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BottomOfBigChute.jpg
Unloaded, ready to cruise – 709 viewsWhen you get to the bottom, the boat just floats off the straps and you go on your way.
cables.jpg
Cables used for the Big Chute Lock – 494 viewsFour cables on huge spools...Kris, the lock attendant told us one of them could do the work...so we should feel safe. He also said they stress tested it at teh beginning of every season...including this one.
ComingDown.jpg
Going down – 577 viewsShot from the back of the boat as we were going down the hill on the tracks.
DoubleTrackDifferentElevatin.jpg
Double tracks – 605 viewsClose up inspection of the two tracks...
EmptyCarriage~0.jpg
Empty Carriage – 658 viewsInspection time before we pulled MemoryMaker onto it
HeadingDownHill.jpg
Going down...down...down – 724 viewsDidn't look it, but the boat was fairly level...due to the double tracks that it was riding on.
KrisInspectingBoat.jpg
Inspection time – 612 viewsKris, the lock attendant volunteered to look under the boat while it was out of the water. Dave laid on the swim platform and check the outdrives...everything is A ok on the MemoryMaker
LockingDown.jpg
Looking down – 578 viewsView from way up
LookingOutOurBoat.jpg
Looking out the front – 668 viewsView from MemoryMaker as we were descending...
OldOne.jpg
Old one – 571 viewsNew carriage and tracks were built in the late 70's. This one was barely large enough for our boat. The one we rode could trap in 4 large vessels.
Railtrack.jpg
Railway track – 562 viewsTwo tracks, one higher than the other are used to move the carriage over. The difference in height is there to keep boats fairly level. The track holding the bow of the boat is higher.
ToddApproaching.jpg
Loading the boat behind us – 649 viewsTodd and his son are coming in slow...the carriage has been lowered in the water...we're already strapped in place in front of the Monterey boat.
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