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Can anyone give me an idea of how many miles/hours I'd have to motor?
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All of the erie canal, at the very least, the rest depends upon your skill and the weather.
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It's a long trip, no doubt about it.
Your going to have to do a lot of motoring as has already been discussed.

Also, I don't think you can travel at night on the Erie and you are required to be tied up somewhere each evening at dusk. Can somebody else confirm this.
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Lock hours and nav info is here:

New York State Canals: Excursions and Vacations: Boating on the Canal
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So it seems that I'd be motoring for a minimum of 360 miles. This seems like a lot of stress to put on an inboard diesel sailboat motor all at once. What do you think? I'd hate to buy a boat and immediately have to replace the engine (which I cannot afford to do)
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An engine survey should be part of your purchasing process.
If the engine is sound and in good condition than it should not be an issue. I would not think twice about it on board our boat and frankly if the engine could not be expected to do a little motoring than I would not bother with the purchase.
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I dock my sailboat at Erie Pa. I`ve know many sailors and diesel motor boaters who have completed the Erie Canal in both directions. I dont recall any of them having problems with thier motors. I know a few guys who motored thier 22-26 sailboats thru with just 10 hp outboards.

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Actually, you can enter Lake Ontario via the Welland canal, sail to Oswego and enter the canal system there.
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take enough oil to change it a couple of times
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The Erie canal looks scarcely wider than 2 road widths in google earth.

Could a 44 footer with a 6 foot draft really make that journey?
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