We generally keep Dirona ready to go to sea at a moment’s notice, and securing the cockpit furniture is typically all we need to do as we get underway. For multi-day passages, we do some additional preparation ranging from provisioning, to heavy weather preparation, to paperwork necessary to bring Spitfire into a new country. Highlights…
Waterford Canal Welcome Center
“If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world the best you have.” —Neale Donald Walsch
Another beautiful day in Waterford, although a little warm…in fact it was warmer here than at home in Texas! At least these temperatures won’t last long. We spent the day visiting with people on the dock and riding our bikes. It felt nice to get some exercise after our long days on the boat last week.
Today we took the Black Bridge Trail across to Peeble Island and over to Green Island. From there we crossed the Hudson River and had lunch in Troy. We’ll head back this way on Saturday to visit the Troy’s Farmers Market. Our ride today was about nine miles along the river on a peaceful easy trail.
The waterfront in Waterford is a popular place for locals to walk, so we’ve met a lot of nice people and there is always something entertaining going on. One lady we visited with yesterday told us her husband had family in Port Lavaca (our home town), today they came by for a visit and Stan realized he use to ride the bus to school with several of his cousins. It’s a small world and we truly enjoy meeting new people.
Another view of our wonderful home this week. You can just see part of the first lock on the left of the picture.
An old railroad trestle that is now part of the bike trail
Troy, NY the home of Uncle Sam
Some of the wild life we saw today…can you find the second deer?
Another one of the many bridges we crossed on our bike ride
The Pokingbrook Morris Dancers. A group of dancer from Albany that practice in different places each week. The group is dedicated to keeping the living dance traditions of England alive. They were very fun to watch.
The quote to repair Envoy was received Tuesday and it will take several days to get insurer’s approval for work to start. The contractor says he’ll have six guys working full time on Envoy and it will be completed within five weeks. So our best guess for completion is end June.
For cruisers the first major change occurred with regulations limiting the time yachts can spend cruising some popular areas along the famed Turquoise Coast and requiring the purchase of a “Blue Card” (an electronic card) to record the discharge of sewage from holding tanks into shore-based or mobile pump-out stations. This card costs 280 Lira (about NZ$115) and although it appears this regulation is not being rigidly or uniformly enforced it’s causing consternation due to both its added cost and the limited number of pump-out facilities available making strict compliance next to impossible. The CoastGuard does board vessels to inspect their documentation and there have been cases of cruisers being fined 1,000 Lira (about NZ$420) because their card hadn’t been used within the last two weeks even when in some cases the local facilities weren’t operational. Other reports say cruisers have to account for grey water waste as well as sewage. Not many cruisers have grey water holding tanks so the whole situation is uncertain and worrying.
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Waterford Canal Welcome Center
“Traveling is like a drug, forming an addiction that controls your entire being.” —Kiana Azizian
The weather has finally warmed up and the welcome center was alive with activity…boaters washing their boats, school children on a field trip, workings finishing projects before the canal officially opens and locals out for walks enjoying the beautiful day. Stan and I decided to take a bike ride along the old Champlain Canal to visit Waterford’s Museum and then over to Cohoes to see the falls and where the original Erie Canal was located.
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Wow! It has been a busy couple of weeks. Idyll Time is now slowly sailing her way to Victoria, BC. After leaving West Palm, she transited the Panama Canal without incident and headed to Golfito, Costa Rica for a two day stop. Here Sevenstar offloaded several boats and loaded several more onto the Clipper Nassau. […]
We haven’t had steering issues in the past. Given they can happen anywhere, why the heck would it occur within hours of dead-center on our 2,800 nm trip through the North Atlantic? We have covered a lot of miles over the years and generally have seen pretty good conditions. The weather we’ve encountered has been…
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We have a slip rented in Ithaca, NY on Cayuga Lake for the summer. The map above show the Erie Canal, the Finger Lakes and Ithaca. The only way to get to Ithaca is through the Erie Canal. While we wait for the season opening of the canal we’ll enjoy Waterford. Here’s a little history of the Erie Canal.
Construction of the Erie Canal began on July 4, 1817, in Rome, New York and was completed on October 25, 1825. This year begins the bicentennial celebration that will last eight years. The original Canal was four feet deep and 40 feet wide, it cut through fields, forests, rocky cliffs, and swamps; crossed rivers on aqueducts; and overcame hills with 83 lift locks. The project engineers and contractors had little experience building canals, so this engineering marvel served as the nation’s first practical school of civil engineering.
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I bolted awoke at 1:15am to a shrieking alarm. We were 50 miles south of the Grand Banks, in large seas, on passage from Newport, RI to Kinsale, Ireland. I ran upstairs to the pilot house and Jennifer at the helm just said “high bilge water.” Yuck. Better than fire but far from good news….