Thursday, August 8, 2013

29 July – 1 August 2013
We arrive at the outpost of Gaines Marina Rouse Point, NY approximately one mile south of the Canadian border.
 Beautiful spot – most of the regulars are from Montreal about an hour away by car.  Arrangements have been made to forward mail here; we take on fuel - 220 gallons, give the boat a wash down - all looks right with the world.  The temperature is definitely cooler at 0600 it was 11celsius – getting ready for the break north (52degrees) – but it warmed up to 72 degrees.    

As it turns out two day priority delivery for here means four days…

So we entertain ourselves by going over charts, reading guide books practicing our French, walking the beautiful neighborhoods of the town and chatting with the marina regulars and locals, etc.
Gaines Marina, Rouse Point, NY

we spotted Captain America and his crew
 Tam spent time making delicious meals
Including home made pizza - crust and all...

Sean and I went to the Dodge Library circa 1927

and looked at interesting architectural details
Meanwhile in the background Tamera and I are having hard discussions about our present plans...

 As we sit on the Canadian border with the temperature dropping - and we review our plans we come to the conclusion that to start our Canadian adventure the first week of August is not prudent.

To spend the necessary time to explore and enjoy the rich history of Canada to include its canals systems of the Trent Severn Waterway - 45 locks, 240 miles, the Rideau Canal a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Northern Channel and Georgian Bay - approximately a 1200 mile trip -  we would not be to the top of Lake Michigan until the beginning of October. 
This by most accounts is not where Captain Ron, Kitty and Swab should be on a 36 foot fiberglass boat...
As the saying goes; 'You've got to have a plan to change the plan.'
 So we came to the conclusion we need to pull a one eighty and go south -
Florida here we come!
See you next year Canada



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

28/29 July 2013

After spending the night on a mooring ball at LCYC (with no electricity) we headed north to Plattsburg, NY.  The weather conditions were a little rough...

(so were guest and crew)

We pulled into Champlain Boatworks with no injuries  - despite the choppy sea-state and high winds - Bravo Zulu to deck force, they kept me from looking bad again.  There is an excellent restaurant Dana’s Rusty Anchor at the marina were we congratulated ourselves on a safe arrival. 
Now onto the maintenance concerns;
Just in time for Dan's visit the generator failed... and Sea Chantey has been experiencing some issues with the house battery system so electricity has been limited when on the hook... it's always something... 
The service manager at Champlain Boatworks lent us a load tester to trouble shoot. The good news is we isolated the problem to a single battery with a failed cell; the bad news is 3 or 4 days to get a replacement... 
The generator is a different story - it looks like the starter failed - replacement time TWO weeks... 
Discussions happened, decisions were made... Let's do like congress does, kick the can down the road and see if we can solve these items later.
We say goodbye to Dan and head North.  


26July 2013
I was told there wasn't enough fish on hooks...
 So our good friend Dan Boe drove from Virginia to upstate New York to straighten us out.
Welcome Aboard Ceremony on Sea Chantey @ Champlain Bridge Marina 
 Alright Bill this is how you do it...
 Sean Kelly and Dan Boe slaying the Lake Champlain fish population 
'Don't give me any lip... I am fishing'.
 Beautiful Champlain Bridge Marina Crown Point, NY. ... a really great place. 
Dan adjusting to being underway 
Sean exiled to the small boat 
 Next stop Lake Champlain Yacht Club... 

25 July 2013

We pushed all the way up the Champlain canal today – seven additional locks to arrive at Whitehall, NY.   This is where Benedict Arnold built a fleet of twelve vessels to confront the British at Valcour Island on Lake Champlain – a battle the U.S lost.  So this gives Whitehall the honor to claim itself as the birthplace of the U.S Navy. 

Deck force working us through a lock
Bos'n leading deck force

Canal charter boat
Canal locals

Fort Ticonderoga

 Skene Manor home of Philip Skene Military Governor during the French and Indian War

 My kind of place... Whitehall, NY
Tamera and I stopped in for a cold one at the American Legion Post 83 Whitehall, NY

American Legion Post 83 crew