What a day. We started at 8:15 at the Schuyler Yacht Basin and just tied up here about 5:30 at Westport Marina (Westport NY) on the lower end of Lake Champlain. Beautiful. But getting here, well.
The trip today was about 80 nm. No problem. But after more than four hours we had gone exactly 18 miles. Not good. Today we went through seven locks on the Champlain Canal. Some went quickly. Some killed an hour, particularly when we had to wait for a tug and barge to go first. The good news is that we have our lock technique down pat. The bad news is that I will have to head for the laundry here early tomorrow. Peter's tip for the day: do not lean your shirt or pants against a lock wall; they are filthy. Live and learn.
We also had a boat problem in the afternoon in the rain when the driver's side windshield wiper conked out. The motor got very hot and the circuit breaker did not trip. So my colleague George Sass Sr cut the wires. So with Sass peering out the passenger side windshield and me trying to pick up markers through the rain we had a lot of fun. All I've got to say is thank god for our Garmin split screen chartplotter and radar!
All told, very happy to be on Lake Champlain.
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