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sailing and diving around the world
Hi all. We're now in Waterford, NY, just a stone's throw away from the southern gates of Lock 2. Actually, Lock 2 is the last of a series of 5 locks, known as the 'flight of locks,' in the Erie Canal System. The sequence of locks, 6 to 2, is the largest lift (170 feet) in the shortest distance (1.5 miles), of any system in the world. At this time of the year, there isn't much going on here in Waterford. The Visitor's Centre 'dock' is just to your port side as you exit lock 2. The part of the Mohawk River you'll be on is between the Visitor's Centre and Peebles Island State Park. You can walk across a bridge to get to the park. All of the amenities are within walking distance. Hannaford's, the local grocery store allows you to take their shopping carts back to the docks and they come to pick them up once a week. Free water, power, showers, etc. There are a few restaurants around that offer really cheap meals, and I mean cheap! $2 for eggs, done any way, with toast and coffee. You're really only supposed to stay for a couple of days, but no one bothers you if you stay a little longer. The volunteer staff at the Visitors Centre know you're there, but they don't really try to 'enforce the rules.' However, don't be surprised if another boater comes along and politely asks you when you plan on leaving. When this happens, it is definitely time to move on.
The much anticipated day arrived, and After Six was splashed yesterday. Lots of excitement on this slightly chilly day. This has to be the sweetest boat I've ever seen. Dan, the new owner of the vessel, and Mike, Dan's good friend, managed to get most of the gear stowed so the boat is just about squared away. Alex, the previous owner, very kindly spent a good part of the day with us, helping with the splash. He got After Six's twin 80hp engines fired up and then went over the systems with us again. Then he took the helm and piloted us around the harbor for a bit, explaining a little more about the controls and engines. Alex calls her 'the gentle giant,' and I can see why. Mike got into the action and even though he's fairly new to this kind of boating, he looked like he'd been doing this all his life. This is a great bunch of guys, and I'm sure I'll have lots of whacky stories to tell soon. Dan and Mike are true 'southern gentlemen' and happen to hail from one of my favorite states, Texas. I'll leave things here for now, and I'll give more info about the boat and how she handles in future posts. As it stands, we're expecting Glen and Sam on Friday, and Kim arrives on Tuesday. We're all itching to get heading to Oswego and departure day is closing in fast.