Stepping and Un-Stepping Your Mast

"The Problem"

In total, there are approximately 358 bridges, pipelines, and overhead obstructions on the New York State Canal System (NYSCS). With minimum clearance heights ranging from 15.5’ to 21’, most sailboats and some powerboats will require having their masts un-stepped for the transit.

"The Solution"

Regardless of which direction you are travelling, there are a number of marinas in the approaches to the NYSCS that are well known for stepping and un-stepping masts. Below is a list of the ones known to us with their contact information.

This list of marinas providing mast services for transiting the NYSCS can be downloaded for your personal and private use below. This file is Zipped Adobe (.pdf) file format:

Download NYSCS Mast Services List

Mast Services

**Do-It-Yourself Manual Gin Pole.
Hudson River
Castleton Boat Club**
92 S. Main Street
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033
(518) 732-7077

16.5 NM to Lock E-2
Hop O Nose Marina
162 W Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414
(518) 943-4640
40.0 NM to Lock E-2
Riverview Marine
103 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414
(518) 943-5311
40.0 NM to Lock E-2
Samalot Marine
602 Beach Road
West Haverstraw, NY 10993
(518) 943-4640
104.5 NM to Lock E-2
Lake Champlain
Barcomb Marina
90 Montgomery Street
Rouses Point, NY 12979
(518) 297-3939
97.0 NM to Lock C-12
Chipman Point Marina
68 Chipman Pt. Road
Orwell, VT 05760
17.0 NM to Lock C-12
Champlain Harbor Marina
7 N. Main Street
Whitehall, NY 12887
(518) 499-9700

0.3 NM to Lock C-12
Point Bay Marina
1401 Thompson Pt Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
49.0 NM to Lock C-12
Shelburne Shipyard
4584 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
63.8 NM to Lock C-12
Westport Marina
20 Washington Street
Westport, NY 12993
43.3.0 NM to Lock C-12
Lake Ontario
Fairport Marina
14990 West Bay Road
Fair Haven, NY 13064

13.5 NM to Lock O-8
Oswego Marina
3 Basin Street
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 342-0436
0.4 NM to Lock O-8
Lake Erie
RCR Yachts
284 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Buffalo, NY 14203
27.2 NM to Lock E-35
Rich Marine Sales
5 Austin Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
22.9 NM to Lock E-35
Smith Boys
80 Michigan Street
N. Tonawanda, NY 14120
15.9 NM to Lock E-35
Wardell Boat Yard
1 Sweeney Street
N. Tonawanda, NY 12887
15.6 NM to Lock E-35

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