Category Archives: Cruising

Fall Cruise

We attempted another Gentleman’s cruise, but with several last minute cancellations, it was just Rufus, Malcolm and me. With a forecast for rain and 20knots of wind we decided it was a great weekend to head out, we weren’t wrong. After all, preparations and arrangements had been made. As a sign of encouragement we were greeted with a beautiful rainbow as we headed out of Midland Bay on Friday night.

Heading for Frying Pan Bay, we sailed up Beausoleil Island with a nice south west wind that filled the cruising chute making a perfect run up to Big Dog Channel. We arrived at an almost empty Frying Pan Bay just after sunset and dropped the hook in the middle of the bay. We were snarked at by a power-boater when we entered because we didn’t have our VHF on… and he wanted to discuss anchoring arrangements – which we did off our bows anyway!

We had an awesome dinner of burgers and enjoyed the evening. The new Chinese diesel heater was awesome, keeping the boat a toasty 18 ° all night.

Saturday morning we went for a short hike and headed up to Hockey Stick Bay. After that we headed out on a good run ending in a small tear on the cruising chute from a spit-pin sticking out of the spreader turnbuckle. An easy fix. Winds were in the high teens but our route was almost straight north so it was a great sail. We were greeted by a completely empty Bay – a nice treat!

After lunch the rains arrived, cats & dogs rain! Then Barry and Cedar arrived in the monsoon. They had suffered a blown-out main sail in the high winds, but not after enjoying a fast reach, hitting 7.5kn of boat speed!

Saturday morning was bright and sunny, with high winds. We took down Barry’s main sail and packed it up for me to stitch over the winter. Then we explored the small lake next to the bay and finally headed out for our afternoon sail home.

We parted ways with Leading Edge at Penetang Bay and continued on a perfect 60° reach back to Midland Bay. A quick pump out and we were ready for a final feast of lamb kabobs at MBSC.


Back on the boat

Spring 2019 was very slow in coming, as such we didn’t get in any boat trips in June.

Now that July has come and it’s 40° in Toronto and time to sail the days away.

The girls are liking their new short haircuts, despite initial grumbling, great for hot days and swimming.
First visitors of the season were Lawrence and Isabel – we went for a great hike on Beausoleil Island with a swim and picnic in the middle.

Come visit us!

This summer we are up in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Our home base is in  Penetanguishine at Dutchman’s Cove Marina (2 hour drive) but we like to anchor off Awenda Provincial Park or head up to Beausoleil island (Georgian Bay Island National Park). This post will give you an idea of what the beaches and parks are like.

Awenda, view of our boat from the beach.

You are most welcome to visit for a day, or two or three… however accommodation on the boat is somewhat limited we are open to  creative arrangements!

 

There are lots of hotels and b&b’s in the area if you want to do daytrips.

Camping is available at the parks but might be booked at this point, however there is  unreserved camping available on Beckwith Island which is an uninhabited island is part of an Ojibwa reserve. $25/night/tent.  Did I mention the islands have spectacular beaches!

Miles of shallow beach!

We’d be happy to shuttle you to the islands or do day trips out to the beaches/parks/woods.

Don ‘t be shy, the girls love visitors as do we!

 

 

LED bulbs

I’ve slowly replaced most of my bulbs with LED. All the cabin lights were switched over two years ago and I finally properly installed the LED strip lighting in the main cabin. I’ll work on the bathroom with a dimmer this summer. I can’t believe how much nicer indirect lighting is.

The navigation bayonet bulbs in the bow and stern were replaced last summer before we left on the trip, leaving only the navigation and anchor lights at the top of the mast. I didn’t replace these because I couldn’t easily access them. (see bosun’s chair post), ok, I could have gone up on a crane but it wasn’t that big a deal. Continue reading LED bulbs

Trent Severn Waterway: part 1-Toronto to Trenton

Last summer we escaped a flooded Toronto and headed north, we had planned on leaving Toronto for Georgian Bay last year, with the heavy rains and flooding shutting down our favourite cruising grounds, beaches and amusement park (aka the Toronto Islands) the decision to leave was even easier. What was supposed to be a lazy meander through cottage country, with afternoons spent swimming with loons, ice cream in quaint towns, turned out somewhat different thanks to the unseasonably cold and wet July weather. As for the quaint towns, well there was Bobcaygeon, which could be accused of trying a bit too hard.

The trip fell into 4 stages and took us most of July. We only lingered a few places, three days in Peterborough, one in Sutton, but when we moved we moved pretty quickly because of the weather. A total of 18 days in a boat that does about 5.5knots underpower.

  1. Toronto to Trenton July 7 – 9
  2. Trenton to Peterborough July 10 – 12
  3. Peterborough to Lake Simcoe July 16 – 20
  4. Simcoe to Georgian Bay July 22 – July 24

Continue reading Trent Severn Waterway: part 1-Toronto to Trenton

Cabin Heater

After sleeping on Georgian Bay this weekend, it occurred to me that a cabin heater might be prudent, especially with small children that like to throw off their covers and then cry “I’m cold” at 4 am.

Dawn mist on Georgian Bay

small black heater
Cheapo 120v heater

Our Hunter 340 came with a heat exchanger and blower to make use of engine heat, but that’s only useful when the Yanmar is running (incidentally, it also heats the hot water too). I have a little car 120v forced air heater I picked up on clearance at Canadian Tire. Plugged in it provides fast heat and warms the cabin quickly. It’s rated at 900w and I suppose I could plug it into the inverter but that seems like an awfully destructive thing to do to a battery bank and inverter. Continue reading Cabin Heater