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Old 07-18-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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suggestions for oar/sail

Folks,

I newly acquired a shellback dinghy, sister-ship pictured below. 125lbs, 11' sail and oar boat. Looking to do some camping with it. Little Tupper comes to mind, we have canoed that. I was looking at Lows but I think the put in is 1/3 a mile in. I think our trailer is small enough to detach and use as a cart for the put in.

Two nights under the stars would be ideal. Probably not mid week :<(

Would welcome any suggestions for waterways with a bit of a breeze and flatwater routes without portages.



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Old 07-18-2019, 07:18 PM   #2
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I've windsurfed on LTL, but my sailboat is too big/heavy to hand launch there. I've often thought LTL would be ideal sailing.
I have sailed on Raquette, generally good wind, and a fair amount of primitive sites, or pay for Tioga Pt.
Indian Lake would be good sailing, but watch out for below surface surprises that can tear apart your daggerboard and rudder.
Cranberry Lake could also be really good sailing...

I'm assuming your sailing skills are adequate, those bigger waters can get pretty rough!
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"sailing skills are adequate"

Thank you yes!

This I think will be my 5th sailboat. Very comfortably with the fast it is a small dinghy and subject to unscheduled inversions.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:44 AM   #4
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Raquette or Long Lake are ideal....but keep a close eye on the weather. They can get a bit bruttish. Blue Mountain Lake is another one worth thinking about..easy in and out.
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A slight preference for lakes with no or small power boats.

We enjoyed Little Tupper with our canoe, but found northern Lake George spectacular but a bit congested. new boat is same size, same cautious approach for rough water from weather or boat traffic.
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I crewed on some J24’s and J22’s on lake George
The scenery is fantastic but the sailing stinks
Too many powerboats and the wind is extremely fickle
Crazy wind shifts around Montcalm point

I think LTL would be really fun
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