We left at 07:50 this morning. This 45 ft catamaran got his mast down yesterday too. The fishermen were getting some bait from the dock, hoping for their big catch. It is striped bass season here. A guy on the dock was telling us that his girlfriend caught a 41 inch bass yesterday.
Other things we see today on the Hudson:
We went by the Castleton Boat Club. This was a place where we could have removed the mast too. It was a do it yourself for only $50. That may be alright if you have a crew with you but since we didn’t, opted for service at Catskills. This is where the guy from Lac Megantic was taking his down. We see him on a mooring ball here. Imagine he is anxiously awaiting his family to arrive today.
It was extremely hot today. Especially in the locks. Here are some facts that we read about the canals. It took men and horses eight years to build the Erie Canal. It is considered the engineering marvel of its time. However, not a single professional engineer was involved. Say it isn’t possible Ken and Kevin. The Erie Canal opened in 1825.
The tugboat “Urger” is the flagship of the fleet of vessels operated by the New York State Canal Corporation on the 524 mile Canal System and was built in 1901. He was sitting pretty tied up at the wall when we exited Lock 2.
The Waterford Flight of 5 locks which is lock 2 through 6 that we completed today are lifted and lowered the greatest height in the shortest distance of any canal in the world. We went up 168.80 feet. We entered the first lock at 14:10 and left the last one at 15:34. That is a lot of climbing in a short time. Then we had 2 Guard Gates to go through.
We tied up to a wall just past the Guard gates at 16:10. We almost felt ill, it was so hot. At 19:30, it was still 90 degrees in the shade. Mike managed to hook up the AIS again though. With the mast and antenna down, it couldn’t work. We had some extra coax cable on board and he hooked the antenna to the wooden board holding the mast.
Today we travelled 41.1 nm.