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03-30-2016 11:08 PM
miatapaul
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

yea Greg i think you missed the boat so to speak!
03-30-2016 07:49 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

Welcome Greg. Glad to hear you've fallen for the sport. However, I don't think you're going to hear back from Glenn. His post was made nearly 4 years ago (see date in upper left corner of each post) and his profile suggests he hasn't signed on since late 2012.

Still, keep poking around. You'll eventually find what your looking for.
03-30-2016 05:11 PM
43N77W
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

Hi Glenn,

My name is Greg Simmons, living in Greece, NY. I've fallen victim to the sailing bug several years ago and have finally gotten to the point where I need to start feeding my passion.
In addition to all of the reading and studying I've been doing I want to start connecting to local skippers so I can learn the tried and true method via hands on.

I would like to offer my time to help with preparing your boat for this season and crewing if you ever need company or an extra set of hands. I'm 43, married, working full time and pretty involved with my church. However, after family, church and work, I can see myself throwing everything else into sailing.

I can swim, a former athlete and in great health. However, I am losing the extra baggage of rice and beans that my Puerto Rican wife has blessed me with (29lbs lost so far).
If there is interest, perhaps we can grab a coffee and discuss.

Many thanks for your consideration.

Gregory Simmons
PS: I would have private messaged you but I just joined Sailnet and don't have enough posts to do a PM.
08-29-2012 11:43 PM
dlblandjr
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

thanks to everyone for an interesting and insightful thread .
don bland Bristol 26
08-29-2012 11:19 PM
dlblandjr
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

thank you , one and all this has been most enlightening for me, as i plan a great loop trip next year, I had planned this year but med problems prevailed over my plans, I am learning so much now from all of you I feel glad I was forced to wait. Super comradrie here folks, Wow!
Don Bland , Bristol 26'
08-26-2012 03:13 PM
Kasidah
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

For anyone looking to step or unstep their mast for the Erie canal you should look at this blog Fair Point Marina near Oswego NY has started on helping cruisers new to it all.
Fair Point Marina The perfect place to start your journey down the Erie Canal
08-14-2012 12:41 AM
PorFin
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
I ran into some pretty snotty weather down Delaware Bay, and up the Jersey coast, and of course on Lake Erie, and the whole affair never budged a single millimeter... Had a few days of snap rolling like you wouldn't believe, however... (grin)
Jon,

BTDT -- we crossed Lake Michigan in October with the mast down as well; the seasonal storm systems kept the lake pretty bumpy. I think my heart was in my throat for most of the trip. Not having that counterbalance aloft really makes for an, er, intersting motion...
08-13-2012 09:47 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

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Originally Posted by Hudsonian View Post
Jon Eisberg: If I'm not mistaken the photo was taken while southbound south of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Out of curiousity, why did you still have your mast down?

When the bridge opened in 1924, it was the longest suspension bridge span in the world.
That's the Bear Mountain Bridge, alright, but I was actually northbound at the time...

This was the delivery of a Gozzard 44 from Annapolis to Cleveland... We decided to put the rig on deck from start to finish. The boat had just been sold to a new owner, the rig had been down for service and survey in Annapolis anyway. But, there was a major problem with the electric in-mast furling system that was going to have to be dealt with in Cleveland anyway, so it was pretty much a no-brainer to just do the whole trip as a powerboat delivery...

The crew at Port Annapolis did an awesome job building the supports for the rig - I ran into some pretty snotty weather down Delaware Bay, and up the Jersey coast, and of course on Lake Erie, and the whole affair never budged a single millimeter... Had a few days of snap rolling like you wouldn't believe, however... (grin)
08-13-2012 03:29 PM
smurphny
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

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Originally Posted by Vasco View Post
When did they do this? I always used to go starboard side to except Lock 17 which is a side fill lock and northbound you have to go port side to. In a busy lock there was often boats on both sides (except 17).
I noticed it just last year. This is on the Champlain Canal. I don't know if it's true of the rest of the canal system. Sounds like you are referring to the Erie Canal as there is no lock 17 on the Champlain.
08-13-2012 11:20 AM
PorFin
Re: Mast Supports for Erie Canal travel

Just a couple of thoughts to add to the many great tips posted above:

1. Think about whether or not to detach your spreaders from the mast. When we did this the first time, we left the mast pretty much fully rigged and ready to re-step. We pulled the lowers but left the uppers attached. It still made for some nervous moments when docking, it also meant that keeping the shrouds organized and out of the way was a bit challenging.

2. Do yourself a favor and pick up a roll of stretch plastic packing wrap: Use it liberally to secure your stays & shrouds. Much easier than trying to do it with line or bungie cords, and unlike tape won't leave adhesive residue after it comes off.

3. As others have mentioned, ratchet straps are gonna be your new best friends. Get as many as you think you need, then add another half. I'm a big believer in "it's better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have them..."
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