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Lock 17
Maggie/Richard
Sun Nov 21 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Lock 17 was the only difficult lock we had. Due to the way the water enters this lock, they want all boats to be on one side of the lock, which for boats heading in our direction, would be on the port side. Issuma has reels of rope attached to the lifelines on the port side that prevent coming alongside a wall on the port side.

We talked with the lockmaster, and he was definite about what side we needed to tie up on (and there is a sign to that effect on the lock before it), but said we could back in if we needed to. Backing in would have been relatively easy, except for the corner in the river just before the lock (not seen in the picture), where the water goes around a bridge support. There is a sudden change in the current at this point, which I was unable to get around in reverse.

So we used ropes to shore and, by a combination of pushing and slowly motoring in reverse, backed up to the lock, then we got aboard and reversed into the lock. It took about an hour in total to enter the lock (an advantage in being the only boat heading north this time of year is that you're not delaying anything if you're slow :) ).

Tue Nov 23 18:09:54 EST 2010 | will vandorp
back a few years ago, we had the same unusual request at that lock.
Wed Nov 24 18:01:01 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
They had a simlar request at another lock further on, but that was due to a teemporary situation--some logs clogging one of the intake valves, I think. After a lot of discussion, they allowed us to lock thru on the side they didn't wan't us on. We were tied bow and stern to wires running vertically down the lock, so we had no problems.
Lock 11
Maggie/Richard
Sat Nov 20 17:48:23 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Approaching Lock 11

Adirondack Power and Light
Richard
Fri Nov 19 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

The old Adirondack Power and Light generating station.

Tied to the wall is a self-propelled barge (note the outboard motor).

Dam
Maggie/Richard
Thu Nov 18 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Hydroelectric dam beside a lock on the Erie Canal. There are several dams along the route, supplying electricity for the area.

Canal Tugboat
Richard
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
Maggie/Richard
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
Richard
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
Maggie/Richard
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
Christina/Richard
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
Richard
Sat Nov 13 0:00:00 EST 2010

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

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