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02-02-2003 11:25 PM
Erie Canal System

Our Erie-Hudson transit was way back in ''92; but at that time the Yacht Club at CASTLETON (on the Hudson) had a free do-it-yourself (manual) crane for re-stepping. You help the crew ahead of you (and so on) so it goes pretty well. They also have moorings (donation?) and dockage.
See Tom Dove''s ICW Guide ( for great info'' further south.
Good cruisin''
Gord May
01-29-2003 06:06 AM
Erie Canal System

oh I forgot.....the cheapest place to stay in NYC is the 79th Street Boat Basin. (run by the department of Parks and Recreation of NYC)Something like $15 for a mooring right in the middle of Manhattan. You can''t beat that!!!

mike C.
01-29-2003 06:03 AM
Erie Canal System

you will love the sail down the Hudson. There are many marinas and yacht clubs lining the river. You may looking at for some stop over places. Albany to Kingston 1 day. Stay over night at the town docks on the Rondout creek in Kingston.(call ahead via phone or vhf) Some very good restarants you can walk to.
Some excellant mansions over look the river (the Vanderbuilts, the FDR Estate)

Don''t forget West Point (what a view from the river)

Just remember to check the tides each day
(the Hudson is a tidal esturary)

Enjoy the trip !!!!!

mike C.
Chelsea Yacht Club
Hudson River
01-25-2003 09:58 AM
Erie Canal System

Sorry about that it is Wardell''s to get your mast down at Tonawanda. And yes he is like the soup nazi and he does know his stuff.
01-25-2003 09:54 AM
Erie Canal System

Hi: Did the Erie Canal August 2002 and you will love it. About 310 miles of everything - great food great people and great Stopovers. We entered from Lake Erie at Buffalo and meandered to Tonawanda New York - about 10 or so Miles. Had the Mast taken down at Miller''s Marine $3.00 foot and the guy is great. Be carefull at Lake Oneida - you need a calm day and not a weekend. Put the Mast up at Riverview Marina on the Hudson. Don''t have any work done there - we got bit pretty bad. Get Reed Tide and Current tables to help you climatize yourself to the change in water. Not really a big deal. I have done the Welland Canal 8 times and Erie Barge is less turbulance less traffic (no freighters) and dockmasters are very helpful. I think we paid $35.00 U.S. for a 10 day permit and will take longer on our return trip to appreciate the little villages along the way. Scale of 1 to 10 the trip is a definate 9
01-25-2003 12:12 AM
Erie Canal System

Depending on your transit dates, you may not need your sail until 30+ miles down the Hudson. Plenty of places to step mast.I can provide some personal suggestions backchannel. There are some that are good and others, well, you should just find a good one. JR

For the video cruising guide to the Hudson that shows approaches and most mast stepping facilities info, see
01-08-2003 12:58 AM
Erie Canal System

I did 35 miles into the canal in Oct 02. Get the mast down at Worrel''s. He is like the soup nazi so shut up and do what he says (he knows his stuff). CALL CALL CALL in advance to let him know you are coming. It won''t make a difference but the reality is it makes him feel good and he will give you better service! And I was told it takes forever for him to take the mast down (its a one man show for the fuel dock, etc.) so the call in advance will get you out quicker. The rest of the trip is fun.
01-02-2003 05:30 AM
Erie Canal System

Peter K.
Sorry for the confusion, you enter the Black Rock canal at Buffalo, make sure you have good charts for this area. The lock itself takes 15 minutes to raise you 5'' to the level of the Niagaras River, then you travel down river and make a right turn to the Erie canal. the canal devides Tonawanda & North Tonawanda, Wardells is on the left in North Tonawanda. Any more info. or questions please feel free to E mail Me at The 4hrs had to do with the time from the Welland Canal(Canada) to Buffalo
12-31-2002 10:57 AM
Erie Canal System

Recently, my wife and I moved our 32'' Pearson through the canal from Tonawanda as far as Oneida Lake where it is up for the winter. We plan to resume the trip and wind up in the Chesapeake next spring.

The new charts produced by the NY Canal system are great and worth the cost. Also, a copy of the guide by Skipper Bob is worth having. He gives info that the charts don''t.

Dennis Wardell can unstep your mast but he didn''t have any cradles when we arrived. Lucky we had built our own.

I have started to write a document to send to Skipper Bob who invites anyone to add to his body of knowledge. Anyone interested can e-mail me and I''ll respond as soon as possible with an attachment of my document or answers to any questions.
12-31-2002 05:33 AM
Erie Canal System

Sinewave, what do you mean "the trip to Buffalo about 4hrs thru the Black rock canal is free and takes 15 min."? Am I reading something wrong in your post? I''m not trying to be a smart butt, but am hoping to enter the NY State canal system at Buffalo and am very interested in your comments. I gather the Black Rock canal begins at Buffalo and goes to Tonawonda where the NY State canal system begins. Is it 4 hrs from Buffalo to Tonawonda? Is Wardell''s Boatyard in Buffalo? I could look them up on the internet for a phone number if I know the city. Thanks for your comments, and fair winds.
Peter K.
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