|The start of the Chambly Locks|
But we woke with 35% of our batteries capacity (the LOWEST we can go is 20%). We immediately moved the boat across the channel where there were no weeds, around 5:30 am, and started the gennie. Which worked great -- all powered up.
|Highwind squeezes into the first lock|
|Hanging out, waiting to get locked down.|
You can see there's maybe 6 inches between us.
Highwind is 18 feet wide. The locks are 23 feet wide, and 120 feet long. Some of the bridges seemed narrower still. We followed Highwind all day, which was encouraging -- if they made it we would! Even so, when it was our turn we slowed down, because man, that's skinny!
|If you zoom it you can see the next 3 locks|
ahead of us. We're cascading to Lake Chambly
Let me tell you, these boats are barely steerable with 1 engine. In a skinny, twisty channel, this was more excitement than we wanted. We got to the first raised bridge. swishing like a caught fish on a line, squeaked through.
Russ guessed the seacock for the port engine got knocked closed while he messed with the generator. He suggested we try the engine (because neither of us felt comfortable without it in this situation). If it cooled quickly, that was the issue. If not, we'll keep it off and only turn it on to steer in when we need it. Thankfully, it turned over and we watched the temp plummet.
|After a bit of a stressing day we all went beer |
tasting. The brewery here had a mega-sampler
4 oz pours of 20 beers!
From Lock 11 to Lock 3 (Chambly) they cascade down in our direction, one right after the other. You can see the locks ahead of you. We're basically climbing down a hill by boat. Each lock had several people working it, all ready to hand you lines and get you settled, and all of them knew who we were and where we were going. With the exception of being held for traffic shuffling, it went very smoothly.
We arrived in Chambly in time for much needed naps!
|A popular stop, there are a bunch of boats rafted here,|