Cruise the Erie Canal
Cruise through time and explore the rich
history of the Canal System that shaped a nation.
to retain moisture, which makes them smell
funky and creates mildew problems.
Check portlights and hatches for
leaks and look for water stains. Green corrosion, dirt streaks, black caulk, or water
trails around a portlight or hatch are all early
warning signs to be taken seriously. If you’re
lucky, the hatch or portlight wasn’t dogged
down properly, but it’s more likely you’ll be
Green corrosion or discoloration of
hatch surrounds means you have a leak.
replacing the gasket or recaulking the opening come spring. In the meantime, duct tape
will help to keep water out (use paint thinner
to remove tape residue in the spring). Canvas
or a heavy plastic tarp can also be rigged to
cover the opening and keep the boat drier.
Inspect your bilge. No good ever
comes from water in the bilge, and any
water means a leak. Hopefully you’ve already
found the source of the water during your
walk-through, but if not, try to figure it out
and put a stop to it before leaving your boat
again. If your boat’s on the hard and you’re
in a cold climate, you may well be looking at
ice in the bilge. Use rock salt and nontoxic
antifreeze to break it up, dry the bilge completely, and, to keep it from refreezing, add a
few cups of nontoxic antifreeze.
Check the operation of the bilge
pump and float switch. If you’ve left a
battery onboard, make sure the bilge pump