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New York State’s 524-Mile Canal System Reopens for Navigation; Tolls Waived for Second Year

May 15, 2018
Erie Canal

Explore the Erie Canal on a Mid-Navigation Lakes Lockmaster canalboat. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Navigation has reopened for the 2018 season along the 524-mile New York State Canal System, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The eastern Erie Canal, stretching from Brewerton to Waterford, opens today. The remainder of the system, including the Erie Canal, from Brewerton to Lockport, and the Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals, opens on May 18.

For the second straight year, the Canal Corporation has waived tolls for recreational vessels to encourage more boaters to visit. The canals will remain open to recreational boaters through Oct. 10.

“New York’s canal system helped build the Empire State and it remains a key economic and tourism driver,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to come and experience this great New York resource for themselves.”

This is the 194th year vessels have traversed the Erie Canal. The first boats of the year began their journey on the system following a ceremony this morning in Waterford, the Erie Canal’s eastern terminus.

“The Erie Canal is an integral part of New York history and has always been one of my favorite summertime destinations,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “For many years the Canal System was an essential part of our transportation economy and today is a significant driver of tourism across upstate, supporting jobs and small businesses. I look forward to another great season on the canal.”

New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, “This is always a special time of year because we once again get to show off our great New York State canals, which have become an increasingly important economic engine as more tourism and recreational assets become available.”

A study commissioned by the Canal Corporation found there is nearly $400 million annually of direct tourism and recreational spending tied to the canals and Erie Canalway Trail. The Canal System also has an estimated $6.3 billion economic impact from non-tourism spending tied to hydropower, irrigation, providing water to golf courses and factory operations as well as commercial traffic.

The state Canal System, formerly known as the Barge Canal, was first championed at the end of the 19th century by then-Governor Theodore Roosevelt, who wanted to enlarge New York’s canals and make them more competitive with railroads to attract freight shipments. The Erie Canal had first opened in 1825, but it had lost traffic because it was deemed too narrow and shallow to accommodate large shipments.

Instead of relying exclusively on manmade channels, as the first two versions of the canals did, engineers “canalized” large lakes and rivers and installed locks, movable dams and guard gates to regulate water flow and enable safe navigation channels.

The Barge Canal was built starting in 1905 and officially opened in Waterford on May 15, 1918.

Compared to the Panama Canal, which was built in roughly the same time frame, the Barge Canal is 10 times longer, has nearly 10 times as many locks, and yet was built for one-third the cost using only state money.

Major events on the Canal System this year include a four-month journey by the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, to mark the 150th anniversary of when the Flint Glass Company moved its operations from Brooklyn to Corning and shipped its equipment on the Erie Canal. The GlassBarge, which will have a mobile glass-blowing theatre with 150 seats, will open to the public in Brooklyn on May 17 and make 28 public stops through September.

This is also the 20th year of the Cycle the Erie Ride run by Parks and Trails New York. The eight-day sojourn from Buffalo to Albany starts July 8. Last year, the event attracted more than 750 cyclists. (See: Cycle the Erie: 400 Miles & 400 Years of History Flow By on Canalway Bike Tour Across New York State)

Don’t have your own boat? You can rent a houseboat and travel along the canals wherever whimsy takes you, tying up and using the facilities that are all along the canals, having the delight of going through the locks and under the lift bridges.

Mid-Lakes Navigation, a family-owned company operating out of Skaneateles, New York, offers its specially designed lockmaster canalboats which are easy to maneuver, delightful to stay (galley, shower and toilet facilities), operating when the Erie Canal is open. They provide bikes (but you would do well to bring or rent your own) so you can spend the day riding on the Canalway and exploring the canaltowns. (Mid-Lakes Navigation, 11 Jordan St., PO Box 61, Skaneateles, NY 13152, 315-685-8500, toll-free: 800-545-4318, info@midlakesnav.com, https://midlakesnav.com/).

(See: Journey by boat and bike along the Erie Canal)

For a list of events on the canals, go to https://eriecanalway.org/explore/events. For more information on the Canal System, including hours when locks are open, go to www.canals.ny.gov.

 

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The Moorings Opens a New Yacht Charter Destination in Annapolis, Maryland

May 3, 2012

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The Moorings has just opened its newest yacht charter destination in Annapolis, Maryland for bareboat sailing, power and skippered charters on the Chesapeake Bay. The fleet includes a range of monohulls built by Beneteau and catamarans from Robertson & Caine.

Charming, historic and idyllic, boating in the Chesapeake Bay is the perfect way to discover the scenic shores of Maryland. A world-renowned boating destination, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, spanning approximately 200 miles long from the Susquehanna River in the North to the Atlantic Ocean in the South.

This area offers fantastic cruising conditions with consistent southwesterly winds averaging from 5-20 knots, as well as a balanced mix of sights ashore including the Bay’s more modernized, bustling east coast cities like Baltimore and the west coast’s quaint, old-fashioned fishing and crabbing towns with wonderful maritime heritage. Annapolis, as well as the Bay area, is widely recognized as “the place” for fresh seafood, and feasting on their world famous steamed crabs is a must-do after a stroll through the historic colonial streets of Downtown Annapolis.

“We a very excited to offer a new cruising grounds in North America,” said Cheryl Powell, Chief Operating Officer of The Moorings. “The Moorings Annapolis, our first location on the Eastern seaboard and the Chesapeake Bay, is literally the ‘backyard’ for so many of our customers. Here, guests can charter for as little as two days or as long as they’d like to enjoy a leisurely weekend getaway while still experiencing the same world-class customer service and meticulously maintained yachts that are the hallmark of a Moorings vacation.”

The Moorings’ fleet is a mix of monohulls and catamarans for sailing charters, as well as the newest power catamaran – The Moorings 393PC. Monohulls available for charter include the Moorings 40.3 (3-cabin/2-head) and Moorings 42CC (4-cabin/2-head), which features a center cockpit with offset helm position that opens up the cockpit space, allowing for improved sailability and an aft deck. The luxurious new Moorings 3900 sailing catamaran and Moorings 393 Powercat will also join the Annapolis fleet, both featuring 3-cabins and 2-heads, including a spacious master suite in the starboard hull, generator and air-conditioning.

Powell added, “The Annapolis Landing Marina was our first choice because of its excellent proximity to many itinerary highlights and because the property presented the most inviting venue for The Moorings customers with a wonderful host of yacht club-style amenities, including a pool, restaurant and picnic area.

Commenting on the new partnership, Ed Hartman President & Owner of Annapolis Landing Marina also noted, “We’ve worked diligently to provide an atmosphere and amenities that make Annapolis Landing Marina an warm, welcoming place for all guests, We are pleased to be working with a high quality operation, like The Moorings, and look forward to welcoming their customers to Annapolis Landing.”

Charters on the Chesapeake Bay begin May 15, 2012 from The Moorings new home at the Annapolis Landing Marina; conveniently located a short drive away from Downtown Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay waterway, as well as 45-minutes from the excellent domestic and international connections of Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

For more information about The Moorings Annapolis destination, or charter vacations, visit www.moorings.com or call 1-800-535-7289.