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Old 10-09-2012
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Made it to Sylvan beach,NY fron Baldwinsville,NY today. about 60 milis motoring w/ the mast layed down on the deck , due to traveling the Erie Canal.
last night was cold outside , but we were warm as we plugged in at the Baldwinsville,NY lock and ran the electric heat. Great place , only $5 for a 30amp for the night and free water and dockage !! Even had showers for $0.25 ! that's 25 CENTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tonight will be in the 40's and there is no elec or water in Sylvan beach so I hooked up the wood stove in case it gets to cool tonight Everything else we have onboard (power water etc.)
Saw another sailboat headedsouth , passed us at the lock while we were having breakfast, they said they were going to Fla. also (from Ithica,NY) and there is another sailboat tied up here w/ NY on the stern , haven't spoken w/ them yet.
Great trip so far , can't wait to get the mast up on the hudson and get to the Chessey.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.


Sounds like a great trip.
Keep posting, enjoy & be safe.
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I'm having a very good day!
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well, we wiled the day away at sylvan beach . wandered around town and met another sailor up from the lower hudson headed south. Saw a few other saiboats headed west, why , I don't know as it's october and the only hing west is more cold.
A wicked front blew through this afternoon so we loosed the dock lines and motored to the next lock to gather and cut wood for the wood stove as well as get away from the inlet of onieda lake and the high winds from the west.
the wood stove is cranking and te crew is asleep.
Incidently , I'm getting internet through a foxfi app as a hotspot running on a droid phone using the "straight talk" prepay unlimited talk text,internet for $45 a month it's the second month I've had it and so far it has performed well.
hope that continues.
Before we left I bought a marine battery cherger at Wally world for $50 and it did a great job de-sulfating and fully charging the 4 t-105's I use as a house bank and everything is running strong, fridge,lights inverters,etc.
Tommorrow we'll put on a little distance across the canal eastward.
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Another 50 miles behind us yesterday and we find Ourselves at Lock 18 where the Mohawk river meets the Erie canal. Bye Bye Erie canal hello Mohawk river.
All along the canal the communities have different approachs to the canal some offer dockage as a courtousy to entice boaters to visit and others seem less inviting, whie stil others are inviting for a small fee ! And that's fine. The thing is I've yet to find a comprehensive listing of te facilities offered and the fees or lack of in any of the broshures supported by the state. kind of makes it interesting and suprising as you go.
SO, cold nights (20's) and rain forcast the next 2-3 days. Gotta get to the hudson and further south to find 70 Degreees again !
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Hi Joe,

I'd recommend the Kingston/Rondout City docks they are only a couple bucks to dock and there are lots of good eats and services to walk to. I'm docked across the creek and just west 1/4 mile at Rondout Yacht Basin if you need anything. Diesel Fuel at the Yacht Basin and laundry and showers too. There is also a nice bay to anchor just south of the light house on the West side if you just want to anchor. Another 15 miles or so south you will see the WalkWay over the Hudson at Poughkeepsie ( worth checking out ) and on the West side at Mariners Harbor they let boats dock there overnight if they eat there . Food is just okay but its scenic. I live right there if you need anything once again send me a pm, I could drive you to the supermarket or whatever.

I'm away for the weekend but back monday.

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If you end up stopping between Kingston and Nyack, perhaps we can meet up for a beer, I would love to see your set up.
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Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
great then, i think if I get to that point on the hudson I'll definetaly try to get in there. As you suggested approaching from the SE and keeping to the south shore to avoid the shoal on the north side. What is the depth there ? I draw 3 1/2 - 4' loaded. Any issues w/ that ?
probably in about a week or less depening on weather and how quick I get the mast stepped at Castleton boat club. Last time north we hit the open house party at castleton, three days later we got underway again !!
this saiing life can get tough some times.

Your draft should be fine for anchoring behind Bowline Point. Our T27 draws 3-1/2' and the only reason I ran aground is because I steered us right onto the shoal near the entrance. Now I have local knowledge!
I've been told that the depth in there is 10 - 20'.

I spent Tuesday night on my boat tied up to our club dock. Forecast low was for 48F or so but the river was still almost 70F so it felt pretty comfortable and not bone chilling cold.

Stay warm but hurry on down. It is getting cold out there.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Looking forward to reading about your journey and hopefully seeing some pictures. Best of luck to you, and happy sailing (once you get your mast back up)!

What are you currently sailing?
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Wow, Thanks everyone for the information as well as the kindly invites ! !
We have been using the woodstove everynight as the temps are a bit cool. (forcast low 20's tonight-ouch). I'm tied to the "Fonda Wall" currently on the Mowhawk river section or the NYS Canal, As I was informed the net lock is no place to tie up to due to the deteriating concrete and damage from last years hurricane Irene that damaged alot of the eastern portion of the NYS canal system Knocking it out of commision in early or mid october (can't remember exactly) and forcing some enroute to make other plans for traveling south last year.
We were unable to go due to the closure and had to leave the boat in Upstate NY for the winter on the hard. I think it was the first time this boat ever was out of the water in the frozen north !
Sal Paradise- thanks , I'll do my best to contact you prior to our arrival to that area.
Miatapaul - OK, but your making me self concious about my boat now ! I hope we can get together.
CalebD- Cool, I was wondering about the depths and my draft . That definately is a protected spot ! And that area can be tough to find a good al around achorage. thanks.
Resolute_zs - Awe man , I'm on a 1976 Bayliner Buccaneer 320. Its a center cockpit sloop I found for cheap 4-5 years ago anchored in Boca Ciega Bay ! (of all places) it was foundering at anchor owned by a young guy who apparently never actually sailed and it was on the identified list of (dan-dan-Daaaaa) Derelict Vessels (AaaaaaaaaHhhhhh ! !)
I saved it from a sure sinking or becoming another beach ornament. When I was there I took it into the municipal Marina in Gulfport and the Marina Manager knew all about the state of the boat and was only too happy at the prospect of it leaving the anchorage. I though the city was gonna throw me a party they were so glad to see one of the anchor derelicts removed ! When I found it itwas literally FULL of trash from stem to stern. 35 yardbags full, I filled almost every dumpster in the marina. (with the marina managers permission and understanding that I was removing the boat from the area, which I did in 2-3 days)
Hope to post some photo's soon.
Ok , stay tuned.
Thanks for your help,advice and interest in the trip.
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So, tonight we end up tied to the fonda wall in Mohawk,NY It's a canal authority facility where they apparently haul out barges and tugs and other canal maintenence equipment.
A 10-20 acre fenced in facility.
As it is friday night everybody is gone (workers) and the place is locked up, as in - we're locked IN ! it's supposed to be for docking for free for transients traversing the canal, just to let you know we're not tresspassing or anything.
We float up at about 6pm and I secure the boat and want to ride my little 20" folding Citta 6 speed down the road to a TA truckstop for some diesel additive for cold weather (supposed to get real cold tonight) and grab a gallon of Milk or two ( my 8 year old and I are admitted milk lovers and wife likes it too,for coffee)
So off I go to find out I'm locked in ,6" fence all around.
Except for a 50 ' section on the southwest section bordering the wooded lot .
I exit there to come out along someones back yard that borders it. I saw a couple young kids out playing in the yard and mom ever watchful so I took my hat off and introduced myself and told her why I was coming up out of the woods w/ a bycycle so that she wouldn't think I was a wack or call the cops on me.
She was cool with it and told me that the dollar store was just 2 blocks away and I didn't need to go a mile to the truckstop , for which I thanked her and ended up going to both anyway to get all the stuff I needed and wanted.
Now, I gotta paint the picture for you to get the thrust of the situation. you see I'm about 300 Lbs. and only 5'8" and not exactly GQ with a big long bushy grey beard and half bald (sorta like a homeless santa), and to make matters worse I wacked me head on the spreader (the mast is on deck) and got a big black bruise in the middle of my forhead (hurt like hell, almost fell overboard !)
So , I try to remember that when I'm coming out of the woodline in back of peoples houses !
So here I am riding around on a 20" folding bike Looking like a circus bear w/ a bag of groceries balanced in a little basket hanging on the handlebars .
Yea, I get a few looks , and draw the attention of local sherrif often. So I always carry ID and my VA card, and boater safety card. that usually convinces most LEO's I'm not an escaped mental patient when I tell em' I'm "on a sailboat w/ my family headed to Key West" (you should see the confusion on their faces, followed by a perplexed look and a "your what?")
Anyway, an hour later I'm back on the boat with the goods and totaly exhausted. Mom's making dinner 8 year old daughter "Marina" is elated I bought cookies, and even the cat "grey" "mewed" welcome back. I sat in the cockpit wiped out cooling down.
If I'm gonna get that Pedicab job in Key West I gotta get all the bycycling in I can to build up my Stamina.
I get some rest, this vacation / cruising is exhausting.
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