MacDonald On The Water

04 March 2019 | Mississauga for the winter
07 November 2018
21 October 2018 | South of Port Credit
28 June 2018 | 1 nmi south of Port Credit
26 June 2018 | PCHM
28 April 2018 | PCHM
14 January 2018 | Port Credit Harbour Marina (still)
01 June 2015 | Port Credit/Gazebo Bay
30 April 2015 | PCHM B dock (until G dock stops sinking)
06 November 2014 | Port Credit
17 October 2014 | South of Port Credit
26 June 2014 | South of Port Credit
09 June 2014 | Southwest of Port Credit
05 June 2014 | PCHM
28 May 2014 | South of Port Credit
20 May 2014 | PCHM
15 May 2014 | PCHM
03 May 2014 | Cobourg

Getting exited about this summer

04 March 2019 | Mississauga for the winter
randall macdonald
Last fall, when hauling Shirley Anne out for the winter, I accidentally kicked the port viewport (window) with my foot and broke the plexiglas. So, I bought some new plexiglas from Plastic World in Toronto to replace both salon viewports, starboard and port. But this plexiglas purchase gave me an idea.

I went to Google Earth and found a location with a 100 meter depth

N43.44954° W79.44109°
N43° 26.972' W79°26.465'
N43° 26' 58.34" W79° 26' 27.92"

100 m = 328 ft
981 kPa = 142.282 psi
From Port Credit to here: 135°T
8.45 nmi

Now, you may ask why. So I shall tell you that I plan to lower my Samsung Galaxy S8+ to the bottom of Lake Ontario at that location, 100 meters down, and take a video of what's down there. I assume it will just be a large, flat plain of mud, but that's fine. I just want to accomplish the dive and get my precious cellphone back in working order.

I have two pieces of 3/4" plexiglas. To act as a frame offset, I got 1 piece of 1/2" plexiglas that will be cut out to fit the cellphone into. The, using the two 3/4" pieces as top and bottom pressure plates to keep the water and pressure out, I'll bolt everything together with the cellphone inside.

I have already tested the camera's ability to see through 3/4" of pressure plate plexiglas clearly. The only problem I discovered was the camera had trouble auto-focusing from far to near. I may have to force the focus to far focus. Not sure yet.

The next thing to do is to find a suitable material to be pressure gaskets between the top pressure plate and the frame offset. While the plexiglas will easily generate more than the 500 psi pressure on all three pieces, the pressure gasket must also handle that pressure without failing or deforming too much. Simple rubber will not withstand that much so the gasket material can't be rubber. Not sure what I can use yet.

It's all a work in progress and I have several months to get it all right before the empty dive test followed by the actual cellphone dive. It's a fun project I have been planning all winter. A totally useless project that I really want to have in my life right now.

Later, I plan some weekend sails to Hamilton Harbour, Port Dalhousie, Niagara-on-the-lake, and even the Toronto Islands. This summer is going to be full of such great adventures.

November chill

07 November 2018
Shirley Anne is scheduled to come out of the water on November 30. So, I am getting ready to do odd refitting and maintenance during the winter months. I will be storing the mast off the boat so I can work on it, as well. I plan to find out why the steaming light didn't come on, change the halyards for new ones, maybe change some of the turnbuckles, and stuff.

Went to a local electronics store who sold 1 mm polyester "twine" thinking it was just cheap parcel wrap. There was no breaking strength listed on the label so I set up some weights and tested the line. It broke at 95 lbs. ONE millimeter line.

This ain't downtown shopping

21 October 2018 | South of Port Credit
This, more than anything else, is why I am drawn so strongly to the seas that God has created for me. Who, with oil paints or charcoal crayons, can design such a picture that comes anywhere near to the diamond sparkles my eyes saw, to the warm wind kisses my face felt and my nose filled my breast with that day? The Shirley Anne did have a music radio playing earlier in that voyage to nowhere, but I had turned it off so I could hear the lake waters talk to me through its caresses of the dancing sailboat that I stood swaying on.

Shirley Anne carried me there on October 21, 2018 so I could experience all of that and more.

Anchor's aweigh

28 June 2018 | 1 nmi south of Port Credit
Weather: perfectly clear
Well, not exactly anchor's aweigh. Actually, it's anchor is away because I donated it to Lake Ontario the other day. I was going to practice anchoring. All I accomplished was rope burns on my hand, $70 to buy a replacement anchor, and reduce my anchor rode inventory from two 100 foot lengths to one 100 foot length.

I am so embarrassed at this mistake. It's a newbie screw up. I was seriously considering not making this post but, well, apparently I'm stupid with posting, also.

Vessel Name: Shirley Anne
Vessel Make/Model: Grampian 26
Hailing Port: Port Credit, ON, Canada
Crew: Randall H. MacDonald
About: Single Handed
Extra: Mysfit was a steel hulled sloop. Sam's Closin' Time is a Grampian renamed Shirley Anne
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Shirley Anne's Photos -


Who: Randall H. MacDonald
Port: Port Credit, ON, Canada