Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
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Re: "....Your boat is sinking, call the harbor master!"
Perhaps in another post. Boat names should have stories. It is also important they are easily identifiable. A name should be clearly heard and recognized on the radio. It is important they be unique if possible to avoid confusion. "Drinking Bird" should meet the standard. "Tundra Down" does, too. Our Rhodes 22, a long time on the hard at the farm, is "Sea Mouse". A name I gave to my first boat when I was a kid living on the estuary of the Croton River in your neck of the woods.
On a kids adventure a friend and I took the original "Sea Mouse" a 12 foot Duratech, up the Hudson River, from Croton, to Lake George for Labor day weekend. It sounds crazy today. We hired a pickup to take us from the head of navigation in Glenns Falls and launch us in Lake George Village. A campsite on one of the islands was our retreat for the week. We were 12 and 13. When we approached the Troy lock at about 10 pm it was empty and open. My friend walked up to the lock keeper's office and asked permission for the "Sea Mouse" to lock through. With little thought it was given and I proceeded to motor into the empty lock. Alone! The keeper was a bit surprised but closed the lock's doors and I "climbed the ladder" as the water boiled in. The inside of the lock was quite rough and grabbed at the gunnel a couple of times. Exciting stuff for a 12 year old. We locked through successfully and spent the night in a barn along the canal. I am guessing it is the smallest craft to ever transit that federal lock alone. The name is what cleared our passage don't you think?
We are getting off topic for this thread.
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