7.6 miles on the Trent Severn Locks 1-6, Frankford

Time lapse locks 1-5 Trent Severn

Gateway to the Trent Severn Waterway, Trent Port Marina was a great spot. Tomasso’s was a great Italian place we ate at while we were there.  The morning we departed I found out the marina has a coffee shop and ice cream parlor.  We got fuel on our way to the start of the Trent, it’s sold in liters here and it’s about 1.10$ a liter. I got 245 liters which is around 65 gallons.  They don’t let you fuel your own vessel here so the polite girls at the fuel dock took care of that and a pump out. First class service I must tell you, and the exchange rate is greatly in our favor.  Headed to Lock #1 referred to Greenhorn Lock. 

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the bills here are plastic, waterproof and float lol 

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Tied up after Lock 6, Lock master Ian and Courtenay are both awesome!  They taught me a lot about the workings of the lock systems and life as a Lock Master.  Below dad pulling his weight making another great meal 😉  

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These gears open and close the gate valve on the lock intake water pipe 

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86 miles to Trenton Canada

Oswego is a very neat town, we found a good place for dinner.  Alex’s on the water was great, good atmosphere and food.  There was live music, the male female duo put on quite the show! dancing and what not, reminded me of lee Hual my good friend aka “Boogie”.

we left out of Oswego at 0700 with a 75 mile open water crossing.  We got on course and set the Auto Pilot.  Sea state was 2′ when we started which switched to out of the South West which put it on our nose.  The lake is definitely different from the open water gulf or atlantic, waves come from all angles so its tricky to get a smooth ride on days with any sizable waves.  Once we got within 30 miles of Canadian land the waves did lay down and we were off making good time.  We are about to start a route called the Trent Severn.  The Trent–Severn Waterway is 240 miles-long it’s a canal route connecting Lake Ontario at Trenton to Lake Huron at Port Severn. Its major natural waterways include the Trent River, Otonabee River, the Kawartha Lake , Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and the Severn River. Its scenic, meandering route has been called “one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world”.  They used as much natural deep water routs as possible so the course zigzags like a snake.  Many of the locks are manually operated still to this day and its like a step back in time.  This is some of the finest inland cruising you can do.  you shouldnt do this with anything over a 5′ draft, and if you intend to you will have to sign a damage waver.  my 4.2′ draft should be perfect.  As you arrive in Trenton you have 2 swing bridges that have to open, to achieve this call them on channel 14 and have 5$ ready to put in the bridge tenders bucket.  This is cool and 5$ gets 2 bridges open.

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Yellow flag is a “quarantine” flag you fly when entering another country untill you clear customs, and the small Canadian flag is a courtesy flag.

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We arrived at Trent Port Marina, this marina has glowing reviews on Active Captain and I can see why, the bathrooms remind me of the WaterColor Inn off 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.  They are so clean and spacious and each shower room is private, the lounge and FREE laundry facility is out of this world.  Brand new machines, high-efficiency, large and free such a nice treat.  There is a nice computer room, strong wi-fi for the slips and grills to use on the beautiful grass lawn.  This is a must stop when arriving in Canada, the Canadian customs can clear you at this marina and there is a telephone number you use to call them.  The Marina staff is very accommodating, and that makes the experience oh so great.  Here is an overview of the marina, this is their first full season of being open.  The future will be bright for this marina, they are off to an incredible start.

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32 miles to Oswego

Today we completed the Eric Canal, Locks E23 and Oswego Locks E1-E8.  We did a total of around 30 locks this past week.  Below a picture of me standing in Winter Harbors heated dry storage facility, they pack this thing full during the winter.  Cant wait to come back to this marina, spend some time and find a way to buy owner Toms sweet sexy 1972 53 Hatteras that is for sale.  Its got 12/71 Detroit’s that are naturally aspirated, still pushes her 18-20kts.  service life one those motors is 15-20,000 hours and it only has 100 hours SMOH (since major over haul)  Bow thruster, new paint and a classic classic ride.  It will be a head turner and look great in front of my marina.  There is nothing like these older Hatteras boats, upkeep is a labor of love.  We arrived at Oswego Marina this evening, it’s a perfect stopping point before you cross Lake Ontario.  They sell fuel and have a nice ship store, dock master is accommodating and there are many businesses in walking distance.  You can watch the charter boats come and go from this location.  Tomorrow we will cross Lake Ontario from Oswego to Trenton and check into Canada customs,  check out the video below.

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23 miles to Central Square NY

Today we cruised across the Oneida Lake, this is about 21 miles long and about 5 miles wide with an average depth of 22 feet.  Stay in the channel because their are rocks in some shallow spots you should be cautious about.  The shoreline is about 55 miles, the locals say the lake surface freezes solid during the winter and its a great spot for ice fishing and snowmobiling.  (sounds epic to me)

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The marina we stopped at is Winter Harbor Marina.  This is a top-notch facility, the owner lives on site and the whole place is very well taken care of.  Lots of flowers the employees take care of, cheap diesel at $2.21 and dockage is $.90 per foot per night.  This is a must stop spot, the store has any charts or parts you need.  They have two complementary cars, heated indoor winter storage and anything else you could think of.  

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Below is the Marina owner Tom’s classic 1973 53′ Hatteras, beautiful sport fish.  Battlewagon with classic lines, custom spiral staircase. 

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