FYI: April 2001

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FYI — April 2001
By Brad Dunn

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The Erie Canal is about to get a $50 million facelift, one that will transform it from the remnants of a commercial waterway to a state-of-the-art venue for pleasureboats.

Continuing his efforts to revitalize New York’s major waterway systems, Gov. George Pataki announced in February that he’d set aside $50 million to clean up state canals over the next five years. The Canal Corp., a state-backed company based in Albany, will use the funds to expand canal access, improve waterfronts, and preserve historical sites. “Boaters will have more to do and more to see,” says Terry O’Brian, Canal Corp. spokesman. “They’ll have more places to dock, and they’ll be a lot more comfortable.” The funds will also boost general recreational boating activities and improve canal infrastructures across upstate New York, including the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga/Seneca canals.

In addition to improving recreational boating areas and resources for New Yorkers, the project will greatly enhance the Empire State’s portion of America’s Great Loop, a popular jaunt for long-term passagemakers.

“New York’s canal system offers countless opportunities for family fun,” Pataki told the Associated Press. “These strategic new investments in our canal harbors and ports will expand economic development from Albany to Buffalo.”

The program will be financed with $25 million from the federal Department of Transportation Enhancement Program (disbursed through the New York State Department of Transportation) and $25 million in Canal Corp. capital funds.

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ON SHELVES: Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Boating may be getting more sophisticated by the day, thanks to high-tech helm and engine equipment, but a new book by Maurico Obregon explores the sophistication of boating described in ancient Greek legends. Beyond the Edge of the Sea tracks the journeys of Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, and other old-time maritime epics and delivers a spectacular glimpse into the cruising world of 5,000 years ago. By following geographical clues from the classical texts, Obregon maps out the likely routes of these adventures, whether it’s Ulysses’ clockwise tour of the Mediterranean or Jason’s voyage through the Black Sea, then beautifully describes the real-life wonders that travelers of the time must have enjoyed. The 176-page work is packed with excellent drawings and photos that help give life to a bygone era. $21.95, hardcover. Random House.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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