One of the first things we learned about, prior to even casting off on the 49′ Hunter monohull that we did our liveaboard course on, was prop walk. Essentially, prop walk is the boat’s desire to have its stern (rear end) “walk” or move sideways when motoring at slow speeds. If you know what direction it will go (it varies according to whether you have a right hand or a left hand prop, or if you are going forward or reverse) it can be used to your advantage. For example, if a monohull needs to turn completely around in a tight area (either between some docks or in a narrow channel) they can employ what is called a back and fill. I was thinking about this because of how many times we have had to do u-turns in the channel to line ourselves up for docking (we have all our fenders and boards on our starboard side and are too lazy to change them). Fortunately, with a catamaran like ours which has two engines, this is even easier. One engine in forward with the other in reverse will pretty much turn us around in one spot. Definitely a benefit that we enjoy having!
Yesterday’s engine maintenance went smoothly; I am obviously getting used to some of the basic tasks. I changed the oil, swapped both the oil and fuel filters and replaced the spark plugs. I swear that these jobs could be completed in half the time if the parts were a bit more accessible. Trying to twist around to remove a spark plug that you can’t see, while being careful not to drop anything in the water, is a challenge.
We are in Little Falls marina at the moment, the first place we have had to (chose to) pay since Oswego. The marina is nice, has showers and wifi, is within walking distance of a town and for these conveniences we paid $1.00 per foot. I wonder if the lady at the counter would have come out and measured it if I had said our boat was 18′ long? 😉
Because we were unsure about bringing a bunch of meat and vegetables into the US, it was time to provision. Taking the advice of the lady at the marina office (Tina), we took a walk around before heading to the grocery store. As promised, this is a beautiful little town with some cool architecture.
You have to wonder how all the power boaters could miss these signs!
In a lock behind a tour boat. We got to listen to the tour guide’s presentation as we went through.
Mr. Tour Guide said that this is referred to as the “angel.” I can see it.
We were taking pics of them while they took pics of us.
Our chart book says that Little Falls is located at the narrowest point in the Mohawk Valley.
I am guessing that these are now condos or apartments. They have quite the view!
We’ll be passing through this section of canal in a few hours.
Pretty! Both my wife and the town. 🙂
Oh, there are big boats on the canal…
…and then there are REALLY BIG boats on the canal! This one is a cruise ship heading back to NYC.