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I'm buying dinner at the other end - so I think Ill be OK.

But then I'm known to be an optimist...
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I'm buying dinner at the other end - so I think Ill be OK.
There isn't much at the L.O. end of the canal unless you go to Niagara on the Lake or Port Dalhousie. I kept my boat at a yard by lock 1 for 2 winter's, it's pretty desolate.

Port Dalhousie is probably your best bet.

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Nothing to add to BP's post except that it's correct. They'll provide approximately 100' poly pro lines. Minimum 3 adults on board.
Same here. Good post.

You do need to take up and handle those heavy lines. Crew needs work gloves for sure. On top of that, we used two old fashioned Barton opening snatch blocks attached to perforated toerail near bow and stern. We ran the lines through those. This made taking up, letting out on the lines easier while still maintaining tension. There is a lot of turbulence, so you need to hang on tight!

By the way, they usually have you go up front of the lock. Then a huge freighter comes in behind you. Can be kind of daunting!
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There isn't much at the L.O. end of the canal unless you go to Niagara on the Lake or Port Dalhousie. I kept my boat at a yard by lock 1 for 2 winter's, it's pretty desolate.

Port Dalhousie is probably your best bet.
Thanks Arcb. We all live in Hamilton, so if it has to wait till then I'm sure they wont mind. Although there were a couple of decent restaurants not too far from the Port Dalhousie harbor last time I visited.

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Same here. Good post.

You do need to take up and handle those heavy lines. Crew needs work gloves for sure. On top of that, we used two old fashioned Barton opening snatch blocks attached to perforated toerail near bow and stern. We ran the lines through those. This made taking up, letting out on the lines easier while still maintaining tension. There is a lot of turbulence, so you need to hang on tight!

By the way, they usually have you go up front of the lock. Then a huge freighter comes in behind you. Can be kind of daunting!
Thanks FreeAgent. Ill pick up some good gauntlets and remember to put my biggest fender at the stern!
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Thanks FreeAgent. Ill pick up some good gauntlets and remember to put my biggest fender at the stern!
You won't need the fender!

But you should make sure you have two sturdy pike poles to fend off the dock walls. Thinking back, we also used a piece of 2x6 as a fender board. Ideally have 4 crew - two with the pike poles and two with work gloves handling the lines. Try to heel boat away from walls so spreaders don't catch. Those Barton snatch blocks are pretty expensive these days. We just happened to have them. Going down is easier, so you shouldn't have any problems.
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