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Old 09-10-2019, 08:45 AM   #1
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The Adventures of Sylphide

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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Old 09-10-2019, 08:47 AM   #2
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Looks great, congrats on your new ride!
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Dude, so happy for you!

What tha heck is shilly shally?
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Congratulations and enjoy the trip! I did the eastern half of the Erie Canal and the Oswego Canal this summer when I brought the boat up from Long Island Sound to Lake Ontario and it's a very pleasant cruise. I'm thinking of doing the western half of the Erie next summer as I've never done it. Just have to decide whether to do it as an out and back (through Oswego) or to come back through the Welland Canal.

I didn't stop at Coeymans Landing on my way up the Hudson, but it looked like a nice place. Just gotta watch out for that mostly submerged breakwater in front of it
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What tha heck is shilly shally?
Wifey B: Similar to dilly dally.

So happy for you Wayfarer. You did it all the right way and found your perfect boat and now here you are.
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Congratulations Dave. Iím excited for you. Sure looks like everyone is enjoying themselves.
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So happy for you, Dave! You had a plan, did your research, and it all came together for you. It has been fun watching you go through the process. Seems like all closings get a little overwhelming near the end. You'll get the hot water in the shower all figured out. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Are you going to be based at Coeymans?
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You seem to be upside down with joy.

Congrats and may the voyage be drama free!!
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Congratulations on a beautiful boat.....I especially like the Howitzer mounted on the pilothouse roof!
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Cool boat! Congrats. Have you tried removing the shower head and then checking for hot water?
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Dave, a very nice boat, indeed. Good eye!

I think the howitzer on the roof could come in handy. Iíve seen times when I could have used one several times a day.
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Congrats. It is great when a plan comes together. Even without a HIN...
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Congrats, sweet looking boat.
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Congratulations!! She's a real looker!
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Looks great, congrats on your new ride!
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Dude, so happy for you!

What tha heck is shilly shally?
Thankee sir! BandB got it, it's a Britishism for dawdling. Best read with your most offensively cartoonish and over the top posh British accent.

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Congratulations and enjoy the trip! I did the eastern half of the Erie Canal and the Oswego Canal this summer when I brought the boat up from Long Island Sound to Lake Ontario and it's a very pleasant cruise. I'm thinking of doing the western half of the Erie next summer as I've never done it. Just have to decide whether to do it as an out and back (through Oswego) or to come back through the Welland Canal.

I didn't stop at Coeymans Landing on my way up the Hudson, but it looked like a nice place. Just gotta watch out for that mostly submerged breakwater in front of it
Yeah that breakwater looks like a real trap to anyone who hasn't seen a chart.
The Welland is a bit of a chore. In case you haven't done it before, it's an all day event. Ours went pretty smoothly, and it still took damn near 12 hours without any delays. From what I'm told, long delays are common. Also, once you start the transit, you're not allowed to stop. I'm glad to have done it once, but it's not something I'd do again on it's own.

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Wifey B: Similar to dilly dally.

So happy for you Wayfarer. You did it all the right way and found your perfect boat and now here you are.
Thank you! She sure does fit the bill nicely. I got lucky!

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Congratulations Dave. Iím excited for you. Sure looks like everyone is enjoying themselves.
We're having a blast. My folks and I grew up boating, and they've been such excellent shipmates. We're loving it.

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So happy for you, Dave! You had a plan, did your research, and it all came together for you. It has been fun watching you go through the process. Seems like all closings get a little overwhelming near the end. You'll get the hot water in the shower all figured out. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Are you going to be based at Coeymans?
Just for a month or so, while I head back to the big boat. I think I'm going to have her hauled while I'm away. I need to change the zincs out for some aluminum jobs, anyway. After I get back to her in November, it's on to the next leg south. I'm hoping to get down to the Chesapeake before my December work hitch.

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You seem to be upside down with joy.

Congrats and may the voyage be drama free!!
Thank you! In all my years of posting here, I think this is my first upside down incident. I feel like part of the club now!

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Congratulations on a beautiful boat.....I especially like the Howitzer mounted on the pilothouse roof!
Hahahaha, I wish I could say I'd seen that on my own, but I didn't.

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Cool boat! Congrats. Have you tried removing the shower head and then checking for hot water?
I haven't had the chance to tinker with any of it yet, but I'll add that to my troubleshooting routine. I figure it's probably a kinked hose, or some issue with the tap/mixing valve. I don't really like the one that's there, so I'll probably take the opportunity to change it out if I can.

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Dave, a very nice boat, indeed. Good eye!

I think the howitzer on the roof could come in handy. Iíve seen times when I could have used one several times a day.
Thanks Don! That sure would come in handy, wouldn't it?

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Congrats. It is great when a plan comes together. Even without a HIN...
When I do finally get that HIN, I think I might mount it in 45" vinyl letters down each side of the hull. Just so everyone can see it, lol. HERE! HERE'S YOUR DAMN NUMBER!

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Looks great!
Glad it all worked out.
You do need to get a TF burgee on your to do list but shower might be ahead of that.
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The boat looks great. She’ll be turning heads everywhere. When you make it this far South you gotta stop by. Congratulations
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Looks great!
Glad it all worked out.
You do need to get a TF burgee on your to do list but shower might be ahead of that.
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Actually I think the flag setup will come first. I still havenít struck the Canadian colors yet! When I tried to take the fiberglass staff down to change out the flags, it was so splintered that I decided Iíd rather just replace it with a teak one, and stuck it back in for now.

Iím pretty sure people have been nicer to me with the Canadian flag up, anyway, lol.

So Iíve got a nice new pole, a bigger flag, and some halyard line for the burgee at home in my mailbox waiting for me. There will be pictures!
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