Here are the Blogs in the Great Loop Cruise Leg 4 category.
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Wednesday, 8 June 2005
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This was a slow day with no photos taken. However, since so far I have taken over 700, I'll use one from a few days ago that shows what a beautiful spot we are stranded in. We met Don's son, Steve, who is a croupier at the Niagara Falls casino. We learned quite a lot about the gambling business from ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/08/2005 9:52 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 7 June 2005
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It has now been one week since the transmission seized up at Kirkfield. I was able to visit the rebuilder in Orillia today and had a look at the mangled gears. Various teeth were broken off (see photo just left of the finger) and jammed the bevel gears, fortunately for us in forward. The parts should ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/07/2005 7:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 6 June 2005
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Breakfast was the apple fritters we bought at the Mariposa Market.(see photo) They are far better than the ones you get these days at Tim Horton's. Then I tackled the rebuilding of the aft head. That is a horrible job with nothing easy to get at and tight spaces. There was one bolt that took 2 hours ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/06/2005 10:09 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 5 June 2005
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Breakfast was at Twig's with Gordy and Sue from the Loonasea. The pancake is superb (see photo) but I had to supply our own maple syrup. (Dave used to offer real maple syrup for an extra charge but only 2 people in a year asked for it.) Our syrup was a gift from Gordon Shaw whose cousin has a sugar ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2005 7:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 4 June 2005
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This has been a slow day until around 4:00PM when the 45 foot Loonasea arrived. Loonasea is also doing the Great Loop but hit an underwater object near here and limped into Port of Call Marina. Once again Ted was available to assist. They called a diver from Peterborough to come and check the props ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/04/2005 7:37 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 3 June 2005
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A view of the dining room on the Wenonah II ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/03/2005 8:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 3 June 2005
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Today we were picked up by an old Queen's University friend, Dr. Gordon C. Shaw, who has chosen in his retirement to be President of the Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society. This is a major attraction and economic development engine in the area with a museum, two restored steam powered ships and ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/03/2005 8:37 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 2 June 2005
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The shop in Orillia took the transmission apart today and found a lot of damage. It will take them until tomorrow to come up with a repair estimate. Then we have to decide whether to rebuild it or buy a new one. How long this will take we don't know but it looks like we will be here in Bolsover for ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/02/2005 7:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 1 June 2005
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Breakfast was at Twigs, a small restaurant beside the marina. Dave, the owner, spent a lot of time to tell me about the new water regulations that became effective today. He has to spend $3,000 per year on water testing. This is a result of a bad water situation in one Ontario town where the water utility ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/01/2005 9:31 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 31 May 2005
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It was my worst nightmare. Entering the tub of a lift lock 50 ft in the air and having the engine stall. Can I stop the boat before hitting the end of the tub and soaring into space. That's what happened today. Fortunately we were going very slowly and the lockmaster and Mavis got the lines secured ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2005 8:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 30 May 2005
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The weather was just like yesterday which was just the day before. It did rain a little at dinner time. The cruise to Bobcaygeon was very uneventful. There were just 4 locks. The town has changed a great deal from our last visit in 1974. Where there was a beautiful old cottage there is now a gated community. ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/30/2005 8:06 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 29 May 2005
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Talk about a slow day. Today we went 23 miles in 6 hours. That's an average of less than 4 miles per hour. There were 8 locks and even though we were the only boat on the entire canal each lock took forever. The weather was just like yesterday with sun and blue sky followed by a little rain and very ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/29/2005 8:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 28 May 2005
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The weather today was identical to yesterday. Sunny, clouded over, a little rain, then cleared up, and warmed up with a nice sunset. Only one lock just before Peterborough. We cruised Rice Lake which is long and shallow for about 8 miles straight, then up the Otonabee River which meanders quite a bit. ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/28/2005 7:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 27 May 2005
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Hastings is another small river town but a very popular stop on the Trent-Severn Canal. It costs $0.70 per foot to stay on the lock wall with no services or $1.00 per foot to stay in a brand new marina with power, water, and a pump-out in every slip. There is a computer with high speed Internet access ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/27/2005 4:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 26 May 2005
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Tim Horton's provided breakfast and we were off at 8:30AM. We got to lock 1 at 9:05AM but had to wait on the blue line while they emptied the lock. A 'transit pass' cost $C156 but you can get a refund for the 7% GST tax. A transit pass is a one way ticket to Georgian Bay.Then it was lock after lock ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/26/2005 4:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 25 May 2005
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This was the first sunny day since Saturday with temperatures in the high 70's. We covered about 40 miles to reach Trenton in 4.5 hours. The photo is on the Bay of Quinte near Belleville. This is one of the best places to sail in Ontario as the Bay is deep, wide and windy. I washed the boat for the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/25/2005 8:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 24 May 2005
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Today like the last 2 days was windy (15-20 mph), overcast and cold (50 degrees F). We left at 7:51 for Picton and arrived at 12:00 noon. The wind was from the North East and blew straight down the Adolphus Reach on our stern. The autopilot couldn't cope with the 3-4 ft waves so we had to steer manually. ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/24/2005 8:19 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 23 May 2005
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I spent the morning at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. (see photo). The ship in the picture is a retired Coast Guard icebreaker the Alexander Henry. The officer and crew cabins are used as a B&B in the summer. They are just as sparse as they were when the ship was active. After lunch we walked ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/23/2005 8:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 22 May 2005
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Last night we watched the movie Jaws on our DVD. It is 30 years ago that we saw the movie in the theater here in Kingston. After the movie we spent a restless night on our boat in this same marina. We walked over to the nearest Tim Horton's Donuts for breakfast. It was jammed with people and the service ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/22/2005 2:47 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 21 May 2005
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This was a near perfect day for the cruise to Kingston. It was partly cloudy but with the wind behind us we were able to sit up top where it was warm. Herb, Katherine, and Maureen all came with us. I learned that there are some earthworks on Bridge Island that are left over from the war of 1812 where ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2005 2:46 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 20 May 2005
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This was a good day to tour Brockville and see the changes that have been made. We spent a couple of hours at the Yacht Club and saw quite a few people we used to boat with. Word had gotten around town that there was an American boat in Molly's Gut and people were wondering who it was. One of the people ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/20/2005 9:35 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 19 May 2005
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It was sunny today and gorgeous. The water here is perfectly clear. It was a good time to take a movie of the bow thruster in operation. It sort of makes a big bubble and was not terribly exciting. We took Lou's car and went into town to get Canadian cash so we can avoid the new 3% charge the credit ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/19/2005 8:08 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 18 May 2005
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Had breakfast at the Harbor Inn for the last time. We had to wait for the UPS truck to come to the museum with a part I ordered for the generator. We left the dock at 11:00 and headed for Brockville. The current under the 1000 Islands Bridge was running about 2 mph so we made good time. We passed the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2005 8:57 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 17 May 2005
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Over the air TV reception was pretty good here last night and we were able to watch the "Everybody Loves Raymond" finale. The Directv satellite tracking system doesn't show the networks since we are so far from Nashville. Breakfast was at the Harbor Inn (see photo) where they even have USA Today and ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/17/2005 3:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 16 May 2005
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I spent the first part of the day on the phone with Winter Harbor. They are ordering every part they think might be bad and when the parts arrive (hopefully Tuesday) they will send a mechanic to work on the boat here. We could not have a nicer place to wait as the 1000 Islands Antique Boat Museum is ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/16/2005 2:16 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 15 May 2005
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At 6:45AM just when I needed the new bow thruster to get out of our slip it failed. A loud squeal and then just the motor spinning with no thrust. We got out without hitting anything on a heading of 006 degrees true for Galloo Island 29 miles north. The waves were 1-2 feet high from the south west so ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2005 2:15 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 14 May 2005
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It was a rainy night but no leaks so we didn't mind at all. We left about 7:45AM and encountered our first lock within 20 minutes. There were 7 more locks along the Oswego River. Lunch was at a restaurant called Lock 3 at Fulton NY. It was good but service was slow. Almost everyone there was all dressed ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2005 2:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 13 May 2005
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Last night was a record cold, but today was beautiful day warming up into the 60's. This morning we toured the new paint booth which was used to paint the Katy Leigh this morning. It can hold an 80 foot boat. We found out the epoxy paint they use works out to a cost of $1000 per gallon. Katy Leigh was ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2005 2:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 12 May 2005
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It's great to be back. We arrived at Winter Harbor marina about 4:00PM. The Katy Leigh was launched and just shining with its new paint job. A worker at the marina was washing the boat down. The power was on. The water was on. Everything we tried was working. We could not ask for more. Tomorrow, Jim ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/12/2005 12:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 6 May 2005
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Potential scary days in a trip like this are the crossings of large bodies of water. Next weekend we expect to cross Lake Ontario. If you want to see how high the waves are on our crossing there is a phone number that provides reports from buoys floating in the middle of Lake Ontario. You can get the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/06/2005 9:41 AM by Bob Duthie
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