Day 55 … Wednesday,
June 14, 2017 … 20.9 miles traveled/ 4
hours, 40 minutes
Visitor Center, Waterford, NY to the Village of Scotia Municipal Docks, Scotia,
|Lab Partners leaving a lock|
Thanks for the pic Kia Mae
start the Erie canal today, but first … our buddy boats and us need to pump out
(remove waste from our holding tanks). Each boat moves up to the pump out
station, pumps out, moves to a wall by the lock entrance. 4 of us end up being
pumped out and ready when the lock opens back up. Others have already left
FLIGHT OF FIVE … 5 locks raising us 169’ in less than 2 miles. Once you start
the Flight of Five, you must finish. NO stopping allowed in between. We were
the 4th boat of 4 to enter and to exit each lock.
|the bridge height is 21' or more. We are 19'10" without lowering our radar mast|
|one of the working canal barges|
|section of the original aqua duct |
|leaving a lock after it raised us 23' so we could go past a dam|
sure cannot go up the dam
|Heaven to Betsy, Kia Mae and Bad Habit entering a lock|
drives the boat in and eases her over to the wall and I am to catch a rope or
pipe depending on what the lock has to hold onto. These 5 are all the same, so
you start to get the hang of it. Rip and I have headsets on so we can talk to
each other. He tells me which rope or pipe he wants me to get and I tell him
when I have it so he can line up the boat, put her in neutral and then run down
from the fly bridge to catch another line to keep us by the wall.
|here we are in a lock starting to raise us up|
|here - almost up to the top|
just able to start seeing what is around us now
|waiting for the doors to open to go out a lock|
|boats enter the lock on the left to avoid the dam on the right!|
|another original section of the old Erie Canal system|
|you never know what you will see|
is turbulence when the lock starts to fill and it or wind can move the boat
about. You must stay by the wall and not let the bow or stern drift out. In
theory, it is easy and people do it all the time, but each lock and each trip
thru is different.
is funny when you come up and are at eye level with the top of the lock.
Flight of Five is complete and we all did pretty well! Saying this was nerve
racking might be a stretch, but it certainly gets your attention.
More lock to go before we stop for the day. This time isn’t perfect. Rip does
great easing us in and I do grab a line well … but then all of a sudden Cally
is off the flybrige and on deck. NOT where we want her as we need all
concentration on holding the ropes/pipe. Rip hold both while I get her back up
on the flybridge and get her gate closed again. Not sure how the gate became
unsnapped at the top or how she went over it … but she did it. I race back to
re-grab my hold point and we finish.
|down in a lock coming up|
|in the Erie you do not have to stop the engine ... so lots of exhaust until you are up higher|
|it's a little intimidating ... easier each time|
|raised up and ready to exit|
boat, Heavens to Betsy, ahead of us didn’t fare well in this lock. Betsy accidentally put her line around a rope to ride up, not a pipe. The pipes are
what you put a line around as they are attached at 2 both ends. The ropes that
hang down are only attached at the top with a small weight at the bottom. Their
boat stern swings out into the middle of the lock and somehow Steve is able to maneuver
(muscle) the boat back to the wall. We couldn’t see how he did it with a boat in-between
us, but great job Steve!! Unfortunately, we heard later Betsy fell when they
were docking … they had stopped at the first marina after this lock. They
waited there for Betsy to feel better before moving on. We hope they catch up and
we can see them again soon.
|Just some of the piled up debris caught and not floating down the river at us|
|while trees floating or snagged at a buoy|
went a little farther to Scotia, the dock is at a very nice and rather large
park. There are trails, ball fields, vast picnic area with lots of grills &
trash cans, plus a grass amphitheater. There are supposed to be free concerts
at here on Wednesday nights. It’s Wednesday … but, they start next week with …
Taylor Hicks, from American Idol.
is also the home of the US Ski Show Team. They practice on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Alas, we will leave in the am and miss the show. Bummer. That would
have been fun.
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