Friday, August 3, 2018

Champlain Canal Transit

Ride along with me as I travel the Great Loop by sailboat. A 6000 mile journey from VT.

August  3, 2018

Well, I finally was able to cast off from Mallets Bay, VT on July 26, 2018 aboard sailboat Katrina II. I headed south on Lake Champlain toward the Champlain Canal. First stop was at Chipman Point Marina in Orwell, VT to have the the mast taken down in order to transit the Champlain and Erie canals.

Chipman Point Marina is a great place to visit and the staff/boaters are wonderful. Leaving the marina after a two night stay, my next stop was Whitehall, NY Lock #12 where I tied up at the public dock facility for the night. Left the next day and transit the Locks until I reached Mechanicville, NY where I stayed tied up for two nights. Motoring along, I arrived at Lock 1 Marina in Waterford, NY on Thursday morning, August 2. The marina is next to Champlain Canal Lock 1 which is the last lock before heading south to the junction of the Mohawk River and the start of the Erie Canal. I traveled about 147 miles and burned 10 and one-half gallons of diesel fuel. I rented a car and returned home for the weekend to attend a wedding. Monday afternoon August 6, I will start across the Erie Canal to Lake Erie- a 338 mile trek.
All you ever wanted to know about the New York Canal System can be found here:
Information about the Great Loop can be found here:
Photos from the Champlain Canal leg:
Champlain Bridge at Crown Point, NY
Moon rising over Giards Bay near  Bridport, VT
Sunrise  over Giards Bay near  Bridport, VT
Leaving Champlain Canal Lock
Katrina tied up at Lock 1 Marina Waterford, NY

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