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Old 06-11-2019, 02:39 PM
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I purchased a new to me boat on Lake Champlain Vermont.
I plan on leaving for Boston Harbor on the 20th of June.
I am looking for any sound advise from anyone that has completed this trip.
I have a trip plan and a route set up on my chartplotter
Of course I will be bringing paper charts as well
Any thoughts or concerns I need to be made aware of ahead of time would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-11-2019, 03:12 PM
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Sorry I cant give you any advise, but that sure sounds like a great trip. Are you coming down the Hudson? What type of boat did you purchase and best of luck with her. Have a great trip and post up some pics if you get a chance. Beautiful scenery up there in the mountains.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:37 AM
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You might do a search on the word Champlain. I think member aubv may have done a similar trip many years ago.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:41 AM
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Or go to the great loop web site. Some people go that direction.
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Wow, that sounds awesome! What an adventure. PM sent
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:36 AM
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Check out this thread: they are on the hudson now.

Postcards from the Great Loop

Start at the end unless you want to get the full trip from FL north.

Once you get to NYC, it's still a good haul. There are LOT's of ports you can stop at on both sides of LIS. Mystic, Montauk, and a lot of others. Then Block Island. Then the cape cod canal.....

Any of these segments can be a long thread.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:53 AM
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I purchased a new to me boat on Lake Champlain Vermont.
I plan on leaving for Boston Harbor on the 20th of June.
I am looking for any sound advise from anyone that has completed this trip.
I have a trip plan and a route set up on my chartplotter
Of course I will be bringing paper charts as well
Any thoughts or concerns I need to be made aware of ahead of time would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
i did almost 3000 miles of the great loop last year

tons of info online

i planned a high level route each night before on navionics webapp, didnt build a route on my MFD/chartplotter since i stayed on the ICW and better to pay attention than rely on a chartplotter. do update your chartplotter maps though and paper charts are a good idea as a backup. id also load an app on phone as another backup.

i found that USACE did a great job placing markers/buoys. some spots change often. i would plan on doing a dry run using navionics webapp, noting any areas that look iffy, and trying to look up local knowledge on active captain or reading past THT threads or by asking locals (some inlets are very tricky). for bridges, i did researched them as i went on active captain. if you have height concerns, make sure to research bridges for their operating schedule and that they are not out of service.

i carried tons of spare parts, supplies, tools, etc. i did not want to get stranded anywhere. i got very lucky with weather until the last few days of the trip. make sure you do a thorough shake down cruise BEFORE the trip.

make sure you know fuel capacity, burn, etc, so you can calculate range leaving plenty of reserves. knowing cruising speed can help you figure out how far you can go but factor in no wake zones and some slow zones (i cruise at 23 mph and ended up averaging 17 mph). i went with the flow. as mentioned plotted a high level course the night before. i generally started at sunrise and wanted to be tied up at a marina by sunset. i ran 10-12 hours per day on average (~180-190 miles per day on average). a couple longer days at 12-14 hours and 200+ miles. i would have a pretty good idea where i would end up by sunset around 3-4pm and would start calling marinas at that time to book something. some times i wanted to push further but they were closing so i prepaid or said i'd settle up in the AM. i generally wanted to fuel up at night upon arrival to marinas but some days i found fuel pumps closed and would just find fuel along the way during the next day.

because i was out in the ocean, i had tons of safety gear. epirb, sat phone, life raft, etc. long island sound can get nasty, depending on wind direction. leaving li sound into ny/ri waters (i.e. plum gut) can be nasty as well. i'd wear life jackets, clip on a handheld vhf with gps/dsc.

your trip is short, maybe 500 miles? depending on your cruise speed etc you mighty be able to get it done in 3 days. down the hudson, across long island sound and then cape cod canal? i think its a pretty easy/straight forward trip.
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3 days is a marathon
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:37 AM
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I did the trip about 7 years ago. From RI up to Canada via Champlain Canal and then back down. Did it in a leisurely 3 weeks with my family. Honestly it's pretty easy. The lake is pretty easy to navigate. NY canal system has some handy information that you can order to help you navigate each of the locks. There were free places along the canal to stay on town walls with power hookups. You can do all of the locks from Lake Champlain to Federal Lock in Albany in a VERY long day. Better to allow a day and 1/2. Hudson River is pretty easy with lots of places to stop for services. Decide ahead of time which side of Manhattan you'll come down. East River or Harlem River. I did both. East is more interesting although a bit longer route.. Read up on Hell Gate but in my opinion not a big deal for a power boat.

One word of caution is to beware there's no Sea Tow or Boat U.S. in the canals and no real yard services. I actually struck a rock (my own stupid fault) just outside the town dock in, I think, Ft Edwards. Tweaked both my props pretty bad. Called Sea Tow as I thought I'd need the help and they said they couldn't do anything until I got out of the canal. Fortunately I was able to go at idle speed and made Coyeman's Landing Marina south of Albany. As an aside, that is a wonderful marina with very helpful people who saved my bacon. Worth a stop.

Let me know if you have specific questions and I'll answer if I can remember.
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Dhauz, what did you buy?
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