Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lake Erie

A huge section of southern Canada as well as a huge portion of the U.S. Midwest drains into Lake Superior.   (602 feet above sea level) Lake Superior then flows into Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. (both at 577 feet above sea level) Lake Huron and Lake Michigan then flow into Lake Erie. (569 feet above sea level) Lake Erie then flows into the Niagara River and over Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario. (243 feet above sea level) From Lake Ontario the flow is into the Saint Lawrence River and on to the Atlantic. Our trip will first involve a sail across Lake Erie. We will have to wait for a good weather window as Lake Erie can be dangerous in bad weather. Lake Erie has an average depth of 62 feet and a maximum depth of 210 feet, making it the most shallow of the Great Lakes. Because of the shallow waters waves can build quickly. A couple of people who are docked at the same marina that we are have stated that "if you can sail on Lake Erie you can sail anywhere." It seems we have a good place to practice sailing and to continue to get to know the boat.

Serenity is currently located where the blue X is on the map above.

Now that the geography lesson is over, here are a few pictures from the weekend which was pretty much all work on the boat.

 Lunch on Saturday.

 Adjusting the dinghy davit support bar and brackets... no I did not drop any tools in the water, but I am sure it will happen at some point. The good news is that I did not fall in. We are lucky these davits were already on the boat...they are expensive to add.

Shirl found a palm tree on the dock. The leaves are shelf liner...the coconuts are wine bottles, and the trunk appears to be PVC. Looks good I think. (click on picture for a better view of the palm tree tree)

The view out of the galley port...soon to change.


  1. How do you get Serenity over Niagara Falls? Will we see you on the news?


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    2. Steph,
      Sorry, I need to figure out how to reply to posts. My plan is to go through the Erie Canal...much easier on the boat and crew.


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