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09-28-2011 08:41 PM
joethecobbler Actually- you will be able to traverse the damage section of the erie (essentially the area from Oneida lake to waterford) NY gov. cuomo has state the canal will re-open from nov.24th through dec. 8th to allow vessels stranded by the recent hurricane damage to exit the erie and enter the hudson.
Of course if you would prefer a bit earlier departure (as I would) you can still "do" the lake champlain canal via Lake Ontario and a short pass through canada. It's in full operation.
I was suprised to see it will be somewhat functioanl so quickly , based on the extent of the damage. I'm glad to hear it and am happy as it indicates it will probably be up and running in the spring as well.
09-25-2011 10:37 PM
bljones
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Originally Posted by hamdental View Post
As mentioned by ScupperJack, the Welland canal is motorable with mast up, sail to Oswego and have the marina there help take your mast down, then motor to Albany where you join the Hudson. Then down the Hudson to NYC with the current. I don't know where on the Hudson it is safe to get the mast back up. Most of the bridges are very high but I am not sure about the middle Hudson.
Not this year.

Maybe not next year.
09-25-2011 10:18 PM
hamdental As mentioned by ScupperJack, the Welland canal is motorable with mast up, sail to Oswego and have the marina there help take your mast down, then motor to Albany where you join the Hudson. Then down the Hudson to NYC with the current. I don't know where on the Hudson it is safe to get the mast back up. Most of the bridges are very high but I am not sure about the middle Hudson.
07-29-2011 06:27 PM
PorFin
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Originally Posted by PsySailor View Post
Could a 44 footer with a 6 foot draft really make that journey?
Yes, easily. We did the Canal in 2008 in our Vagabond 39 (LOA 46, draft just shy of 6'), and a cruising couple we know does it every year in their Gulfstar 50.
07-29-2011 12:48 PM
PsySailor 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?
04-20-2010 06:14 PM
sck5 take enough oil to change it a couple of times
04-20-2010 06:11 PM
scupperjack Actually, you can enter Lake Ontario via the Welland canal, sail to Oswego and enter the canal system there.
02-25-2010 06:38 PM
Alibaba 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.

Good Luck..
02-25-2010 01:42 PM
sailortjk1 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.
02-25-2010 01:18 PM
pos3idon 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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