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Canal Tugboat
Wed Nov 17 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

The tugboats on the Erie Canal always seem to be nicely painted.

Thu Dec 2 6:10:11 EST 2010 | Missy Peterson
New York State colours.
Rigging Work
Tue Nov 16 20:08:53 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Issuma being a boat, there is, of course, always work to be done. Here, Christina and I are working on getting some of the old rigging wires off.

One of the reasons for taking this route thru the canals was that bringing the masts down was an opportunity to replace a lot of the rigging wires in what seemed an easier way than doing it all by climbing aloft.

Wed Nov 17 14:42:56 EST 2010 | George Ray
Good plan and great work. Perfect opportunity to get all the little rig/spar details smoothed out.
How is the 'Sigmar' diesel heater working out? I notice the chimney pipe on the deck.
Thu Nov 18 7:27:04 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
The diesel heater is not fully functional yet. I am still working on the fuel supply to it (I'm trying to gravity feed it off the daytank when it is full which isn't much higher than the heater). The woodstove is in the pilothouse and works pretty well. The inside chimney for the pilothouse stove seems to almost always be in the way, so is only put on when stopped and wanting heat.
Fall Colors
Mon Nov 15 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

One of many trees along the banks of the canal.

Tue Nov 16 10:26:07 EST 2010 | Brian.
Fall colors long gone up in Nain.
The long drab wait for snow is with us.
Tue Nov 16 20:12:25 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
Sorry to hear there's no snow yet in Nain, Brian.

I'm over a week behind on the blog entries, and almost all the leaves have now fallen here in upstate New York.
Guard Gate
Sun Nov 14 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

One of several guard gates in the Erie Canal.

The purpose of the guard gate is to prevent large amounts of water from being released if there is a break in the canal wall in a long section between locks. The gates are normally up, so boats can pass through.

Crowded Deck
Sat Nov 13 17:01:19 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

With the masts down, the sails, wires, ropes and hardware that are normally aloft make the deck into an obstacle course.

View from the top
Sat Nov 13 0:00:00 EST 2010

The view from the top of the lock, before the gates are opened.

Going Up
Fri Nov 12 7:32:10 EST 2010, Waterford, NY

Doors closed, the lock is filling.

Thu Nov 11 0:00:00 EST 2010, Waterford, NY

This is an unusual amount of turbulence outside the lock doors. I believe there were no boats inside at the time and the water was being dumped from the lock quickly to make it ready to receive a boat going up.

In the Lock
Wed Nov 10 0:00:00 EST 2010, Waterford, NY

Issuma in the lock, heading for the wall to tie up.

Wed Nov 10 19:44:45 EST 2010 | jenny
We met you in oswego along the canal.
Enjoyed talking to you. Hope your trip is safe.
Becareful out there.
Gates Opening
Tue Nov 9 17:16:58 EST 2010, Waterford, NY

Lock gates opening.

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