Montreal to Brockville on the return

My friend Fred came to join me in Montreal to help me with the locks on the return. We did two locks and stayed the night at the Royal St. Lawrence. This is such a great place. A lot of character in these old buildings and location. This club has been here since 1888. Just a little younger than Quebec city. Here I was able to climb their mast ladder and check the top of my mast and repair my top light.

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Entering lock 1

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This is one of the new suction units that the Seaway has installed looking from the lower level up. What this unit does it when a freighter comes in it lowers and attaches to the side of the steel hull of the boat and holds it in place once the boat has stopped. This saves the lock workers of having to receive the lines from the boats and saves them both time. This unit will raise and lower with the boat enabling quicker movement through the locks.

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Lock suction unit

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Rafting up to other boats

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Fred at the bow between locks

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Up the mast ladder at the Royal St. Lawrence

 After Montreal we headed to Valleyfield. We left Valleyfield and wanted to go to Cornwall to do three more locks. The wind was north and great for us. Blowing in our direction for a change. As we headed out the seas started to build and at the same time we ran into a lot of floating weeds. Luck would have it that we ran into these weeds and they got wrapped around the propeller. That changed our plans and we ended up going into Craig Quay Marina and spent the day there. I swam under the boat and with a knife cut the weeds away. After a rainy day we left the following day to do the remaining locks and ended up in Crysler marina in Morrisburg.

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 The water was quite murky so not a real good picture. This prevented us from going anywhere so coming into the harbour I called the coast guard to help us into our slip since I was not able to manouver.

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 Next stop was Brockville again.

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 Thursday night races at the Yacht Club with the shark fleet just starting the line.

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At Brockville the moorings are bow in and are called Mediteranian  Moorings. There are two posts at the back of the slip and as you pull in you slip lines around these posts and these will hold you as you go forward to the wall. Getting out is another challenge. What is done here is the slipholders have installed lines from the wall to the posts. These lines have a purpose. The prevailing winds want to push you to the port side of the slip. As you back out you have a line that is on a pulley that holds the bow.

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If you look close you will see the short line over to the “front to back” line with a pulley. I’m not sure what the fenders are doing there. I’ve put it on the cleat and will release the dock line and tend the port side and back of the boat. As I back out this pulley comes with me and I will walk to the front of the boat and release it as the bow clears the post on the way out of the slip. This keeps the bow from swinging over to the port side into the other boat on that side.

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