This week the crew of SV Catsaway starts their journey down the Oswego and Erie Canals.
Our first locks were nerve wracking! That being said, it was actually quite straightforward. You can call the lock masters on Channel 13. They will let you know if the lock is ready (or if they need to get it ready). When the ‘traffic light’ by the lock turns green and the doors open, then you know you can go in! Approach slowly, and line up the boat so you can grab a rope, ladder, or rod. Make sure you have good (rubber) gloves for the canals - those walls are lined with crazy amounts of stuff!
If you are travelling in an upwards filling lock, go to the further point of the lock so that there’s less pressure on the boat. For the downwards locks, watch out for currents as you leave the lock - your boat will want to turn of it’s own accord.
Our stops along the Oswego and Erie Canal were:
The weather was great and the kitties enjoyed our time on the canals. The water was flat and calm, and so they liked walking around and looking at the scenery go by when we were underway.
Join us next week as finish the Erie Canal and continue to the Hudson River.
“Morning Sun” by Nicolai Heidlas
“Erie Canal” by Męski Chór Szantowy "Zawisza Czarny" https://youtu.be/Vzgtn7uzo4w