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Sun Aug 8 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

View from the top of the hill.

Sat Aug 7 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

I saw several plywood rowboats like this one around Hopedale, where they are used for fishing and rowing around. Note the thole pins for oarlocks.

Sun Aug 8 21:38:05 EDT 2010 | George Conk

What kind of fishing do they do with the skiffs?

Simple but strong row boat. You could make it with a circular saw and a sabre saw.

Thole pins are fashionable in the classic rowing world.
- George
Mon Aug 9 17:41:11 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
I think they just fish with rod and reel from the rowboats...mostly for arctic char, which is very good eating.

I like thole pins--they are functional and much easier to fix when broken than pretty bronze rowlocks with weak shafts.
Tue Aug 10 14:52:41 EDT 2010 | Brian
The little boats are called ‘flats’ locally. In time past they were towed or carried on top of larger ‘trap boats’ when Inuit went to their traditional fishing places.
Gill nets were set for arctic char and salmon on the outer Islands.
Hunting Party
Fri Aug 6 7:42:52 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

Four-wheelers are very popular in northern Canada. What roads exist are gravel and not very long, and the four-wheelers/ATVs work well on them and on the many trails.

Hopedale Dock
Fri Aug 6 7:36:47 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

The public dock is a popular place. The children are playing and I believe the adults are getting ready to go seal hunting.

Thu Aug 5 6:41:44 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

View from the public dock. Canada has a great system of public docks in most towns. No services are provided, but anyone can tie up to them for a limited period of time.

Thu Aug 5 11:41:44 EDT 2010 | george ray
I only see two more ferry stops north of Hopedale, ...... Natuashish and then Nain. How far north are you heading?
Fri Aug 6 7:37:39 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
How far north we go will depend on weather, time and how well the repairs worked.
Sailing into Hopedale
Tue Aug 3 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Hopedale, Labrador, Canada

We sailed up the Labrador coast to Hopedale, where we are approaching the anchorage in the picture. Hopedale is a fairly long way in from the outer islands (about 30 miles), so, arriving late enough yesterday to be unable to reach Hopedale before dark, we hove-to offshore for the night, then sailed in the morning.

Hopedale is the site of a Moravian church and a museum which we plan to visit.

Yann's vacation time has finished, so, sadly for us, he has returned to France.

Tue Aug 3 20:14:01 EDT 2010 | george ray
Hopefully Yann salted some fish for you while he was aboard.
Wed Aug 4 8:45:34 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
We haven't done so well with the fishing. other than some fish off the dock in Cartwright Haven't tried really hard...mostly just troll during the day (the line catches birds if left in the water when the light is dim) while underway.

I've asked commercial fishermen about trolling here...they said they've not heard of anyone trying it.
More Rigging Work
Mon Aug 2 10:00:00 EDT 2010, Cartwright, Labrador, Canada

We went back to Cartwright a few days ago (we are north of there now) for more work on the rigging.

Bergy Bit
Sun Aug 1 10:00:00 EDT 2010

A bergy bit is a large piece of glacier ice (not sea ice), but smaller than an iceberg. Bergy bits extend more than 1m above sea level and generally less than 5m above sea level.

Labrador Coast
Fri Jul 30 10:00:00 EDT 2010

When the sun is shining, the Labrador coast is really beautiful, full of islands, rocks and snow or tree-covered hills. Here we are sailing into a cove to anchor to wait out a coming gale.

Cartwright Ferry
Thu Jul 29 12:00:00 EDT 2010, Cartwright, Labrador, Canada

One of the Cartwright ferries. Cartwright used to be at the end of the road (which went to a ferry that went to the island of Newfoundland), and from here, one needed to take a ferry to Goose Bay to get to the rest of Canada. Recently, a new road was opened between Cartwright and Goose Bay.

We have been sitting out a gale in Cartwright. A noticeable thing in this pleasant town of 600 is that the phrase "Beautiful Day" is used like "Hello". The weather doesn't seem to have any effect on whether or not one should say "hello" or "beautiful day". Yesterday, in the driving wind and rain of the gale, walking past a person on the muddy road, our conversation went: "Beautiful Day?" "Beautiful Day"

Sun Oct 24 21:50:28 EDT 2010 | Wrner Baeumler
Very interesting your account of your repairs at Cartwright.We too were in Cartwright with rigging failure,the forstay on my cutter rigged Bayfield 36 parted while we were 60 miles from Greenland on our way to the Med.Also on our way back to Labrador our fuel pump gave out and we had to sail under duoble reefed main and our staysail.We left for Greenland from Charlottetown/Lab.on July23/2010 and got back to Cartwright onAug.4/2010.Now we are back in Toronto and hope to try again next year.
Fair winds,
Werner Baeumler -S/V Queen Colleen II

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