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Touring CNY waterways

For a fresh view of Baldwinsville this summer, take a boat tour with Captain Tom Rasbeck.

With 38 years of boating experience, Rasbeck offers intimate boat tours along the Seneca River and other Central New York waterways for groups of five or less.

"I can offer small groups a pleasant and informative trip as short as one hour up to an entire day of cruising along local waterways including Onondaga Lake, Cross Lake, Oneida Lake and passage through several Barge Canal locks," Rasbeck said. "Other than just enjoying the sights, activities can include fishing, bird watching and nature photography. Trips can also be custom tailored to suit the individual needs of the customer."

Rasbeck recently obtained his captain's license, which allows him to captain a boat that can carry approximately 50 passengers, although his tours are more intimate and flexible. Using a small but stable 19-foot boat (equipped with all US Coast Guard required safety equipment), tours can range from informative and historical to a simple, quiet ride on a pleasant day. Plus, the compact size of the boat allows for investigation of small inlets, which lends itself nicely to Rasbeck's other passion -- scuba diving.

With more than 30 years of scuba diving experience, Rasbeck also offers shipwreck exploration in Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and other waterways. Along the Seneca River alone, Rasbeck can point out a couple of shipwreck remains, one near Onondaga Lake Park, the other in Lysander near Community Park.

A life long hobby

Rasbeck's father and grandfather were avid boaters, and he naturally followed in their footsteps.

"I've been boating since I was 14-years-old," Rasbeck said.

He spent a majority of his boating years exploring the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and other Central New York lakes and waterways, equipping him with the experience and knowledge to offer informative excursions of the areas.

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