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Old 05-06-2013, 09:26   #1
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Welland Canal

Looking for someone to assist going from Port Colburne to Hamilton. We have a 42' C&C Landfall and would love some help. We live in Hamilton and are looking for someone local as to keep travel costs to a minimum.
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Re: Welland canal

I forgot to mention this would be around June 12-15 as the boat is coming from lake Superior
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Re: Welland canal

Hi, I'm in Toronto, and also have a place in Niagara on the Lake. Haven't been thru the canal, but would like to help. I have a 30 ft sailboat, have crewed across the Pacific and in the Caribbean
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Re: Welland canal

I just did that route 2 weeks ago going the other way (Niagara on the Lake to Port Colburne) on my Hylas 54 Flying Lady. The fenders get covered with rust, slime, dirt, grease, cement etc. and rotate while going up/down so they rub up against the gelcoat causing lots of scratches. So, I had a skirt made for the side of the boat to go under the many fenders I used. The skirt had canvas on one side and a soft felt on the side that went against the hall. I installed it between the fenders and the hull. It cost about 400. I used 5 fenders, 3 big ball fenders for the stern and bow and 2 cylindrical fenders for the beam. The fenders were trashed but the skirt saved the gelcoat from any scratches at all. The skirts was really dirty and gritty and really worth the money. I used the same system for the 30+ locks in the Erie canal too.

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Re: Welland canal

Thank you for the advice, we have heard the canal is dirty. Packrat sorry I have not got back sooner my computer is on the fritz. If you are still interested let me know how to get in touch with you. I am still not sure of the timing but the boat is near Detroit now. so it will not be to long. thanks Paul
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Re: Welland canal

passageweather shows really light headwinds most of the week. too bad you can't catch a break with a nice 15kt southerly.
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Re: Welland canal

Coming downstream is quite a bit easier than going up. Downbound requires only two people while upstream you must have three.

If you handle the lines properly (neither too tight nor too much slack) there is no need for the fenders to even touch the wall coming downbound.

While there will be some dirty wet stuff on your decks, its not as bad as people make out. My wife and I have come through (Downbound) there about 30 times on various boats from 40 - 55' on our own with no problems.
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hi, I've sent a private email with my contact info
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