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Old 15-05-2018, 02:40   #16
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Re: NY canals single handed

Not trying to snatch the thread... can multihulls transit the locks with their plus 20 foot widths? Curious.
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Old 15-05-2018, 05:33   #17
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Re: NY canals single handed

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.
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Re: NY canals single handed

Originally Posted by taxwizz View Post
Try leaving a can of beer at the top of the lock wall.
I think my Dad left a fifth one trip. Kidding aside I have never met a lock master that was not courteous and helpful. I've done the Champlain Canal end to end 8 times. It speaks well to the state's hiring practices although I found the same on the Okeechobee canal and the Pinapolis Dam lock. Maybe the job just attracts nice people.
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