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Sea Star 7

1998 Bayliner LeClercq

Great service from the locks

Today we headed back through the locks.  We had been instructed to call the lock master when we reached the railroad bridge.  When we got there, they were just closing the doors on the large lock for an uplocking.  They said to proceed into the small locks despite the red light indicating, and that the lock attendants there would be informed of our distressed situation.  We scooted past a few waiting boats and into the small locks.  To the casual observer it would appear that we executed the process smoothly.  And indeed, it was nothing out of the ordinary but for the unusually high stress level of Captain Dave who had to be at the top of his game to pull it off so well.  He was grateful for the practicing we did yesterday.  We realized upon reaching the lake level that while the large locks arrived up top ahead of us, they held all the traffic until we exited the small locks and were well away.  They wanted to ensure that we didn’t have issues navigating through the swarm of small boats that would have exited the large locks ahead of us.  Wow.  What amazing service.  Not what you typically expect of a government run operation!

When we arrived back at our home dock, the wind was blowing us off the dock.  We anticipated this being tricky and had called in a friend (thank you Justin!) to come down to the dock and assist us with the lines.  He had to pull pretty darn hard to help us in because with the starboard side engine out, Dave struggled to snug the stern up to the dock.

We all breathed a sigh of relief once we were safely tied up.  Now to find a mechanic that can help fix the engine…

Dave did shoot this great photo of the boat in Ostrich Bay with the drone.

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