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Re: Welland canal transit
Came through day before yesterday on my 100th passage.
No, you do not need any mooring lines. You will pull up near the front on the lock and they will drop two lines too you.
You must have three crew onboard for upbound passage one at bow, one at stern and a helmsman. This requirement is due to the extra turbulence when filling the locks, you do need someone on the throttle. Downbound you can do it single handed if you are good enough but I don't recommend it, two is best.
There are free docks at either end of the canal where there are phone booths with dedicated lines to check in with Seaway Control.
There are no service at either dock. When you come into the canal from Lake Ontario look for the first little basin on the port side and the telephone booth, you can tie up there.
What kind of boat ?
The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.