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Jul 26 2017

For boaters along a significant portion of the Erie Canal in Central NY, Towboat US continues to maintain a significant presence on the water.   Towboat US Oneida Lake has a new owner.  Capt. Jake Van Reenen who also owns Towboat US services in Rochester and Clayton NY is now servicing Oneida Lake as well as covering a significant portion of the Erie Canal.  Oneida Lake which at 22 miles long and 5 miles wide is the largest lake wholly within New York State.  Boaters transiting on the Erie Canal pass directly across Oneida Lake and Towboat US is the only major towing organization with any presence on the Erie Canal.

Read more: Tow Boat Oneida Lake Under New Ownership
Jun 11 2017

No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season

The Canal is open and in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, The New York State Canal Corporation has announced that there will be no fees for recreational boaters this season.  Now we want to emphasize that the normal fees are quite nominal, ranging from $50 to $100 depending on length of boat for a season’s worth the ability to travel the canal and utilize the systems more than 50 locks dozens of lift bridges and more than 524 miles of navigable waterways.

Read more: No Fees For Recreational Boating On The Erie Canal For The 2017 Navigational Season
May 07 2017

The NYS Canal Corporation has just released the schedule for the 2017 Navigation Season.

The good news is that they have eliminated the tolls and fees for recreational boating on the Canal.  The bad news is that they have reduced the navigation season by opening almost 3 weeks later than in the past and closing about 3 weeks’ earlier.  The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that the new “owners” of the Canal System the NYS Power Authority has agreed to increase the operational budget by a large sum and wants to use some of the time to work on some of the much needed work and maintainence on the Canal Infrastructure 

Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. for the 2017 navigation season.

Additionally, in commemoration of the bicentennial of the start of Erie Canal construction in 1817, there will be no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal System in 2017.

The hours of operation for the 2017 season are as follows:

Read more: Erie Canal Navigation Season 2017
Feb 19 2017

What do we expect to see when we go to boat shows?

I have been to a lot of boat shows both in NY and beyond. I have been to the Miami Boat Show, one of the largest in the country.  My wife will always ask me why are we going to another boat show, we aren’t buying a new boat?  Well that might be true, but I continue to go and am curious as to why the overwhelming majority of visitors to boats shows attend as well

Read more: What Do You Expect To See When You Attend A Boat Show
Feb 18 2017

Newsday had recently published an article that stated the Erie Canal’s Future uncertain.  Fact or fake news?

 

I am here to tell you the Erie Canal System is alive and well.  2017 starts an 8-year celebration of the bicentennial of the building of the Canal.  The Erie Canal was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Governor Cuomo has just placed the NYS Canal Corporation, the state agency responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Canal System under the control of the New York Power Authority.  The power authority generates their revenue through electrical power generation and power transmission.  There are currently three hydroelectric plants on the Erie with another 27 that could once again begin to contribute electric to the grid.  The NYS Canal System uses no tax payer dollars for its operation. That’s correct.  The operation of the Erie Canal without doubt the greatest recreational resource in NYS requires no tax payer resources. To further dispel any further rumors, the NYS Canal System is protected under article 15 in the NYS constitution. No one’s filling in the ditch!!

Read more: Fake News & The Erie Canal

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