Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lyons, New York gets a Serenity Recommendation

I planned to post this yesterday, but did not have a good internet connection.

Today we stopped in Lyons, New York. Right after we exited Lock 27 we saw the long wall on the north side of the canal. There is electric, water, restrooms, and showers. We were greeted by a gentleman named Bob, who gave us a brief history of Lyons, as well as recommending a few places for dinner. This is a great place to stop for the night. We decided to eat in a local pub named Growlers. The food was great...I recommend the fish dinner... and the Lions Head Pilsner was awesome. Growlers is a nice neighborhood pub, just a block from the canal. There is room for several boats on this wall...all in all a really nice place.

Leaving Lock 27...we traveled through five locks today, I noticed the engine exhaust sounded differently, and I could not hear water leaving the exhaust. You get very familiar with how the engine sounds, and any difference stands out as a potential problem. We idled to the wall in Lyons, and while Shirl checked us in I began trouble shooting the engine problem. The engine did not overheat, and when I restarted it after tying up only a small trickle of water was evident in the exhaust. I shut the engine down and closed off the raw water intake. I checked the in line strainer and this is what I found...

I know this looks like a salad, but this was packed in the small in line strainer. It is no wonder that there was not much water getting through. This time of year in part of the Erie Canal there is  a lot of floating leaves in the water. The grass is probably from Lake Erie, our night in the Conneaut Harbor where we were tied to a pier in shallow water. We are fortunate I noticed the different sound, and avoided an engine problem. We were also lucky to be at our planned destination for the day as well. I know what many of you are thinking...yes I did pull the cover and check the impeller. It looked fine. After I finished I opened the water in take and started the engine. Every thing seemed back to normal. One of the good things about traveling the Erie Canal this time of year is that we were the only boat in every lock today. Each lock operator was waiting for us with the gates open and the green light on.

During the early days of the Erie Canal Lyons was a major exporter of peppermint. Like many other small cities in America, Lyons has lost jobs when industry left the area. With the Erie Canal becoming more popular as a vacation destination, cities along the waterway could benefit from tourism. Lyons seems to understand this concept and is moving in a good direction.

 This is a bridge in Fairport, New York that is in the Guinness Book of Records.One side is higher that the other and no two angles on the bridge are the same.

 Ducks in flight on the canal.

 Shirl in the lock managing the bow of Serenity.

 Our view today... we met a couple who are cruising the canal in a rented houseboat, staying in a different city every night!

 Serenity on the wall in Lyons, New York.

 Growlers...only a block away.

Night shot on the wall.
We hope to get to Baldwinsville tomorrow, and tackle Lake Oneida on Monday....maybe...


  1. Great pics guys. Glad that you were able to avert a more serious engine problem. I did think you might be showing us some Growler Veggie Special. We may have freezing temps here tonight.
    Rodger and Eilene

  2. Growlers sounds like my kind of place! Love you.

  3. Must be a guy thing to hear those little engine noises or maybe us girls are too busy talking to hear? Glad you were able to find the problem and move one. We are enjoying your trip thanks for posting. Be safe.

  4. Rodger and Eilene, thanks for following. Having a great time so far. Hope all is well with you two.

    Cold beer and great pub much better can it get?

    Steph, Mike told me it is hard for him to listen to the engine with you talking! Thanks for following.

  5. Hi Ted,

    You guys are making us very jealous! Beautiful photography. We love following your blog.

    Another thing you have to check especially when you have found grass in the strainer is the entire length of the intake hose from Seacock to strainer fitting. I've found that sometimes stuff gets wedged into this line especially where it connects to the strainer. If you take a pair of needle nosed pliars you can sometimes pull enough out of the strainer intake to let the rest through but there was one occasion that I had to blow the whole line out with air pressure.

    Be careful on Lake Oneida. You probably remember me telling you about my experience there with the Morgan 32 when the mast supports started to wobble. The lake gets a nasty chop especially the downwind end of it.

    You guys are awesome! See you in Wilmington God willing.


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