Friday, August 18, 2017

Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Delightful little town and as you can see, it was raining and was all afternoon. That was one of the reasons I stopped. Here is another.
My raw water strainer was clogged with weed and my exhaust was belching steam just east of here in Pigeon Lake. I stopped as soon as I saw it and drifted while I took it apart and cleaned it. They say that bad luck comes in three's and the other misfortune I had was that the nuts and bolts holding my drive shaft onto my transmission came apart. Now if you recall, the same thing happened back 6 months ago when I was in Dominica. This time I managed to find some lock nuts at the local hardware store so hopefully it shouldn't happen again.
I actually need to replace my engine mounts again because they are all rusted and I am sure that doesn't help my prop shaft alignment.

 I have been taking lots of photos of the Beautiful "Kawartha's" and I put it into a video for you.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Burleigh Falls, Ontario

Pretty nice rapids this morning with the mist rising and the sunrise.
I have now done 27 locks on the Trent Severn Waterway and I have 18 to go. Yesterday I went through the Peterborough Lift Lock which at 65 feet is the largest in the world. It consists of 2 tubs, one up and one down and when one goes up the other comes down. It is easier to understand if you see the video.
video

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Campbellford, Ontario Canada

Another delightful town and this one's claim to fame?
I had been told by several people that this bakery is the best and that there is a line out the door at 7am when they open! Well there wasn't a line at 7am but there was a steady stream of customers and considering nothing gets going around here until 9am, that's pretty good. And their cranberry cinnamon rolls we're to die for.

So I am very impressed with the Trent Severn Waterway. The locks are a lot cleaner than the Erie Canal and there are at least 3 staff on duty at them compared to just 1 on the Erie. I did a video of my transit through Lock 8.
Hopefully it will make up for the terrible one I did on the Erie Canal.

I am off again today along the TSW with 12 locks already under my belt.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trenton, Ontario, Canada

I got as far as the start of the Trent Severn Waterway yesterday and had a fantastic day on the water with clear blue skies and puffy clouds. Take a look at  what I saw.

And while wondering around town, i came across an old car display.
Today I am starting to transit the first of 44 locks on the TSW (Trent Severn Waterway.) Should take me a week to get to The other side at Midland on the Georgian Bay.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Canada

Today I am going to move further up the channel towards Trenton and hope to get as far as Sandy Cove. I had a delightfully easy day yesterday in Prinyer's Cove, mainly reading and doing boat chores waiting for the wind to lessen.

Ok so this is why I like Canada.
Tim Hortons, a coffee chain that sells awesome coffee was founded 53 years ago by hockey legend Tim Horton.
The exchange rate is 1.27 US$ so that means that stuff here is cheaper. Plus they use dollar coins which I like and their money is colored with Queen Elizabeth on their $20 bill. Cute!
No Frills supermarket is seriously bare bones. The only credit card you can use is MasterCard otherwise it is cash only. They have cardboard boxes at the exit that you can put your groceries in with NO plastic bags!
Neat public art for it's enjoyment.

Finally, Canadians are nice. They are more likely to apologize to you if you bump into them even if it wasn't their fault. I had a motorist wave me across a pedestrian crossing even though he had a green light.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Prinyer's Cove, Ontario, Canada

Video of my voyage from Oswego to Gananoque through the 1000 Islands.
Yesterday, the weather forecast was not good for this weekend so I ended up Motoring a good 6 hours to a well protected bay at the start of the bay that connects to the Trent River. Today we have WSW at 16 knots.
The Canadian mounted police stopped me on the way and searched my boat.
They have a shipyard program where they have an American USCG official on board. I can't say enough nice things about these guys. All four of them were superb. It was like a night and day experience compared to the terrible Islamorada experience I had with officials down in Florida a couple of years ago.
I happened to pass by the Cork Sailing Regatta off Kingston which included the Laser and Optimist Sailing Championship.