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Old 25-07-2010, 18:41   #1
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Where to Drop / Step the Mast on the Erie Canal

What marinas do people usually drop and step their masts at when entering and leaving the Erie Canal. We were thinking of dropping our mast at the Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo even before entering the black rock canal. Any thoughts? What about on the Hudson side?
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Old 26-07-2010, 20:14   #2
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Wow I am very surprised there are no takers on this one. Let me rephrase the question: what marina did you use to unstep your mast when you transited the canal system. We are currently in Erie Basin Marina and they do not have a crane here.
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Southbound: We unstepped the mast at Oswego (L. Ontario), then re-stepped it at the yacht club at Castleton on Hudson.
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I used to unstep at Oswego marina at Oswego and step at Riverview Marina in Catskill. Mike the owner of Riverview is very helpful. Years ago I did it at the Castleton Boat Club but this is a do it yourself operation, with the mastcrane high on a bluff and the boat on a floating dock with power boats charging past and waking you although it is a no wake zone.

There are two marinas in Catskill that do masts, Riverview and Hop-O-Nose marina. Riverview is much friendlier. As for Buffalo never been there in a boat but most folks I know get the mast done by Wardells, which is just before the first bridge in the Erie Canal. Dennis Wardell is the guy who does it. This is past the Black Rock Lock. Have a safe trip.
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Hello,

Here is a list of places to get your mast done. The eastern end is well used by those going in all directions (Champlain, Oswego, and Buffalo). Castleton Boat Club is the cheap option, with the other two being comparable by most accounts. The Buffalo end is widely varied by response. Wardell Boat Yard usually get good reviews. Call ahead and get a time slot and total estimate with fees for radar and antennas as well as tax.
Eastern End (Albany)
  • Castleton Boat Club, Castleton on the Hudson, NY; 518-732-7077 --- Note: Do it yourself gin pole.
  • Hop-O-Nose Marine, Catskill, NY; 518-943-4640
  • Riverview Marine Service Inc., Catskill, NY; 518-943-5311 --- Note: Cannot service catamarans, must fit in slip to reach crane.
Western End (Buffalo)
  • Wardell Boat Yard, North Tonawanda, NY; 716-692-9428
  • Smith Boys Inc., North Tonawanda, NY; 716-695-3472
  • Rich Marine Sales, Inc., Buffalo, NY; 716-873-4060
  • RCR Yachts, Buffalo, NY; 716-856-6314
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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We're looking for recommendations for do it yourself places on the west end.
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We stayed at Riverview Marina in Catskill where we stepped the mast ourselves. On our 1000 mile trip this was the nicest marina we stayed at. The staff their was beyond friendly and bathrooms were so clean you could eat off the floor. I believe it was only $1.25/ft. Definitely support these guys with your business they deserve it and are half the price of some of the other marinas in Catskill.
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Re: Where to Drop / Step the Mast on the Erie Canal

Who has their mast stepped and shipped from Oswego to Troy (or some other place)? Who does it? Is there a package deal?
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We just completed our trip through the Erie Canal. We unstepped our mast at Rich Marine in Buffalo. Good friendly and helpful people. $325 for our PSC 34. Planning to step our mast in Riverview Marina in Catskill.

The Erie Canal was a fascinating trip. The towns along the way are very accommodating. They want you to visit. We did not pay for dockage the whole trip. Skipper Bob's Erie Canal guide is absolutely essential to find all the good free stops.
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