Erie Canal Day “1” – 10 Locks

Hooked up with a bunch of Power boaters today…

They have been in the canal system since Florida.. their winter home.. heading back north…
It’s a bit of a club I guess.. you buy a 40′ tugboat style thing and drive 5.8 knots forever.. They have a system don’t mess with it!
The great loop goes from Florida, to Here, through the great lakes.. to Chicago.. then down to the Gulf of Mexico, in-land on Florida west coast.. then back where you started..
Lots of people spending their retirement doing this gig… We were the only sailboat… one guy looked at the sails and said.. “Looks complicated”…
You can tell they are not interested in sailboats..
Neither was Timbo just a couple years ago so that’s ok!!!
We worked together like a good team today.. After 10 locks you get to know each other thats for sure!
One boat hit a dead head… it was the largest of the trawlers, and we were directly behind him… a 16′ aluminum fishing boat went by at full wake..(5″?)
As soon as the wake hit his boat, the whole thing went up a foot or more…
I was in awe wondering how this little boat affected him so much…
Well.. it was really a huge log under the water driving into his hull and prop…
we all stopped for 5 minutes to have him check the engine room, vibrations etc…
All good and on our way again with our little caravan…
They all stopped at a marina… as they need 50 amp service for something… its only $1 a foot, but why would we spend money when we don’t have too.
We stopped at a free dock beside the lock… its not really pretty… but not their fault… Hurricane Irene took this place apart and they are rebuilding big time!
BBQ burgers tonight and apparently we are having MOVIE night!!!
Lots more locks tomorrow!
Have a Great Day!!!
TIMBO

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