New York Canal System Mast Stepping?
I am sailing my Bermuda 30 from Shelburne, VT (Lake Champlain) to Florida. I have chosen to use the New York Canal system that should deliver me from Lake Champlain to the Hudson River and New York Harbor (by way of many groundings while down below, brushing my teeth, not paying attention and a few nights heeled over at 30 degrees, in one spot.....) The folks at the Shelburne Shipyard (Really nice folks, by the way...) are telling me I will need to step my mast at some point along the canal. I guesstimate the mast height to be about 40' and a she draws 4'. Anybody have experience transiting this canal system going South? Will I have to step the mast somewhere? Any other good warnings for a single-hander and a ship's cat that can't hold his own grog?
Thanks! Paul G.