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Old 01-09-2017, 11:56 AM   #1
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If I bought a Boat in Buffalo,(32'cruiser)how long (roughly) would it take to get it back to Toledo at say 10 knots?

Is there online "Maps/charts" that I can consult?
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That's roughly 250 statute miles, so 22 hours as the perch swims?

I'm assuming she has some decent range at 10 kts, but if it were me I'd visit some ports along the way, possibly including Erie, Geneva, Mentor, Cleveland, Vermilion, Cedar Point / Sandusky and the islands...

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If I bought a Boat in Buffalo,(32'cruiser)how long (roughly) would it take to get it back to Toledo at say 10 knots?

Is there online "Maps/charts" that I can consult?
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Thanks guys. I am a total 'newb' to Boating, but really want to get a Cruiser and eventually visit the Ohio river, and south.
Many boats do not have trailers with them (when for sale) and I was just thinking "why not sail the boat back?"
Toledo is the closest Great Lake port/Harbor to me.
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Alco, it may be a very good idea to have an experienced boater travel with you (not discounting your knowledge but two heads are better than one).

Even if you were experienced, if/when something goes wrong it would be a huge benefit for someone to help you, whether it is to fix the problem for you, or to take the helm while you address the problem.

You cannot get out and walk and sometimes you only have one chance to fix a problem before it becomes a larger problem.

Make sure BEFORE you leave Buffalo that you completely shake this boat down locally to insure all systems perform as they should.

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Thanks guys. I am a total 'newb' to Boating, but really want to get a Cruiser and eventually visit the Ohio river, and south.
Many boats do not have trailers with them (when for sale) and I was just thinking "why not sail the boat back?"
Toledo is the closest Great Lake port/Harbor to me.
The entire length of Lake Erie is a significant trip, even for a seasoned boater on a proven vessel. I'm not saying don't do it, but the advice to do shakedown cruises and bring seasoned crew is good advice.

Are you considering Toledo as your home port? No offense to the fine city of Toledo, but the port closest to you by car isn't necessarily the best choice for dockage. Keep in mind that even at trawler speeds (which in a 32 are likely less than 10 knots), your car will go a LOT faster and use a LOT less fuel than the boat. I drive more than 2 hours from home to the marina.

btw, I'm almost considered a local on my pier. Dockmates travel from Columbus, Pittsburgh and Ft Wayne just to name a few.
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@Walleyeguy, YES, you are 100% correct. I am overwhelmed by the kind offers for help with a (potential) Boat purchase, and giving it a rundown/workout.
Thanks everyone.
I had only looked at Toledo due to it being close to where I live.
I may widen my search.
Thanks again!
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Check Port Clinton, easy to get to from Toledo, lots of drive up to docks. All the places east of there can be hard to get to due to traffic, Cedar Point being the worst but if you have kids or like rides yourself, it might be worth it.
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If I bought a Boat in Buffalo,(32'cruiser)how long (roughly) would it take to get it back to Toledo at say 10 knots?

Is there online "Maps/charts" that I can consult?
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Yup, all NOAA charts are now free:

Download and print the ones you need. Print in color.

http://www.charts.noaa.gov/PDFs/PDFs.shtml
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The entire length of Lake Erie is a significant trip, even for a seasoned boater on a proven vessel. I'm not saying don't do it, but the advice to do shakedown cruises and bring seasoned crew is good advice.

Are you considering Toledo as your home port? No offense to the fine city of Toledo, but the port closest to you by car isn't necessarily the best choice for dockage. Keep in mind that even at trawler speeds (which in a 32 are likely less than 10 knots), your car will go a LOT faster and use a LOT less fuel than the boat. I drive more than 2 hours from home to the marina.

btw, I'm almost considered a local on my pier. Dockmates travel from Columbus, Pittsburgh and Ft Wayne just to name a few.
I second what rollercoastr said. That trip could be smooth sailing or a horror story depending on boat, skill and weather. For instance in the spring time we tend to get Northeasterlies - so in Buffalo you might get 1-2' chop that same weather pattern will have 4-5 footers by mid lake because of the fetch. Weather reading and assessment skills just as important as boating.

FYI we live and boat out of Catawba Island and most of my dockmates are from Cleveland, Toledo, etc for a reason.
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