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Best Ramp in/near Port Clinton, OH & other PIB Questions

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Old 07-13-2005, 05:12 PM
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Default Best Ramp in/near Port Clinton, OH & other PIB Questions

I'd like to visit Put-in-Bay at least once this season. I'm in a smaller boat (22' cuddy), so the goal is to launch wherever gives me the shortest ride across Erie. I'm thinking i should put in at or near Port Clinton (Catawba looks even closer?) and just follow one of the ferry routes. Which ramps won't mind me leaving the truck/trailer overnight?

Other PIB questions, what kind of water should i expect on this run? Doesn't look bad on the charts, but Erie scares me. Should i leave/return at first light?

Finally, is my boat even big enough for PIB? What i mean is, i don't want to be the only boat under 25' rafted off at the city docks.

Any other PIB info greatly appreciated.... thanks.
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Old 07-13-2005, 05:50 PM
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State park at Catawba Island. Have fun! Aproch th Island from the west. No major problems out there, just follow another boat in. Lots of smaller boats there.
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If it's a weekend, the crossing will be pretty choppy. Like washing machine effect from all the boats.

The advice to approach from the west is the ticket. If you have a gps, it should keep you out of trouble. Come around the west side and then turn south around Gibralter and go south into the marina area.

I wouldn't want to have a 22 on the western end of Lake Erie if there's a NE wind.
It's a good thing to be wary of Erie. Just keep an eye on the weather.
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Better to stop in at "The Casino" at Kelley's Island on the way over (and back) to break up the trip . Have fun and remember to TIP the dockmasters !
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