60 miles to Sylvan Beach

This fine day we did 7 locks, E16-E22.  Passing through beautiful countryside and the towns of St. Johnsville, Little Falls, Herkimer, Mohawk, Ilian, Frankfort, Utica, Rome and finally Sylvan Beach.  So far all NY Canal System lock dimensions are 328 feet long and 45 feet wide. The area available for vessels within a lock is 300 feet long, 43.5 feet wide.  All locks so far have had lines hanging from the walls that you use to hold the boat close to the wall.  I would say 1 in 5 locks has in addition to the hanging ropes, a recessed cable or pipe that you tie to.  In our case my stbd mid bow cleat is what we secured my vessel to the walls with.  Tie to this giving enough slack for the boat to sit 3′ off the wall.  Make sure you have fenders on the side of the boat against the lock wall, if you don’t you will need to know a good fiberglass person.  have one person stay at the helm to make adjustments using the engines to keep the stern of the boat somewhat in line with the front.  just dont allow the boat to get sideways,  this is an imperfect science so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

this is a time-lapse video of 2 locks in action and going through Little Falls




Lock filling up


running at 16kt trying to catch a lock before it closes at 1800 


Tied up in the tight cove of Mariners Landing in Sylvan Beach  



sunset over Oneida Lake 


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