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Old 09-16-2019, 11:11 AM   #41
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What a beautiful morning! I think Iíll take my coffee out to the aft deck and enjoy my new chairs in the peaceful serenity of nature!

https://youtu.be/Gvg5DvyvUsM
Your narration on that cracked me up!

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Old 09-16-2019, 04:24 PM   #42
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Tell your mom she's hot and your father that he's a lucky handsome man and that you love 'em. What a great time together. Wish my parents were still around to enjoy boating some more with me.
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:45 PM   #43
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what a beautiful morning! I think iíll take my coffee out to the aft deck and enjoy my new chairs in the peaceful serenity of nature!

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Tell your mom she's hot and your father that he's a lucky handsome man and that you love 'em. What a great time together. Wish my parents were still around to enjoy boating some more with me.
Same! So lucky to be together, especially on her maiden voyage!
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Well ladies and germs, it's officially official. I'm the proud new owner of Sylphide. The sale process was a long drawn out emotional roller coaster. At a couple of points I was pretty overwhelmed, and starting to second guess myself. Now that the dust has settled, though, I'm sooooo glad I went to the trouble.

It's only been a few days aboard now, so I'm still in the honeymoon phase I'm sure. So far though, I'm really loving living aboard this boat. It's tiny compared to my house, but there has been more than enough room for my folks and I to live aboard quite comfortably for the last six days. Nobody's stepping on anyone's toes, and the only thing that I haven't been able to find a good place for so far is the swiffer.

So far the only thing I can find that doesn't work is the hot water in the shower. There's hot water everywhere else, but not there. I know it's plumbed for it, so I'm thinking there's an issue with the tap or mixing valve. No worries, so far It's been easy to find a good clean shower, so I don't stink yet.

So far this trip, we've made it across Lake Ontario from Toronto, transited the Welland Canal, and are now in Tonawanda, getting ready to transit the Erie Canal. I'm really excited for this part of the trip. I've never seen this part of the canal before. I wish I had more time to shilly shally, but the goal is to get to Coeymans Landing in the next ten or so days. Should be plenty of time, but I want to stay a little ahead of 'schedule.' I'm happy to leave myself some undiscovered country for the next trip anyway.

One thing I've noticed about living on this boat, is that it attracts a lot of attention. I've had no shortage of people coming up to talk to me, which for the most part has been very pleasant. This must be what it's like to own a Lamborghini.

We'll be getting off to a bit of a late start this morning, which has been nice after all the hustle and bustle. I'll be throwing some fuel into the belly of the beast this morning, and it's eastward we go.

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Looks like a sweet ride. Congrats!
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WOW!!! What a beaut!

Couldn't be happier for you!
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:14 PM   #47
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Oh, and be sure to get rid of that awful anchor, whatever it is and change whatever I suggest. Dink too, and the motor it rode in on.
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:21 PM   #48
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Dave, when you get a chance, can you link to the ad that describes Sylphide? She looks similar in some ways to Seabiscuit. Enjoy (and I commented on that YT clip you posted, too).

Best wishes (from the public dock today).
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Dave, when you get a chance, can you link to the ad that describes Sylphide? She looks similar in some ways to Seabiscuit. Enjoy (and I commented on that YT clip you posted, too).

Best wishes (from the public dock today).

The ad has been taken down. I saved a copy of it but AT&T decided Iíve had enough internet for the month, so my laptop is just a big screen calculator at the moment. Once AT&T mines some more precious internet from the mines of Moria, Iíll post the ad

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I'm glad to see they're dredging that! When I was there at the beginning of August, I was showing 4.8 ft against the wall in what appears to be the same spot you're in. Depth steadily dropped on the approach and I definitely stirred up some mud with my prop wash.

Yeah, thatís what I heard. Well the parts theyíve done are back up to 10 feet or so alongside. Theyíre on schedule to be done with the rest of it in about three weeks ago.

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Same! So lucky to be together, especially on her maiden voyage!

Very lucky!

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Couldn't be happier for you!

Thanks Al! Iím pretty tickled with her

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Tell your mom she's hot and your father that he's a lucky handsome man and that you love 'em. What a great time together. Wish my parents were still around to enjoy boating some more with me.

There was plenty of love shared, I promise. I may have skipped the part about telling my parents how sexy they are though.

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Looks like a sweet ride. Congrats!

Thank you!

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Oh, and be sure to get rid of that awful anchor, whatever it is and change whatever I suggest. Dink too, and the motor it rode in on.

Those things are all on my replacement list actually. I do want to upgrade from the CQR for sure. Iíd also like to get a RIB for a Dink. Not sure if the olí Johnson even runs actually. Havenít had a chance to try it yet. Itís only a 3 horse anyway.
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Thanks Dave; I look forward to that. Cheers!
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Sylphide is proper. Well done young man.
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Dave, I know ribs are recommended everywhere but in my experience, they are not good to row. I like that option. I have a small tinny (a very old, leaky, Savage "Tern") that is much better to row than my Zodiac. When taking it with me behind Seabiscuit, I half-lift the marlin board, and pull the bow up onto it—that way it can't flip and it's completely stable. o difference in Sb's speed towing the dingy. I also have a 2.5hp Suzuki 4-stroke for when the wind is stronger than my rowing! It won't plane, but it's plenty fast enough for me.

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There are non rigid inflatables,like mine, which do not row well, and rigid inflatables(ribs) which look like they would row better. But a good Aussie "tinny" leaky, beat up, or pristine, would row better than either.
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BruceK: my experience completely, and I have a quite expensive Zodiac (with the insert floor, not the rigid bottom) to directly compare. I think being able to row a tender is essential, from a safety point of view.
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Another vote for a tin boat. Went to the boatyard yesterday and among other things will be converting the cradle for the new dinghy.

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I'm confused. I see all this talk about rowing and I didn't read where he said anything about intending to row it.
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Dave, I know ribs are recommended everywhere but in my experience, they are not good to row. I like that option. I have a small tinny (a very old, leaky, Savage "Tern") that is much better to row than my Zodiac. When taking it with me behind Seabiscuit, I half-lift the marlin board, and pull the bow up onto itóthat way it can't flip and it's completely stable. o difference in Sb's speed towing the dingy. I also have a 2.5hp Suzuki 4-stroke for when the wind is stronger than my rowing! It won't plane, but it's plenty fast enough for me.

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I'm confused. I see all this talk about rowing and I didn't read where he said anything about intending to row it.

Yeah, Iíd ultimately like to get something thatíll plane with my big ass in it. So far, Iíve been getting so much more exercise than I was, and rowing just doesnít sound like fun at the moment.

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Well, after a marathon of ELEVEN locks today, Sylphide, Dad and I arrived in Waterford. Thatís a record number of locks for me, and one Iím not keen to break any time soon. Weíve officially done the length of the Erie Canal.

For some reason the stove didnít work today. At least not until we decided weíll be going out to dinner, then it lit on the first try. Beats me! I fixed my wonky horn, which was nice, but have been plagued by a nuisance alarm on my dash volt meter. It keeps showing my engine battery dropping to 11.9-11.8 at random intervals, when I donít believe it is. The other meters I have are showing well over 12. I think Iíve got a bad gauge or sender. More investigation required.

On a more pleasant note, I was greeted by a very friendly member of the TF community on arrival here. My first encounter with one of yíall in the wild. Alas, Iíve committed the cardinal sin of not having any beers aboard to share! We had a pleasant chat despite the lack of social lubricant.

Now time for some dinner that I donít have to cook.
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