Point Bay Marina, Charlotte, VT to Ferry Dock Marina, Burlington, VT — June 17, 2014

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05-Looking-At-The-Vermont-Background-Look-At-The-Flat-Water

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06-Looking-West-As-We-Leave-Pointe-Blank-Marina

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10-East-Shore-of-Lake-Champlain-Flatest-Water-We-Have-Had-On-The-2-Loops

Not quite as cool this morning and there was no wind when we left.  We had a short run today to get to Burlington, VT.

The marina seemed to be asleep when we left with not a lot of activity going on.  A couple of runabouts were active but that was it.

The water was flat as you can see in the photos.  Early this morning there was some fog and most of it had burned off.  You can see the humidity in the air in several of the photos.  They are not forecasting any rain until possibly tomorrow.

There were some fishermen out this morning and they were trolling in the deep water off the east shore.  We did need to dodge a few of the trolling boats, but not many.

We arrived at the Ferry Dock Marina in Burlington before noon.  We topped off the fuel tanks to try and avoid having to buy fuel in Canada when we travel from the Chambly Canal to the 1000 Islands in New York. One of the report put a liter of Canadian diesel at about $1.60 which is around $6.00 per gallon in US equivalent.

After we were tied up Errante came into the marina for a couple of hours. We traveled with them yesterday from Whitehall to just short of Pointe Bay Marina. They are from Connecticut and are on the Loop. They asked us a few questions and we gave them our opinions. They are headed to another marina on the west shore to leave the boat for 9 days while they go home for birthdays and graduations. We probably will not see them again on their Loop. They are going to Ottawa and up the Trent-Severn to the Georgian Bay.  Our plans for the final leg home are still in the air on whether we go Lake Erie or the Trent-Severn.

Burlington is a very busy port with car ferries and passenger ferries.  The marina we stayed at does not have finger docks and use a modified Med Style tie-off. They put us out on a dock in front of their restaurant, Breakwaters, where they do have finger docks for the customers coming in for dinner. It is more of a bar food and sandwiches type restaurant and they had an awful lot of people for a Tuesday night.

On to Rouse Pointe tomorrow, at the top of Lake Champlain.

Whitehall Municipal Docks, Whitehall, NY to Point Bay Marina, Charlotte, VT — June 16, 2014

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02-Auxiliary-Docks-At-The-Whitehall-Municipal-Docks – no power

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03-Business-District-In-Whitehall-On-Left-As-We-Wait-For-Lock-12

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Lock 12 opened at 8:00 this morning and I called the lock at 7:50.  They said they would be ready in about 15 minutes. One of the other boats at the Whitehall Municipal Dock left just before us.  We followed them into the lock.

The lock was a little slow and the woman operating the lock mentioned that they were hit by lightning about 2 weeks ago and the motherboard of the controls was fried.  She was doing everything manually and that explained why she wanted us to enter the lock with only one door open.  There was no wind so it was no big deal to put a 14′ wide boat thru a 23′ opening.

That was the last lock until we get to the Chambly Canal in Canada, North of Lake Champlain.  Once we were out of the lock the charts were labeling the waterway Lake Champlain even though it was still a narrow river.  The water was really high.  The trees next to the normal shore were in the water and on some of the property you could see the low break walls were under water.

Lot of fishing boats out today, a lot more than we saw yesterday.  Where the river was narrow we slowed for the boats, but as it started to widen out we were able to just keep on moving.  After the Lock I asked the other boat, Errante, what speed they traveled at and he said 8 to 9 so I took the lead as I though 9 to 9.5 is where we would be without any current.  He ended up staying with us for pretty close to our whole trip.  He turned off about 5 miles short of our destination.

You can see from the pictures that we had little wind today and it is supposed to be light and variable for the next couple of days.  that will be nice because Lake Champlain is a large body of water.

You can see the mountains in the pictures.  The Adirondack Mountains are in New York and they are on the west side of Lake Champlain.  The Green Mountains are in Vermont on the East side of the Lake.  While the scenery is spectacular, I can see why the movement to make this the 6th Great Lake fell flat.  It does not have the size of a Lake Michigan or Lake Huron. It does have some depths in the 200’s but for the most part it maybe 50′ to 100′ deep if that. The size is about 120 miles long, North-South and the width ranges form 1 to maybe 10 miles. You know I did not see an ocean going freighter all day.

Well we made it to Vermont in the boat.  We are in Vermont tonight and probably tomorrow night.  We can add one more State to our list.