August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015  Day 47  New York Summer 2015
Free City Dock
Sylvan Beach, NY

We departed Phoenix at eight this morning and had a very good cruise today. We left the Oswego Canal and entered the Erie Canal and are now heading east! We only had to transit one lock and it was an easy one. 

We stopped at Winter Harbor Marina in Brewerton to empty our holding tank. Then we crossed Lake Oneida which is about 22 miles across. It was calm when we crossed, but we heard afterward there were six foot waves on it yesterday (the wind is one reason we stayed put)!

We arrived at Sylvan Beach about 1:00 and found a spot on the free city wall.  There are many boats here. Sylvan Beach holds its annual Canal Fest this weekend which includes a boat parade, craft show, entertainment, and more.  Being in Sylvan Beach is like a step back to the 50’s with its amusement park (bumper cars, Tilt a Whirl, small roller coaster, arcades), a nice beach area, cottages to rent, a town square, ice cream and pizza places, and a weekly antique car show.

We were grateful to a local boater for catching our lines. We chatted with him later and he came on board to visit for a while.  We also took a walk around this cute little town this afternoon!

We plan to stay here another night and see some of the activities.  Bill also has maintenance to do tomorrow. Our generator stopped working today and after ruling out certain problems he suspects that the impeller needs replacing. Fortunately we have one!

The scenic Erie Canal

Remember this??

The beach at Sylvan Beach