Today is going to be a long day for us since we’re planning on heading from Lock #20 all the way to the West end of Lake Oneida where the canal continues. It should be about a 45-50 mile cruise if all goes well.
From where we’re at today the speed is 10 miles per hour and it’s going to take a bit longer than I thought since we’ve been able to hit 22 knots most of the time. The reason for this is the canal is much narrower in this region, but the landscape is amazing with lush trees almost like the jungle cruise at Disneyland.
We did have a check oil light come on first 5 minutes of the day’s cruise, but when I brought the RPM’s up to 2800 it turned off—a bit concerned about this and I’ll have to check it out on the east end of the lake before we make the 25 mile crossing.
We decided to hold out until after 7:00 PM when the wind dies down, since its not worth the pounding of the swells going across at the windiest part of the day and besides, it was a good opportunity to walk around Sylvan Beach. This area is like one of those movies that have a freshwater beach with sand simulating an ocean beach with a small amusement park and rollercoaster to boot. It was pretty much laid back since it’s Monday and I’m sure during the weekend it’s like hitting Laguna Beach or even Newport but on a much smaller scale.
It was time to make the run and the wind settle down a couple of knots so we headed out next to a small 19’ runabout. At first he was in front of us, but then he got wise and fallowed us behind our wake since we pretty much smoothed out his ride. Our Striper is meant for heavy seas and can take a good swell any day and Lake Oneida was almost like doing the crossing to Catalina around 1100 AM–if anyone has made the crossing at this time you know what I mean. What’s nice about the crossing is there are day marker buoys for us to fallow and even though we have GPS it makes it much easier for anyone to cross the lake.
After an hour or so making the crossing we headed to Brewerton at the east end and docked for the night, but right before we pulled in the “Check Oil” light came on. It seems when we’re running at 2000 rpms it comes on. I guess I’ll have to check it out first thing in the morning