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Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« on: July 08, 2008, 08:08:43 AM »
I finally made it to the Erie Canal. Trailered from the Chesapeake to Buffalo, NY. Heading east then south. I will post some pic's when I get better internet connection. This is starting out to be a great trip.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 09:20:54 AM »
James -

Awesome to hear that! Sounds like yer plan is working out. :)
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008, 12:08:02 PM »
When are you planning on making Key West?  I should be there sometime around November.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008, 03:07:01 PM »
Nov or Dec. Just need for the "H" season to pass over before getting into Fl.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2008, 07:12:56 AM »
I expect to be on the canal late August-early September. I live near the canal -east end --if you need anything when you are passing thru send an e-mail

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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2008, 08:51:54 AM »
That's about when I expect to make it to Key West, See you there or maybe along the way somewhere.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2008, 11:07:14 AM »
Fair winds.

Keep us updated.   This is a trip I want to also do.   The western edge of Lake Erie is about 90 miles north of me.  This would be a great way to spend a year.


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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2008, 07:44:30 PM »
Discussion of Florida's "Sojourners permit" requirement for transient boats  split off here.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2008, 07:07:45 AM »
No problem, I am in Medina NY now. As soon as I get a better internet connection I will post logs and Pics.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2008, 11:54:45 AM »
BTW, what were the requirements on height for your boat.  What is the lowest bridge? Could you sail any of the way in the canal, or is it all motoring?  Sounds like a fun trip to do.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2008, 01:58:45 PM »
Lowest Bridge is 15 1/2 feet. Over 200 bridges. One 35 mile lake that the wind can really builds up short choppy waves in.

The Canal is down between a lot and very little wind comes down that far. Nice and flat. Motor trip all the way and more than likely the Hudson river as well.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2008, 08:36:09 PM »
Putting in at the first ramp on Erie Canal
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First few feet of the Erie Canal going East
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Lots of ducks looking for handouts
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Better and deeper ramp a few miles west
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They now charge for the Erie Canal. Season pass for under 26 feet is $ 75
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Tied up to my first wall in Lockport, NY
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One set of the orginal 5 locks of the 1820's are there as a spill way.
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There is 2 locks here each one raises or drops 25 feet
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Tourist on weekends can be a few.
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What to do with an old boat
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Getting ready to lock through. spent 3 good days in Lockport.
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Lock Master, most are not this good looking.
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Good eats in town
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Nice farms on the canal
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The canal is wide enough to run Autopilot
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Geese
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signage
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Tie your cleats well, some towns they will get untied.
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Center mast support
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Stern, I can stand and steer with hitting the mast.
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Medina
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2008, 08:52:39 PM »
Looks like you are having fun, great pictures.   :)
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2008, 04:23:43 AM »
More on Medina
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Brockport, Just had to tie up to the 1950's Barge Cleats. Dockage is usually Free but I wanted Electic and showers and this town maintained them. Cost me $ 6 per night. Spent 3 days here.
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Tied up at the wall in Spencerport for lunch.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2008, 01:29:02 PM »
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2008, 08:13:11 PM »
Great pictures. Thank you.  :)
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2008, 02:15:14 PM »
Erie Canal -
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Nice free dock with power, water and laundry, clock musum in town.
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Ducks +
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Interesting houses along the way -
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Paddleing for donations for summer camp for boys
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Said that they can do 12 mph
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Took a side trip to Lake Sinaca, here is lock 2 and 3 on the canal, Lock 2 is open.
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MacGregor 25 in Seneca Falls (a bit overrated)
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Lake Seneca, please note that the lake is long and can develope 5 foot very choppy seas with strong enough winds.
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Sailing
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The town of Montour Falls. I stayed at the marina at the end of the canal. This is a stinkpot Marina and R/V park. enough said.
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Town hall
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The Falls
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2 mile hiking/bike trail linking 2 the towns
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The Town of Geneva at the Northern end of the lake, You can see the free wall in the middle
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Notherern end of the lake with a North wind
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2008, 06:07:06 PM »
You see all kinds of craft on the canal. Never talked to the owner.
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Tieing off my boat was easy as the beam and the stern was about the same. Real straight. I just tied onto the wench and warped around a wire, pile or wrope. Most of the time the boat just went down without any attention. Gloves are recommended and dock pole required.
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Nice town, Baldwinsville
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Free wall
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The first time that I have see wild swans.
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Turtles
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which way? I had to think about it.
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Sunrise tied to a lock wall
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Kids Playing
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Interesting church
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An MacGregor X found me in Brewerton and a local to!
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2008, 06:21:49 PM »
Oneida Lake
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Lock your boat to the dock, sometimes they come untied!
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Mine, less than $ 20
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Restored 1901 tug, can be charted with crew. This is in Sylvan Beach.
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On the wall at Sylvian Beach with some new friends, about 100 people an hour come by to see your boat.
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Good for Kids
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A Morgan 28 locking through. Just a Gloved hand for this old salt.
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Little Falls, Nice Expensive Dock Wall
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VERRY pertty Town!!! Well worth the stop
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More duck babbies
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Lock 16, out in nowhere, well worth the quite stop.
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Re: Erie Canal east then south Key West FL
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2008, 07:46:50 PM »
Ft Pain, Nice little town, not to cruiser friendly, I should have an a bicycle.

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At lock 11, lots of train noise
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Water Skiing
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Old bridge still being used
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Older
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Nkice lock to tie up but when the wind picked up it was rough
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Sailing on the canal
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Rental canal boats. Most of these are at a marina and those marinas should have secure parking for a week or 2
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One of the many bridges that you have to go under
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This is a dam that is raised and you have to go under before lock 6. It always drips
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