From my research
....Boat speed is not the limiting factor....
This leg of your journey is 338 miles
from Waterford, NY at the Hudson
Tonawanda, NY at the Niagara River. In order to pass through the entire length of the Erie
Canal your vessel must be able to clear a fixed bridge height of 15' 6". (If you can't clear
this height, you must exit at Oswego). There are 57 locks on the Erie Canal that lift
vessel a total of 565 feet above sea level. In addition, there are 20 lift
bridges on the Canal
All recreational vessels passing through any lock or lift bridge on the Canal System must
either a Seasonal Pass, a Ten-Day Pass. For boats over 39 feet the toll is
$50.00 for a ten day pass. Smaller vessels of course, have a smaller fee.
The Erie Canal opens May 1st to September 1st (weather permitting).
Locks and Lift
bridges are operated daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. So there is no cruising at night as
you can not go any further than the next Lock or lift bridge.
Cruising the Erie Canal
is a long (6 or 7 days) and a slow cruise
There is a slow canal speed limit on the entire Erie Canal. NYS navigation
law dictates a 5
mph canal speed limit in most areas