Looks like this old thread is being revived, may as well jump in since I'm currently a St Catharines sailor (for right now any way) and could hit the canal with a snowball from my winter storage
(which I'm still stuck in for another week or two).
I would tend to agree with O'Reilly, the ride up is much more turbulent, just due to the physics of how a lock works. Some locks the gates will be on the same side as your tie up and it's easy as pie, because the outflow holds you nicely off the wall and you just take up as necessary, but if the gates are on the opposite side, the boils slam you hard against the wall and keep you pinned there.
A nice alternative to fender
boards is bits of Cedar log about 5" in diameter maybe a couple feet long wrapped in polypropylene or natural fibre rope
(like hemp), forming a fender. They are much cheaper and easier to manhandled than a big beast of a fender board. Sturdy ball fenders work well too.
If you need crew upbound, you can check the corkboard in the office at Port Dalhousie Pier Marina, or downbound at the marina in port colborne, there are guys that will come on as crew for the day, usually cheap
, they're just looking for beer money
and something to do.
Best to start the canal early in the am, a typical transit is 8 hours plus and pleasure craft are at the bottom of the priority list, canaling can be exhausting, not that fun at night for a pleasure craft crew.
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