As planned, we did depart Pelee Island yesterday morning at 0730 with N 15 kt winds and arrived today at the Wardell Boat Yard in Tonawanda, NY at 1530. That was a 32 hour run as we had expected. Through the night it was a bit of a rough ride as winds were N and then NE 20-26 kts. We motored sailed the 32 hours with head sail only. Given Lake Erie is a relatively shallow lake, it doesn’t take much wind to produce larger waves and swells. There was no one else out there on Lake Erie except the freighters. With boat deliveries, we usually do this passage in 6-7 days, however this trip took 2 weeks due to the weather. This late in the season inherently comes with its weather delays. We recall a boat delivery we did three years ago from Midland to Port Credit took 13 days due to weather delays and mechanical breakdown. We didn’t depart until 24 October and arrived 05 November. We are glad we departed on the 12th giving us some weather delay wiggle room.
We were glad to miss the 25-30 kt eastern blow happening tonight on Lake Erie. As our good pilot friend John says, ‘nothing good comes out of the east!” So true.
So, here we are getting ready to take the rig down tomorrow to then make our way through the 35 locks of the Erie Canal – which closes this year on 20 November. We did encounter two other vessels heading south today through the Erie Canal at Tonawanda. Glad were are not the only latecomers!
We did manage to fuel up, clear US customs, and remove the sails today after we arrived. The big work happens tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Niagara River, USA