Between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario lies the Welland Canal. With eight locks that bypass the 326-foot Niagara Escarpment across a distance of 24 nautical miles, the canal has an elevation change of 241 feet, greater than that of the Panama Canal.
This article gives a nice overview of the canal, with information on the lock procedures and challenges.
A free publication from The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation has all the details.
She can go from 13 knots forward to 13 knots in reverse in 15 seconds.
Impressive boat. Don’t think it’s really the most powerful, but definitely big and modern. Also of interest to me is that Savannah isn’t that far from my place here, and you don’t hear about it being a major port that often (even though it is).
Well, after a couple of days our of town, a great weather day here in Atlanta. Nice and warm, sunny, can’t get much better.
We were slated to go down to my folks (where the trailer is hanging out) so I figured to get a bit of welding done on that, with the goal of getting it roadworthy and coming to put the boat on it soon.
If nothing else, I would like to be able to move the boat around the back yard a little 🙂
Started out picking up an “auto-darkening” welding helmet that Northern Tool and Equipment had fairly cheap. This isn’t industrial quality, but my dad and I don’t weld much, and it would be handy and he’s been wanting one. Figured it would probably help me in my novice welding to not have to deal with flipping down the shield, etc. on the “old kind”.
Well, best laid plans, when we got down there, they had a pretty bad leak from a burst pipe (flooded much of their formal living room). They had most of the water cleaned up, but needed a hand with getting under the house to fix the pipe, etc. We got that taken care of, but ran out of daylight.
No biggie… had a pretty day and got to visit with the folks and ate some good BBQ :-). We did play with the helmet for a minute in the house. For whatever odd reason, certain lights would “trip it” and make it go dark… and the plasma TV was consistent at doing it. Odd.
A recent post on Duckworks Magazine’s mailing lists points to a new underlayment material named IntegraPlyâ„¢ (scroll down a ways). Exterior glue, hardwood, minimal voids, and the poster says that he saw it for around $15.00 being sold for underlayment. Might be just the thing for your small craft build.
Some of the other products on that page look interesting too… birch faced ply, etc. You might remember that I used MDO for my hull and cabin side build (and have so far been very pleased), so alternatives to traditional marine ply are something I keep my eye on.