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ICW, December south to North

dLj

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Mar 23, 2017
1,192
Hunter 30 Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
Good luck Dave... second times the charm...
From your lips to gods ears! I'm hoping. Still waiting on the seller to sign the contract. Looks like a great boat. I'll still have a fair amount of work to do to get it ready for off shore sailing, but if I've done my home work right and there are no surprises, I should be pretty close to budget when all is said and done. That's another crap shoot... But I've been at this for some years now so if there are no unpleasant surprises, I should be just about at my limit. It would sure help to get the rest of my "fleat" sold....

dj
 

DArcy

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Feb 11, 2017
802
Islander Freeport 36 Ottawa
@dLj let us know about the boat when the deal goes through. It does sound like a fun adventure.
I have done the Erie canal to Oswego with the mast on deck. It certainly can be done but I would recommend looking at your options for shipping the mast by truck. We had very sturdy plywood and 2x4 struts holding the mast but it still got sketchy crossing Oneida Lake in a Westerly blow. The bow got buried in a few waves and the mast started shifting. I managed to secure it with a bit of winching on halyards. You won't have any water as open as that but you never know when some big trawler will come by plowing the river.
Oh, and there are always surprises with new boats - but you already know that ;)
 

dLj

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Mar 23, 2017
1,192
Hunter 30 Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
@dLj let us know about the boat when the deal goes through. It does sound like a fun adventure.
I have done the Erie canal to Oswego with the mast on deck. It certainly can be done but I would recommend looking at your options for shipping the mast by truck. We had very sturdy plywood and 2x4 struts holding the mast but it still got sketchy crossing Oneida Lake in a Westerly blow. The bow got buried in a few waves and the mast started shifting. I managed to secure it with a bit of winching on halyards. You won't have any water as open as that but you never know when some big trawler will come by plowing the river.
Oh, and there are always surprises with new boats - but you already know that ;)
First leg, if I buy the boat, will be Key West to the Chesapeake. I have a marina all set up there to winter over until spring to make the next leg into Champlain. That marina is close enough to drive down there from my house to work on the boat over this winter. And to hang out on it and get it organized.

Going up the Hudson will be done with the mast up until reaching Albany. Then the mast has to come down to go up the canal and river into Champlain. Once I pop into Champlain I'll put the mast back up as it will live there until I retire - currently planned for 2022. Then I'll likely head North to the St. Lawrence repeating the mast stepping. I do now have a signed contract!

One of my projects will be to make a decent mast cradle. One of my future plans is crossing the French canals. It's easier to have the mast on the boat for that trip so I might as well get set up for that as well as the trip into Champlain...

I will keep you posted.

dj
 
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DArcy

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Feb 11, 2017
802
Islander Freeport 36 Ottawa
You are missing one important piece of information - what kind of boat?!?
That sounds like a great trip. I would ask if you need crew but the border is shut and looks like it will be for several months.
 
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dLj

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Mar 23, 2017
1,192
Hunter 30 Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
You are missing one important piece of information - what kind of boat?!?
That sounds like a great trip. I would ask if you need crew but the border is shut and looks like it will be for several months.
Ah, right. It's a Brewer 12.8. Too bad about the border. It could be fun!

dj
 
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DArcy

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Feb 11, 2017
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Islander Freeport 36 Ottawa
I've never heard of a Brewer 12.8 so I had to look it up. Sounds like it is the successor to the Whitby 42 which is a great boat. You are going to have a lot of fun :D
 

dLj

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Mar 23, 2017
1,192
Hunter 30 Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
I've never heard of a Brewer 12.8 so I had to look it up. Sounds like it is the successor to the Whitby 42 which is a great boat. You are going to have a lot of fun :D
Not surprising, I believe only 10 were built. Yes, it was designed based off the Whitby 42 with improved sailing characteristics. The Whitby 42 is a full keel boat, the 12.8 under the water looks more like a Bristol 41.1.

dj
 
Oct 19, 2017
6,431
O'Day 19 Littleton, NH
First leg, if I buy the boat, will be Key West to the Chesapeake. I have a marina all set up there to winter over until spring to make the next leg into Champlain. That marina is close enough to drive down there from my house to work on the boat over this winter. And to hang out on it and get it organized.

Going up the Hudson will be done with the mast up until reaching Albany. Then the mast has to come down to go up the canal and river into Champlain. Once I pop into Champlain I'll put the mast back up as it will live there until I retire - currently planned for 2022. Then I'll likely head North to the St. Lawrence repeating the mast stepping. I do now have a signed contract!

One of my projects will be to make a decent mast cradle. One of my future plans is crossing the French canals. It's easier to have the mast on the boat for that trip so I might as well get set up for that as well as the trip into Champlain...

I will keep you posted.

dj
I was going to suggest wintering in Burmuda, where you can keep her in a mooring, but if you need to get to the boat from NY, that is a tough row with a tender.

It will be an awesome trip. I love all the different things to see along the ICW and outside.

-Will (Dragonfly)
 
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Oct 22, 2014
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CAL 35 Cruiser Portland OR, moored EVERETT WA
This sounds like "Essential Travel" A job...unpaid... to deliver a navigational vessel into the Lakes of New York... There were battles fought over such ideas.
 
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dLj

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Mar 23, 2017
1,192
Hunter 30 Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
This sounds like "Essential Travel" A job...unpaid... to deliver a navigational vessel into the Lakes of New York... There were battles fought over such ideas.
I think this is clearly essential travel! Covid be damned! LOL

And Champlain is home to mighty sailboat battles in history for sure. But we'll hopefully not need cannon on this one...

dj
 
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