Today’s post, like many in the future will be I assume, was written and then set to auto-publish at some later time. In this particular case, I wrote it on Wednesday evening, knowing that our plans had us leaving Brewerton to cross Lake Oneida at dawn on Thursday, weather permitting of course.
Lake Oneida is both largish and shallow. Because of the limited depth, it apparently can kick up waves quite easily and with our mast hanging in the balance on top of 3 – 2×4s, we need to be careful. The issue is not only the wind-induced waves though. What we have come to learn is that there is an equal threat caused by the wake from unknowing (and STUPID!!!) power boaters.
Note: We know that blog follower, frequent commenter and power boater John would not fall into this STUPID category.
On our first day in the canals, we had a taste of this and came to the conclusion that we weren’t happy with how we had our mast secured fore and aft. We tried to use trucker’s hitches to lock it in place as we have side to side, but it just didn’t seem as effective. With a bit of creative thinking, we figured out a way to run lines around the mast, secured around the spreaders, back to the winches. By winching it tight in both directions, the mast now feels 10 times as secure (That 10x figure is a very scientific number folks. I’ll describe how I calculated it in some future post ).
Anyway, wish us luck in our lake crossing.
These two buoys (look closely) mark the intersection of the
Oswego Canal System and the Erie Canal System.
Rebecca working out on-route, again.
One bathes when one gets the chance. In this case it was while on the move.
Our first lock on the Erie canal and the first lock which we had to wait for other boats to exit before we could enter.
Welcome to Brewerton.
We are so far south now that they even have palm trees growing here.
We watched about a dozen kids jump off this bridge right behind our boat. We then watched a police officer give them all tickets! Good thing we were a bit slow getting our suits on or we might be posting this from some upper state NY jail cell!