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Old 30-10-2014, 19:27   #16
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Location: Halifax, NS, Canada
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Re: Where to Drop / Step the Mast on the Erie Canal

Came thru this canal on a C&C 35 from the BVI in June on our way to Toronto in '91... At the time I didn't know any better, had no internet or cruising buddies, and few resources. There were only 2 of us on board, 12 days from Virgin Gorda and this was our second stop (1st was in Manhattan to clear in - but that's another story).

We stopped at a city float (there were only 2) just after the bridge in Troy, found a payphone and called a local wrecking company. I asked them if they had a boom truck, and they did. asked him to come on down to the rivers edge, and swing by the beer store and the hardware store on the way. he was there inside an hour, with a 24 of cold beer, 4, 2x4x8's (which we built two mast support A-frames from) and a wrecker with a boom. An hour later we had the boom lashed to the cradles on the deck, only 6 beer left, and a new best buddy! He went up the river with us a few miles and showed us a good spot for the night, then caught a cab back to his truck and (i suppose) drove it home. maybe he slept in it all night... or maybe took the cab home. I dunno - things were different then.

Anyway - we had a hoot of a trip thru there to Oswego - hit every little backwater pool bar there was it seemed, and had a couple of week long delays due to lock failures. My dad drove down from Nova Scotia and joined us for a week, and generally it was a lovely relaxed trip. glad to hear it's still fun! must do that run again sometime. but maybe in a power boat this time.


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