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 Welland Upbound.

25 July 2016 | Port Colborne, Ontario, CA
Another late post, but I wanted to keep the chronology going.

We spent the 23rd and 24th of July enjoying the hospitality of Port Dalhousie.

The morning of the 25th, we started early and checked in as requested at 0700, we were given an assignment of about 10:30 AM. When we checked in we were alone, but as time went on two other vessels arrived, and as expected we would lock through as a group. This was an interesting locking group, the smallest vessel was a 23 foot sailboat, that had lost its inboard engine and was going to lock through using a borrowed outboard, he indicated that he could make 5 knots, but as we got started, we noted that 2.5 was about all he could do. That speed would make the last 14 miles very long.

Based on our downbound experience, we hired two crew. As our group collected at the beginning of the canal, the power vessel only had two onboard instead of the required 3, and the small sailboat had 3, none with any sailing experience, they had just purchased the boat and were transporting it by water to Port Dover, it was their first boat.

Our Upbound transit started at about 1100, our crew was onboard, and we entered lock 1 without incident. Bob and Don, our crew, were very experienced, and provided guidance in positioning the boat. Don was retired form the Canal System and had operated most of the locks, and knew many of the lock tenders. This was a great help in that the position of the boat in the lock determines the forces on it, and the amount of effort required to keep it safe. The amount of effort is substantial, and a deep keel sailboat experiences the full force of the water entry. We learned that the Canal system had recently increased the speed of the water entry as they prepared for conversion to automated locking for the freighters. The result is more violent forces which do not affect a freighter that is essentially attached to the walls via a hydraulic system, but do affect pleasure craft.

We were fortunate, while pressed very tightly against the lock wall, our trusty extra-large fenders kept us from any damage. Our crew still had to work very hard to keep us off the wall, but we were successful in our upbound transit.

The Canal is very interesting and an engineering masterpiece. It was so nice to transit in the daylight. However, being in a group with a slow vessel made the last 14 mile transit a 5-hour trip rather than 2. Traffic upbound was light, however, as we entered lock 8, the final lock, I could see a commercial vessel approaching from the stern on the AIS. I am sure that if the Seaway system had known the speed of our slowest vessel, they would have held the group for at least 6 more hours to allow the commercial traffic to clear. The slow transit and the abundance of weeds in the canal allowed the intake strainer to partially plug and restrict cooling. But clearing it would have to wait until we docked in Port Colborne.

We arrived in Port Colborne as the sun was setting after the marina staff had gone home for the day. The winds were picking up, and we were glad to have docking help from our dockmates. Another long day on the Welland and the Admiral repeated her never again pledge.

Lake Ontario was wonderful, and I would love to visit it again for a longer period of time, but my back is telling me to reconsider and of course I have to convince the Admiral.

Fair winds and following seas.

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
48 Photos
Created 15 March 2015
Pictures of the new Holding tank and the v-Berth under construction.
6 Photos
Created 14 February 2015
20 Photos
Created 15 October 2014
8 Photos
Created 14 October 2014
6 Photos
Created 2 October 2014
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2014
Reprovisioning and some locking pictures
32 Photos
Created 14 September 2014
10 Photos
Created 25 August 2014
Pictures from the loop, North Channel to Chicago.
4 Photos
Created 24 August 2014
Pictures of the Tank Installation.
6 Photos
Created 19 June 2014