Donnelly Great Loop Adventure 2017

SV Serenity


June 2017

Oh Canada!!!

Start: Oswego wall, Oswego NY, 0535
End: Waupoos Marina, Ontario, Canada,, 1325
Total Distance: 41.0 miles
Time: 7:30
Average Speed: 5.2 kts

Never been known to really think through all the details when I have embarked on a project or adventure. Always figured that the details would work themselves out. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), Jan is the same way. And AJ can’t spell details. So our Great Loop experience, to date, has been a ping-pong game from experience to experience, some good, some learning. And some of the stressful ones didn’t need to be quite as stressful.

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Good bye Erie Canal, hello Oswego Canal!

Start: Ess-Kay Boat Yard, Brewerton, NY. Depart: 1106
End: Bridgehouse Dock Phoenix, AZ. Arrive 1324
Total Distance: 10.4 miles
Time: 2:17 hours
Average Speed: 4.6 kts.

It is official. We are off the Erie Canal and onto the Oswego canal on our way to Lake Ontario. Continue reading “Good bye Erie Canal, hello Oswego Canal!”

6/7/17: Month 1 Recap

Start: 5/7/17: Herrington Harbor North, Tracy’s Landing, MD
End: 6/7/17 Ess-Kay Boat Yard, Brewerton, NY.
Number of States: 4 (MD, DE, NJ, NY)
Total Distance: 574.6 Miles. 30 days by boat. One good day on a motorcycle or in a car.
Time: 117.5 hours over 18 moving days (13 days stationary)
Average Speed: 4.85 mph
Average Miles/Day on the loop: 19 miles/day
Longest miles in a day: 68 miles, Cape May, NJ to Bernegat Bay NJ.
Longest duration in day: 11:10. Cape May, NJ to Bernegat Bay NJ. Close second was Delaware bay run at 10 hours and 59 minutes of hell.
Shortest trip: 6.2 miles. Schenectady NY Yacht Club to Lock 8.
Number of Locks: 22 (one on Hudson River, 21 on Erie Canal).
Number of Locks that that have a mark on their walls from our anchor: 4
Number of new racing stripes on boat due to locks and/or docks: 2
Number of poles lost over the side of the boat: 2 (both recovered).
Number of times ran aground: 1. And it doesn’t count since we drove off!!!
Number of times someone fell off the boat: 1. Jim. In a lock onto the wall. “Swift move grace.”
Number of times Jim’s pride was stripped from him, thrown on the ground and stomped on: At least once a day. This is a humbling experience!!
Number of times Lucky jumped off the boat and went tearing after something on shore: 3. Two after squirrels while at marinas and one at a lock when he wanted to check out what was going on.
Number of animals on the boat at the end of the first month: 2. Sid is still with us.
Underwear that had to be thrown out due to racing stripes after stressful situations: 4 (mostly in the canals in Erie).
Days of Sun: 3. Maybe a couple more, but not many of late.
Number of gallons of gas: 105.5
Number of gallons of diesel: 3
Fuel usage: 1/gal per hour for both engines. Or ~5mpg.
Number of oil changes: 1.
Number of pump outs: 5. Ick.
Number of meltdowns: 3. Jan and AJ had some too.
Number of times we wondered what the H-E-double hockey sticks were were doing/thinking: 5-15 depending on the person.
Number of Gigs of data we used on Verizon data plan in May: 62. Getting the most out of unlimited! And doesn’t count AT&T data plan. Or wifi. Not sure what AJ is surfing in his cabin while we are underway…
Number of car rentals: 1 (Cape May, NJ)

6/7/17: Lake Oneida, NY and a pause for the cause (due to mother nature)

Start: Sylvan Beach, NY. Depart: 0630
End: Ess-Kay Boat Yard, bremerton, NY. Arrive 1030.
Total Distance: 18.7 miles
Time: 4 hours
Average Speed: 4.5 mph.

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6/6/17: Rain, rain, let it rain

Start: Little Falls, NY, 0623
Finish: Sylvan Beach, NY, 1551
Total Distance: 43.0 NM
Time: 9:28
Average Speed: 4.5 Knots
Number of Locks: Four (E18, 19, 20, 21). Two locks up and our first two locks down!

Tool of the day: The knife!

Please let this rain stop!! Continue reading “6/6/17: Rain, rain, let it rain”

Weekly Report from the Eastern Erie Canal (6/5/17)

Dateline 6/5/17. Little Falls, NY.

When last we left you, we were sipping drinks with ice from a hailstorm and putting salve on our words from our first day of lockage on the Erie canal. It was a very stressful day. So the next day (Thursday) we went a whopping 10kilometers and through one lock and stopped and enjoyed the little park. Friday was five locks, 32 miles and a stop in some unpronounceable town. Then Saturday we went 17 miles, through four locks including the largest on the Erie canal and finished in Little Falls, NY. Which is where we have been sitting ever since. Our recap from the past couple of days broken down into topics that you can read or skip over as fits your interest! Continue reading “Weekly Report from the Eastern Erie Canal (6/5/17)”

We were “That Guy!”

Start:  Waterford visitor center free dock.   Watertford, NY.  Leave 0845.
Finish:  Schenectady Yacht Club, NY.  Arrive 1428
Total Distance:  14.6 NM
Time:  5:46
6 locks in one day.
Hailstorm on the boat.
Hailstorm drinks after hailstorm on the boat!!
Quotes of the day:
“I’m too old for this.”  Jan.  After lock #7 and before we failed to stick the landing at the yacht club.
“Yes.  And did you happen to pick up my pride?”  Jim.  To Canadian monohull in lock 2 who managed to pick up our boat hook out of the lock water and asked if it was ours.
“I’m shell shocked.”  Jan.  At 5:23pm after locks, hailstorm, loss of power and a stressful day.

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