish outfitting and provisioning and to head north from Oriental, NC around the 1st of May, (likely single handed, but no schedule like the run from Florida in the spring) and heading for our home state of Maine for the summer. Planning to work the bugs out and update some systems before Looping in 2023. Hopefully we can meet Hippocampus up here as apparently we have much in common including motorcycle touring. Hopefully can also put the face to a name with many of you, and visit Capt. Tom. Officially retired but finishing pool shifts because we're so shorthanded and burnt out, I'll be officially free 2/19 and flying to NC.
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Old 02-10-2022, 11:51 AM   #44
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Old 02-10-2022, 04:16 PM   #45
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Rather than subject Fintry's fenders to the 40 lockings on our Great Lakes trip in 2018, we used a suggestion from the Great Lakes Cruising Club. Buy 4x4s and cut them to four feet, with a hole in one end to take a line and hang them vertically over the side.


Since Fintry has an 8" rubber rub rail all around, all we need them for was to protect the rub rail, so we left them as naked wood. The GLCC suggested that they be covered in canvas which would certainly be easy.


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Old 02-10-2022, 04:19 PM   #46
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That last post gives me a thought. I just added things up, and since purchasing them, our current set of ball fenders has done a total of 66 lockages (plus somewhere around 20 overnights against walls). They've got some staining that I haven't really tried to remove (beyond just cleaning the grime off), but other than that, they're still in as-new condition.
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Old 02-10-2022, 06:18 PM   #47
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Appreciate the heads up on closed Nexus ports. Was aware or the testing requirements, but having to find an open entry point may be a little more difficult.



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Rapid PCR testing may also be scarce, depending on where you are. They are available around international airports and busy land crossings.

Ted, Did you consider going through Montreal to Ottawa? It's a bit of a variation from the up and back on the Rideau.
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Old 02-10-2022, 06:56 PM   #48
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Since we sold Willy the trawler, trawler cruising is over.

But there’s other ways of getting around.
We have several small OB boats and a small motor home.
Probably will take the motor home up Vancouver Is.
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Old 02-10-2022, 08:46 PM   #49
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Since we sold Willy the trawler, trawler cruising is over.

But there’s other ways of getting around.
We have several small OB boats and a small motor home.
Probably will take the motor home up Vancouver Is.
And you have many anchors.
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Old 02-10-2022, 09:41 PM   #50
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Rapid PCR testing may also be scarce, depending on where you are. They are available around international airports and busy land crossings.

Ted, Did you consider going through Montreal to Ottawa? It's a bit of a variation from the up and back on the Rideau.
In 2020 I was planning on going Erie canal to Oswego to Kingston to Ottawa to Sorel Tracy and down to Lake Champlain. Going counter clockwise is a lot more cruising against the current. Also, as Montreal and Ottawa are in different provinces, I would need to clear Covid testing for both Quebec and Ontario, from what I understand.

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Mr. OC. You are correct about the currents. I'm not sure about needing Covid testing if going from Quebec to Ontario or vice-versa BUT entering either province from the US you probably DO need some form of health "certification".


Things appear to be in a constant state of flux at the moment so it's difficult to predict WHAT will be going on in 2-4 months....
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Mr. OC. You are correct about the currents. I'm not sure about needing Covid testing if going from Quebec to Ontario or vice-versa BUT entering either province from the US you probably DO need some form of health "certification".


Things appear to be in a constant state of flux at the moment so it's difficult to predict WHAT will be going on in 2-4 months....
Yes, from what I understand, I will need to get tested (probably in Oswego) and then clear customs in Kingston within 3 days, starting the day after the test. Was planning on a one day stop in Oswego to get the test and cross Lake Ontario the next day. Then there's the issue of the weather.....

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I don't know how to turn them once they are posted, but if someone can tell me how I'll be happy to. The look fine when I view them on my laptop before I post them. Don't know why they rotate 90 degrees sometimes.
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Yes, from what I understand, I will need to get tested (probably in Oswego) and then clear customs in Kingston within 3 days, starting the day after the test. Was planning on a one day stop in Oswego to get the test and cross Lake Ontario the next day. Then there's the issue of the weather.....

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That weather thing is definitely an issue... So far in several trips over the last few years, every time we've planned to depart Oswego onto the lake we've ended up waiting an extra day for weather. The intended departure day has always varied between "I don't want to run in that for that long" and "it would be stupid to run in that".
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That weather thing is definitely an issue... So far in several trips over the last few years, every time we've planned to depart Oswego onto the lake we've ended up waiting an extra day for weather. The intended departure day has always varied between "I don't want to run in that for that long" and "it would be stupid to run in that".
When we reached Oswego, Lake Ontario was 12' seas so we also got an extra couple of days in Oswego, plus was extremely cold.
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That weather thing is definitely an issue... So far in several trips over the last few years, every time we've planned to depart Oswego onto the lake we've ended up waiting an extra day for weather. The intended departure day has always varied between "I don't want to run in that for that long" and "it would be stupid to run in that".
I was planning on hanging out on Oneida Lake or between Lock 7 and 8 till I had a window to go. Then get my test, and cross the lake the next day.

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I was planning on hanging out on Oneida Lake or between Lock 7 and 8 till I had a window to go. Then get my test, and cross the lake the next day.

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That spot between 7 and 8 is the best spot to be in Oswego in my mind. Easy enough walk to most places nearby (including getting onto the outer most bridge for a better view of lake conditions). Only 1 lock to get out (so more protected than being down in the harbor) and it's free. If you haven't stopped in Phoenix at the bottom of the Oswego Canal, that's a good spot as well. Not a lot there, but the people are friendly, good docks, etc.
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Sounds wonderful!

We’ll be heading down to FL in the land trawler for March.
No plans yet for trips on the water. Too many friends from far away coming to visit us this summer.

But maybe…..
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