Here are the Blogs in the Great Loop Cruise Leg 4 category.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2005
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At last we have wifi at the dock so I can update the blog and get my mail. This is cleanup day and time to unload all the stuff we never used on the trip. Andrew is picking us up this evening and we head back to Nashville. Trip Statistics: 173 days aboard 11 Nights at anchor 157 Nights at ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2005 4:32 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 18 July 2005
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At 8:00PM Katy Leigh arrived at the Kenlake Marina dock completing the Great Loop. We left the anchorage on the Ohio at 5:45AM. The first lock on the Ohio was a breeze as the wickets were down and we just went over the dam. Lock 22, the second lock, was a different story. We were told to wait 20 minutes ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2005 4:31 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 17 July 2005
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Shallow water was the big news today on the river. Our plan was to anchor at the Angelo Towhead at Cairo. A towhead is an island in the river with a channel that can't be used by tows. This one is blocked by dams at the upper end. We arrived on schedule at 11:30 and tried to get in where Mrs. Hoppie ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2005 10:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 16 July 2005
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Dinner at the Old House last night was really good. When we got back to the boat a beautiful 65" trawler named Tesoro pulled in for the night. They had come upstream from New Orleans via the Tombigbee on their way to Chicago. In August they go to Blakely Island WA via the Panama Canal. Todd and Sandra ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2005 10:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 15 July 2005
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This is the day we should have been back in Kenlake. However due to the 12 days spent fixing the transmission it was not possible. Today we got fuel, a pump out and headed down the Mississippi. There are two locks but we had almost no waiting because there is one lock for smaller boats and other beside ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2005 10:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 14 July 2005
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Hot, hot, hot. We set the record today for the longest distance in a single day on the loop; 102 miles from Beardstown to Alton, IL. as well as it being the hottest day so far. We left at 5:26AM and were at the first lock at LaGrange by 6:00AM only to find we would have a 1 3/4 hour wait for two barges ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2005 8:26 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 13 July 2005
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Today was a long day with a 70 mile cruise to Beardstown IL. We met one boat on the way, a trawler being delivered by a captain to Michigan. There is no marina here just a barge company that lets you tie up for $20. We are actually tied to what appears to be a retired tow boat as all the space along ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2005 8:25 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 12 July 2005
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The rain came off and on all night. We left Henry at 7:30AM and were glad to get out of the old lock without running aground. It was quite foggy but we could see the buoys. The plan was to go 80 miles to Havana IL and tie up a marina there. A passing towboat captain wanted to know where we were going. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/12/2005 1:46 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 11 July 2005
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We were out of Wilmington before 8:00 and before the marina opened. It will be interesting to see what we are billed for the night as we arrived after it had closed. It was an 80 mile day with 3 locks. The average time for each lock was 53 minutes. The longest wait was at Starved Rock Lock where a split ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2005 1:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 10 July 2005
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Last night we went to Millenium Park for dinner and then watched the fireworks at 10:30PM from the boat. There are fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday on the Chicago waterfront. This morning Mark and Michael arrived at 7:15 and stayed on the boat while Graham and I set out for the South Branch Marina. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2005 1:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 9 July 2005
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Graham, Mark and Michael all showed up around 5:00PM last night dinner was at The Grand Lux on Ontario St. at Michigan Avenue downtown. It was very good and this is a restaurant to be recommended. Today it was a tour of the Field Museum and Millennium Park (see photo - see if you can find Mavis, Graham ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2005 8:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 8 July 2005
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This is a beautiful day in Chicago with a cool wind blowing in from the Lake. Our neighbor on the dock just got a new 37 ft SeaRay named 'Fire Escape'. You can guess that he is a Chicago fireman. He loaned us his truck to go food shopping at the Jewel store about 2 miles from here. With transportation ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2005 6:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 7 July 2005
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It was a lonely day crossing lake Michigan 93 miles from Holland to Chicago. We had the whole lake to ourselves during the 10 hours it took from 6:00AM to 4:00PM. One Lake Freighter crossed our path around 2:30PM and two power boats going in the other direction were sighted. We didn't even see a seagull. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2005 6:12 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 6 July 2005
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The weather forecast had deteriorated some with 10-20 knot North winds and 3-5 ft waves. For Thursday they had forecast calm to 10 knots but now forecast 10-20 knot Northeast winds with waves 2-4 ft. The actual turned out to be 1-2 ft swells and winds of 5-10. If this holds we should have a relatively ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2005 6:56 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 5 July 2005
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We spent the day in Muskegon based on the forecast of 3-5 ft waves. It was a beautiful sunny day but mid morning fog descended on the coast and stayed all day. It was very unusual to see the clouds just stay in the same place all day. A small Navy Marine Museum is nearby so we walked over and toured ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2005 6:38 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 4 July 2005
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The weather forecast was dead-on this morning with rain and a thunderstorm. It was supposed to end later in the morning and promised 10-15 knot winds and 2-4 ft waves with a chance of rain and thunderstorms. It also forecast 3-5's for Tuesday. Thursday is supposed to be calm so we will cross the lake ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2005 8:15 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 3 July 2005
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The weather looked pretty good so we were out of Manistee at 8:00AM. The photo shows the lighthouse at the end of the breakwater. The cat walk was necessary so the lighthouse keeper could get to the light in storms when the waves were over the breakwater. The wind was south at 10-15 and the waves stayed ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2005 7:58 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 2 July 2005
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The weather forecast was good. We cruised 70 miles from Leland to Manistee leaving at 6:00AM and arriving at 1:20PM. We only had to change course twice to allow for the headlands and giant sand banks. There was no problem getting a slip even though this is the 4th of July weekend. This town is quite ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2005 7:47 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 1 July 2005
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Yesterday closed with a spectacular sunset. This far north the sunsets last for what seems to be about an hour. Twilight goes on for another hour. The wind blew all night and the lines creaked endlessly. This morning the weather was true to the forecast with rain and high winds. The temperature dropped ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2005 6:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 30 June 2005
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The National Weather Service forecast this morning was "SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 20 KNOTS BECOMING SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 KNOTS EARLY AFTERNOON. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY EARLY THIS MORNING. WAVES BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FEET. .TONIGHT...SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 25 KNOTS BECOMING WEST OVERNIGHT. WAVES BUILDING ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2005 7:18 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 29 June 2005
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Today we walked around Charlevoix to see the 'smurf' houses. There are 27 buildings in the town that were designed and built by Earl Young in the 1930's (see photo). They are unique with curved cedar roofs, stone walls, and dripping chimneys. Some use large boulders. There is a nice 17,000 sq ft house ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/29/2005 4:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 28 June 2005
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Rather than stay another day on Beaver Island we decided to head for Charlevoix. It was rough (2-5 ft waves) most of the way with a south wind on our starboard quarter. However, we made it safely arriving exactly on time for the bridge opening at 1200. We signed up for two days at the municipal docks ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/28/2005 4:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 27 June 2005
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Cell phone access to the Internet appears to be a lost cause now. The computer refuses to connect. Cingular had 3 different people work on the problem, and our office experts have also worked on the problem. I have put many hours into trying this and that and nothing has restored service. Accordingly ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/27/2005 1:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 26 June 2005
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Dinner at the Grand Hotel (see photo) was a sumptuous 6 course dinner. You could have venison but we chose the roast beef. The Grand has to be one of the last great railroad hotels left over from the early 1900's. Everything is well done with a harp player in the lobby and and extra coffee service. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/26/2005 5:34 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 25 June 2005
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It's the Fudge Capital of the USA. We made it to Mackinac Island in 5 hours from De Tour and got a slip without difficulty. Mackinac seems to be prospering with crowds of people, dozens of fudge shops, museums and gorgeous Victorian buildings. Everything seems to be newly painted. The lilacs are just ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/25/2005 3:11 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 24 June 2005
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Rather than spend another bouncy day going to Mackinac Island, we decided that when we entered the Strait at De Tour if it was too rough we would turn around and stay in the De Tour Harbor. The forecast called for 15-25 Kts and when we got out the in open it was rough so we tied up at De Tour Village. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/24/2005 2:56 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 23 June 2005
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All the weather forecasts were good. We left Blind River at 8:00AM in overcast. Soon the waves were 3-5 ft and we were bouncing around pretty good. Then the radio started talking about severe thunderstorms for Northern Lake Michigan. We went 5 miles extra to reduce the rolling as it was a southwest ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2005 2:55 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 22 June 2005
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The photo shows some of the rocks outside South Benjamin Island last evening. I cruised over in the dingy when the waves had settled down. Around 1:00AM the wind started to blow from the north west in the anchorage. The flags on the mast bang against the side stays and kept waking us up. Finally at ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2005 8:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 21 June 2005
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Breakfast was at the English Pantry in Little Current. Next stop was the Benjamin Islands in the North Channel. This is easily the most spectacular place since Cumberland Island off South Carolina. The water is crystal clear. You can see down 10-15 feet. There are high smooth rock cliffs on each side. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2005 8:50 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 20 June 2005
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Our original plan was to spend a day at Baie Fine and another day at Birch Lodge. However as we are behind schedule we decided to skip these two points and go directly to Little Current on Manitoulin Island. The only road to this huge island crosses at Little Current on a one lane swing bridge. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/20/2005 9:03 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 19 June 2005
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We left the Bustards around 8:00 and followed the Coast Guard's Cove Isle out. It headed up toward the French River and we kept going toward Killarney. At Killarney we tied up to the George Islander Marina owned by the wife of an old college classmate (see photo). We were the first boat of the season. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/19/2005 9:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 17 June 2005
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And another grey rainy day but not as much rain as yesterday. It was a 24 mile cruise through the rocks to Regatta Point on Franklin Island. It is a Provincial Park north of Parry Sound. There was a sail boat in the bay when we got here. We had a get together with Val and Flora. He spent 30 years with ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/17/2005 10:28 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 16 June 2005
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Another grey, rainy day. We were underway at 9:45AM and headed for Rob's cottage at Cognashene. Like many people here Rob has been coming up to Georgian Bay since he was born. They have a beautiful 1930's cottage that has been added onto several times. We had lunch, then did a temporary repair on the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2005 9:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 15 June 2005
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Diesel man, Ron, came at 8:30AM. He removed the injectors and drove to Barrie to have them tested. One needed a new nozzle and all got new springs. It is 1,500 hours since they were last checked so it was time. I went to the Midland Rotary Club for lunch. The speaker was like an old time medicine man ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2005 9:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 14 June 2005
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We had a great steak dinner last night with Karen and Bob and talked about the boating business until late. This morning Mavis went off to do laundry and I stayed on the boat getting a variety of small jobs completed. The diesel man is not coming until Wednesday morning. I spent several hours with Dennis ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/14/2005 4:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 13 June 2005
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The forecast called for lots of rain today. It held off until we were moored in Beacon Bay Marina at Penetang. The mast went back up at the last lock at Port Severn. It was quite a sight to be back with rocks all around and some really narrow channels between them. We got to the marina at 11:30am and ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/13/2005 8:34 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 12 June 2005
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It was foggy when we left the Orillia harbor but it cleared once we were out of Lake Couchiching. The rest of the route took us along the Severn River which winds through narrow granite canyons and lots of cottage country. There are shacks, trailers, and mansions sometimes all mixed together. At Big ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/12/2005 8:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 11 June 2005
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I left the marina at 7:15 to drop the car off at Budget in Orillia. Ted picked me up at 8:00 and drove to the marina at Bolsover. We had breakfast at Twigs and by noon Ted had reinstalled the transmission. As he put it "It will go or blow". We started up the engine and it worked. What a relief! We got ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/11/2005 10:11 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 10 June 2005
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Today we had some good luck. The transmission parts arrived yesterday and were reassembled today. Ted picked up the unit and will install it tomorrow. I will return the rental car in Orillia and he will drive me back to the boat. If all goes well we should make it to Orillia by boat Saturday afternoon. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2005 8:16 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 9 June 2005
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After breakfast at Twig's, another docker, Al, was loading up his 16 ft cuddy cabin cruiser he built from a plan in a 1958 Mechanics Illustrated magazine. Al took 14 years to complete the boat. A friend hand carved the wooden steering wheel. When the friend died a couple of years ago the wheel was at ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/09/2005 6:03 PM by Bob Duthie
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