Are you the canvas maker that Andre told me stopped by?
Thanks for the "classy" comment. I've been feeling like she's looking a bit trampy lately
There's still a big black scratch and smudge on the hull from a poor docking experience on our trip up the Hudson, and the cetol is in horrible shape along the topside teak. We spent a bunch of time this past weekend starting to sand it all down, so now it looks worse
Half sanded, half splotchy old Cetol. Yippy! There are some pretty nice boats at Willsboro... a J40, CR42, Nauticat 36, a HR, a Sabre, a Tartan - and those were just at docks 4 and 5. I haven't peeked down the other ones yet
When are you bringing your P40 up? The trip up the Canal was a no brainer with two of us doing it. Locks 1-8 on Saturday (tied up AT lock 9 - huge area to tie up with a real head that's open until 10 (or overnight if they "forget" to lock up) and pizza delivery if you don't want to make food on the boat). Lock 9-Champlain Bridge Marina (they can put you on the fuel dock which isn't bad - we could have reached Westport or even Willsboro if we motored until 8pm, but we were tired). We went to Willsboro the next day but could have easily made Burlington or farther north.
The only troublesome lock was the Federal lock in Troy. You only get one place to hang on per vessel. It's a vertical rope or a vertical rod that's fixed in place. If you run a line from the stern forward, and the bow back, and you stand in the middle with the lines around the rod, you can use it as a pivot point. We figured this out AFTER a very hairy ride up. The rest of the locks have lines every 12 feet or so and you can grab a fore and aft one. Make sure you grab the lines on the same side as the wind as blowing FROM. If it's blowing west to east, keep your boat on the west side. The way the winds works, that will keep you pushed against the the west side of the lock. Otherwise you have to fight to keep the boat against the wall and from moving forward/backward. It got real easy after a while.
If you need mast braces for your trip up let me know. Ours are stored near Saratoga right now but we would gladly meet you in Catskill with them for a fellow P40 owner (depending on timing). We also have a cruising guide from the NYS Canal Authority. When are you heading North?