Soooo after de-stepping (day 3) we encountered the infamous Denny Wardell at the entrance to the Erie Canal. He’s known for a number of things (read some reviews on Active Captain), but most specifically his hot button issue: Destepping masts. Basically, if you don’t destep with him, he won’t sell you diesel.
We were down to a 1/4 tank, entering the canal and he has a prime spot right there….his only competition across the way was “SOLD OUT FOR THE SEASON”. So what could we do?
I had a lovely exchange with him on the telephone which went basically like this “NO! I won’t sell you diesel. Why would I? I make $20 bucks off you, while the guys down the way at Rich Marine make $300? No thanks. Have fun in the Canal without any fuel. GOODBYE.”
Fortunately our luck changed once we got in the canal. Aside from him, we’ve met some of the nicest people ever.