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Hudson River/Erie Canal shortcut to Great Lakes

Good morning all!
This spring I will be moving my Amel ketch from Florida up to the Great Lakes for the summer. I've been researching the New York State crossing and trying to determine the best location to drop my masts and rig them on the boat for the trip. I understand it can be anywhere from the mouth of the Hudson up to around Albany. I'd like to know what others have done and what they believe is best.

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Good morning all!
This spring I will be moving my Amel ketch from Florida up to the Great Lakes for the summer. I've been researching the New York State crossing and trying to determine the best location to drop my masts and rig them on the boat for the trip. I understand it can be anywhere from the mouth of the Hudson up to around Albany. I'd like to know what others have done and what they believe is best.

Thanks in advance,
Dave Kurtz
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When I took my boat up to Canada in 2002 I used Riverview Marina to unstep the mast for the trip up the Hudson River and Erie Canal. https://www.riverviewmarineservices.com

I took the Oswego Canal and sailed across Lake Ontario. Had it stepped at Oswego Marina. Did the reverse on the return trip.

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Re: Hudson River/Erie Canal shortcut to Great Lakes

We came the other way and used the funniest named marina I’d ever heard before or since.

Hop-o-nose marina. It’s a good 10 miles south of Albany. I shipped my mast on a truck. Folks load their mast on stands all the time, but keep in mind, it will hang off either end of the boat. Both moving around on deck and maneuvering the boat in the locks is compromised to some degree. You’ll spend a week to 10 days in the canal.


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We came the other way and used the funniest named marina I’d ever heard before or since.

Hop-o-nose marina. It’s a good 10 miles south of Albany. I shipped my mast on a truck. Folks load their mast on stands all the time, but keep in mind, it will hang off either end of the boat. Both moving around on deck and maneuvering the boat in the locks is compromised to some degree. You’ll spend a week to 10 days in the canal.
Hop-o-nose is just one option, there are many others further north (west actually) including a DYI at Castleton.

Minne has a good point about the mast, in your case, mastS, on deck. You did not say which lake you are heading to, but if it is Ontario, you'll have a small lake to cross (Oneida), which could be bouncy due to the power boaters - the mast must be well secured.
Your deck X stands will also need to be quite high to clear the windshield, so plan carefully.
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I would agree that it's a load to be putting up on deck. And it's two masts and two booms to secure! I did have the good fortune to speak to another Amel Super Maramu owner who did the same thing and he sent me photos of how he rigged it. However, he hired a crane and did most of it on his own with his crew. I'm going to need a yard and some help. Plus a fair amount of prep work to build the stands he used for support. At least I'll be using them in both directions.
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Re: Hudson River/Erie Canal shortcut to Great Lakes

We unstepped at the DIY yacht club at Castleton. The job boom is electric with anthethered remote control and there are a lot of scrapped supports available to be repurposed.

We were on a 34í boat with a pretty heavy deck stepped mast. I donít know for sure the max weight and lift height that particular job boom can achieve. My gut says you would be close to if not beyond the limits. You would surely need to call and check capacities before relying on that site.

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Somewhere I saw a photo of that DIY crane. I don't think I'll go that route. Doesn't look near adequate for lifting my main mast.

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