Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Orillia to Port Severn

To say that the trip here was eventful is an understatement! The night before, we stayed on the wall above Swift Rapids Lock. The outflow from that hydro dam is amazing!! The drop in that lock was 47 feet.Then our next "lock" was the Big Chute Marine Railway. This is a "new-fangled" kind of portage-- carrying a vessel over a small land area to reach the water on the other side. It's usually done with canoes and such.. We drove Blue Moon into a "car" and we were put into slings that held us steady while the car rode over land on rails, and brought us to the other side, and back into the water. We have some pictures of "Y-Knot" a GB36 loaded in the car right before we went. We took some pictures from the deck while we were in the car, and one of the Parcs Canada guys was kind enough to take some pictures of our running gear to check how we're looking. (Fabulous, as usual!) Although, there is a little "swoop" on the leading edge of our starboard prop. All in all, not bad at all!

One more lock, and we're out int
o the Georgian Bay! The rocky part is intimidating, but lack of locks will be nice! Pictures to follow!

Incredible outflow from Swift Rapids Dam.

Y-Knot (GB-36) is on her way from Cocoa Beach, FL to her new home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After cruising through Lake Superior she will be loaded on a truck for the balance of the trip.

Y-Knot on her way up and over and then back to the water.

This fifty-eight foot cruiser is coming off the railway on the return trip.
Amazing that the railway can move such big boats!

Here we are at the top of the railway.
I'm trying to be cool. So far, so good.

Here we are traveling down hill back to the water. (Still being cool.) I resume breathing as soon as we resume floating!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bobcaygeon to Orillia

Had a good ride across Lake Simcoe, which we heard can really kick up. We're happy to have found a calm day. Part of the trip was through the very narrow and shallow (hey that almost rhymes!) Trent Canal. We were seeing .9 feet- that's "point nine" under the keel. A bit hair-raising and nerve-wracking! All of the locks from here on are going down, which is much more pleasant and less turbulent.

We stopped for the night just above the Kirkfield Lift Lock. It's like the lock at Peterborough with two pans, except that here, since we're locking down, we go out to the end at the top! Holy cow---- we were hanging out there!! The lock tenders were walking all over the structure 49 feet in the air. I was hyperventilating! It worked out well, as you can see, I'm still here!

The weather turned rainy, so we're using this stop as a provisioning, laundry, and rest stop. They are having a bass fishing tournament here... small, low freeboard boats with big giant engines.... catching fast fish!

This cottage sits all alone on an island along the waterway on the way to the Kirkfield Lift Lock.

Standing at the top of the Kirkfield Lift Lock looking down. This lock lowers you 49'.

Here we are entering the lift chamber. We decided to stay in the middle of the chamber, rather than go all the way to the front where it looks like you could fall the whole 49 feet!

Half way down. Notice the other chamber going up.

On our way safely out of the lock at the bottom. Note the wall behind us-- that is 49' that we rode down.

This is an original waterway bridge built in 1905.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Doing boat maintenance in Bobcaygeon

A special Thank You to Ken from Home Hardware in Bobcaygeon who saved the day. While doing some normal engine maintenance today, I ran into some very inconvenient situations. Thanks again Ken.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lakefield to Bobcaygeon

Airplanes are a common sight along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Pretty cool to be cruising along, when a plane lands nearby!

Church services by land and sea.

The channel goes between the rocks, around this island and cottage. Check out the markers. One must leave the green on the left, and the red to the right. Here it's like a slalom course! Click to make the picture larger for a better look.

This "Glass House" sits along the banks of Buckhorn Lake. You can see everything that goes on in there! Hope the bathroom has a solid door! (Insert your own joke about stone-throwing and glass houses here.)

Peterborough Lift Lock

Here we are, approaching Peterborough Lift Lock. We had to wait about an hour while they repaired a valve. OK by me-- if we're getting into that, I want it in perfect condition! The "drill" was this--there was a gate at the entrance to each "pan." We drove our boat into the lower chamber, (locking up) when the gate lowered, and once we were in, they raised it behind us.

Here we are, entering the lift chamber (140' x 33'). We tied to a rail at the side of the chamber. Note the hydraulic ram under the chamber on the left. It provided a very smooth rise. When the gate closed behind us, they added one foot of water to the other chamber- and the added weight of the water lowered the other chamber, and raised the chamber that we were in. And the ride up is FAST. It was over before I could faint!

And then, there we were at the top, after being raised 65 feet! They opened the gate, and out we went. We turned around to look, and couldn't believe it. I know it's trite to say, but it IS a marvel of engineering. It was built over 8 years... 1896 through 1904.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lock #19, Scott Mills

This is us three on Blue Moon at the top of Lock #19 near Peterborough, Ontario. We're stopping at Peterborough Marina for a day or two to do a little maintenance on the boat. And also because it is SO windy, that we're getting blown around in the locks, so we figure that we'll get some preventative maintenance done, and then, like magic, the wind will die down. (I love fairy tales!)

Lock #3 Glen Miller

Looking south from Lock #3, Glen Miller, Ontario.

Friday, July 10, 2009

We start the Trent-Severn Waterway

We really started this leg of the trip with a "bang!" Windy in the very first lock, and there we were, sideways. Not at all pretty... we straightened up,(after a small collision with the opposite lock wall,) and began the first of six locks that we'd do today. We improved in our locking skills by smaller increments than we would have liked. Our new swim platform now has a small bit of "character" on the port side. We did six locks in 7.3 miles, then we pulled over at the only place on the waterway, (so we hear) that has electricity included in the seasonal moorage fee we paid to Parcs Canada... in addition to electricity, (always a plus) it's quiet and lovely here just above lock 6. Tonight, there will be a blues concert in the park across the way. Ahhhh... moored in the shade, in a quiet place, with the blues in the background! Fabulous!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Kingston, Ontario

Finally made it after a not-so-lovely creaming on Lake Ontario. The weather forecasts all agreed that the seas would be light... and, you guessed it... four foot rollers on the beam with a very close interval. It took about four hours of that before we could get behind some land for protection. And, here we are! We cleared customs with no problem, and you can see our courtesy flag in our rigging. We're resting up today, and tomorrow it's on to the Bay of Quinte, which is supposed to be lovely. From here on, we're in all new territory for us.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Up on the edge

The edge of Lake Ontario-- Wow! We left Brewerton today, and came all the way to Oswego! (That isn't so many miles, but it is eight locks! When we got here, we put ourselves back together-- mast up, fenders stowed, ready for Lake Ontario. There is a fishing fleet here, and they offered to let us know how it is out there tomorrow. They are expecting a good day, and NOAA is too. (I'd trust the fishing guys before the NOAA robot!) It appears that there will be a flotilla leaving here tomorrow, and we will be among them. Pictures to follow!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Winter Harbor Marina, Brewerton, NY

We left early in the morning to get across Lake Oneida before it got rough. More rain is forecast for this afternoon. We're getting waterlogged! The ride was smooth, and uneventful. (The best kind!) Bob is currently installing the new VHF radio that was waiting here for us--and having a terrific time. My job is to sand and varnish the teak that will surround the radio.The people here at Winter Harbor are the best! Our plan is to stay here an extra day to finish the radio installation, and then go grocery shopping.