03 November 2016 | St. Petersburg, Florida
24 October 2016 | St. Petersburg, Florida
25 July 2016 | Port Colborne, Ontario, CA
21 July 2016 | Toronto, Ontario, CA
16 July 2016 | Admiralty Islands, St. Lawrence river
12 July 2016 | Trento, Ontario Canada
10 July 2016 | Whitby, Ontario Canada
09 July 2016 | Hamilton, Ontario Canada
06 July 2016 | Port Dalhousie, Ontario Canada
30 December 2015 | Tierra Verde Florida, the EdE J is on the hard in Cleveland
23 September 2015 | CYC Dock
08 August 2015 | Cleveland Yachting Club
13 July 2015 | NYC, the Hudson and Catskill
14 June 2015 | The Maritime Republic of Eastport, better known as the other side of the river from Annapolis
31 May 2015 | Portsmouth Virginia
28 May 2015 | Northbound ICW near Pamlico Sound.
25 May 2015 | Waccamaw River, SM 385
22 May 2015 | Middle of the AICWW

The end of the Erie Canal, Final days are within sight.

27 July 2015 | Buffalo, NY
Ed / Hotter than we like
Well, 355 days, and 5312 Nautical Miles later, we are almost in our home waters, at least there are signs that say we are. We are back in the chart books we have used for many years, and the half dozen or so we needed for the rest of the trip are neatly stored, nostalgic thoughts of a great trip are starting to comer up, and our Gold Loop flag is ready to hoist in a few days.

The Erie Canal was another trip through history and also a look at what has happened to many of the towns that built our nation. We met dozens of friendly people in the small towns we stayed in, and were greeted almost everywhere by a group of volunteers who's sole purpose was to make us feel welcome.

The Canal is well marked, but not well charted, in fact the AAA roadmap is probably the best resource for the final miles from Lyons to Tonawanda. During this 100 miles stretch, there are no charts, no buoys and lots of narrow spaces. Along the way there are road signs, since the canal system parallels major highways, it is on the map.

Most of the communities have low cost or even free dockage, many have great restaurants and dock staff or local willing to help you get there. Some highlights.

The town dock in Fairport, NY, note the ICW mustache has not magically vanished, and the EdE J needs a good buff and wax this fall. Fairport is a bustling and growing community, with a busy downtown area right off the docks. Great Ice Cream is within a 2 minute walk, it also has a great meat market and specialty grocery store. For all else there is a Wegman's.

The famous Beardslee "Haunted" Castle in St. Johnsville. The harbormaster will drive you to dinner, and the restaurant brings you back. Also the cheapest fuel on the Canal, Diesel 2.509 a gallon, shades of the Carolina's were fuel was at the 2.00 point.

Lyons bridge wall highlighting their history in the candy business. The town today is a small community without industry, and most people drive 40-50 miles each way to work.

The free bike program at Brockport.

The Gasport welcome sign.

The free dock at Gasport

The entrance sign to the final Erie Canal Locks.

Now to re-rig the boat and begin the trip home.

See you soon,

Ed and EJ
Vessel Name: EdE J
Vessel Make/Model: Endeavour 42
Hailing Port: Cleveland, Ohio
Crew: Ed and EJ Mahoney
About: We started sailing 35 years ago on our first wedding anniversary, this is our fourth boat, purchased new in 1986. We are both Semi-Retired. Our daughter Meghan currently lives in Florida, she and her Fiancée enjoy cruising with us as their time permits.
Extra: Ed is a classic do it yourselfer, and undertaking the retrofit of the EdE J to prepare it for cruising. Watch the blog for some of his horror stories.
EdE J's Photos - Main
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Created 15 March 2015
Pictures of the new Holding tank and the v-Berth under construction.
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Reprovisioning and some locking pictures
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Pictures from the loop, North Channel to Chicago.
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Pictures of the Tank Installation.
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