The Champlain Canal has reopened for navigation this morning, September 14, as has the Troy Lock. The way south is now open once again. Mariners are advised that the Hudson River is choked with debris, mandating a good lookout, and a number of Hudson River marinas are shut down for repairs.
For those needing to step their mast, the Castleton Boat Club is operating, they survived Irene's visit with minimal problems. Their number is 518~732~7077, call ahead. They should also be able to provide you with good info about the balance of the trip south on the Hudson, and I'll file updates here as well.
Here is the advisory in full:
NEW YORK STATE CANAL SYSTEM
NOTICE TO MARINERS
September 12, 2011
Mariners are advised that the Champlain Canal will reopen to all navigation in its entirety at 7 AM on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, conditions permitting.
The Troy Federal Lock, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has reopened to all navigation.
For updates and information, please call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit www.canals.ny.gov
See you in paradise folks.