I went through the system from Ithaca NY to Lake Champlain in 2013, single
handed on a C&C
29. Not an issue. However, depending on the time of year, you may be dealing with some strong currents in places. I went through in May and the spring run off was close to peak. I actually had to transit rapids getting into one lock Northbound on the Hudson
. Luckily, I was heading into the current
. Would have been a different story the other direction.
As Stated, gloves are a must. I did use a fender
board and glad I did as it protected my fenders from the lock walls. Very pleasant and interesting transit.