Category Archives: Canada

Island Dancer is a Sailboat Again!

Bernie walked up with a coffee this morning looking at the rig on Island Dancer..
He smiled and said… WOW
Bernie is the head of stepping masts (installing)
I somehow found a smile, wondering what I was getting myself into…
This boat is SMALL in the caribbean… whats the big deal.. lets go!

Bernie: “There’s no way my rig can lift that mast…”
Timbo: “Really.. so Bernie… what are we using then? ” –  There was NO way the mast going to be horizontal on the deck after today…. I love putting confidence back into the experts… he’ll figure out a way!

So we Rented a Crane!.. not a big one.. in fact.. Im so used to Georgie showing up in 100+ ton crane (at Suncor) I was a bit shocked at this weeeee one…
But again… this is only a hollow mast.. couple farm boys could put it in… trust me I have stories!

There was a bit of a Spectacle in Oswago… at one point Robin counted more than 15 watching just in the immediate area of the boat…

Everything went smooth smooth smooth.. and we now have two masts back in the vertical position…
We stopped working at 10pm (Kozyboat crew).. its a ton of work getting all the gear back together… but were ready to hit the sea.. hummm I mean LAKE… tomorrow!!!

Very great people here.. (I must have met some non-great people, somewhere, sometime on this trip??)
You will see from the pictures the number of people we had helping.. That with crane, gin pole, and paid talent… what the heck is this going to cost??
Turned out to be a little over $300… I was thinking more like $500-700… we had the crane and operator tied up all afternoon.. and a lot of marina people!!!
I really need to buy a “I Love NY” T-Shirt !!!!

The 30 locks have certainly improved Timbo’s docking skills…. This boat is turning into a skate board in a parking lot…
The marina people came up to me and said “Gee.. We hardly ever see anyone driving a SAILBOAT dock without hitting something” ha!!!

I can’t wait to come into Bridgeview in Sarnia and smash into 3 boats my first time!!!

Terry..  hang some extra fenders on your boat…Timbo’s comin in!
Film at 11!!!Well lets see how this boat handles the Great Lakes… 🙂

Have a Great Day!!!

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Lake ONTARIO !!!!

WE made the great lakes!!! Ya!!!
Had a great couple days on the canal…although lots of sticks, logs, and stumps..
One time we managed to get a long skinny one (2″ diameter) wrapped around the rudder… not before the props skinned em…
Steering went hard.. hummmm…. ALLIE… put your bathing suit on!!!! Your going downstairs!!!
Well we didn’t have to resort to that!… heavy reverse and a piece of it popped up.. then using the long poker stick we were able to dislodge it..
Allie was giving high fives at that point! ha!!!

30 LOCKS LATER…. no kidding!

What a sight it was to see Lake Ontario!!! wow.. been a LONG TIME!!!
Tomorrow morning we are putting the sticks up.. hopefully the wind stays low..

were very exposed here..
not sure they have crane regulations in effect..
but last thing we want to do is bend that thing!
Then we set sail across the lake to a new country… CANADA EH!

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

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Boat Sail (SALE!!)

Pulled ol’ FatFish out of the water yesterday…  She’s been floating since we bought her back bout 3 years ago…

Forgot what the bottom looked like..  it’s still there!..   Not too much growth for that long in the water..   either the bottom paint is good, or the water is not as ‘clean’ as we think it is???

Its funny looking at this boat in the slings today..    Its SOOO SMALL…  where 3 years ago standing in the cockpit my words were “How am I ever going to steer this HUGE boat”…. apparently she shrunk being in the water so long..  

Last Sail in FatFish 2012

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November Sailing in FatFish.. Nice thing about leaving the boat in all winter, you can get out a few more times..
The only other boat on the lake of course made it a race.. He may have beat us with the sails up, but once we got the motor running, the drag race under the bridge was us all the way.. First back to the dock is certainly the winner.. I dont care what you sailors say!!!