Log of sv 'French Connection'

15 August 2012
11 August 2012 | Sarnia
10 August 2012
08 August 2012
07 August 2012 | Pt Elgin
03 August 2012
31 July 2012 | Beardrop
30 July 2012
24 July 2012 | Presque Isle, Michigan
22 July 2012 | Harrisville
21 July 2012 | Harbor Beach
21 July 2012 | Sarnia, Ontario
19 July 2012 | Sarnia, Ontario
16 July 2012 | Harsens Island, Michigan
16 July 2012 | Middle Bass & Grosse Isle
28 June 2012 | Catawba Island
31 July 2009 | Catawba Island

Rest – order of the day

11 July 2009 | Presque Isle
It's amazing how regenerative a couple of days on the boat at the dock can be. Even Vixen has been resting as she checks out the dock activity from her new perch. God forbid someone should walk by and not pay attention to her.

The trip up was really tough on the body - none of us slept much that second night. So catch-up rest and sleep are the order of the day(s) while we await our friends who are now in Harrisville - just south of us.

I think (fingers crossed) that I've got the wet locker leak fixed. Tim, the fast cure 5200 was a great idea - it set in about 4 hours. The fuel cap that went in the water, on the other hand is that sacrificial boat part that we all must offer up to the gods from time to time. I was able to borrow a net to dredge the bottom - and spent about a day going back and forth stirring up all kinds of stuff in this muddy bottom - but no luck. Fortunately it is a direct swap with the stern water tank filler cap. Since we only use the stern tank to balance the boat, that gets a rag as the filler cap and the fuel cap is 'fixed'.

We spent the rest of the first day walking to both the old lighthouse (1830) and the new one that was established in 1870. The walk ended up being longer than intended but nice to see both Lighthouses. Kat made a wonderful chicken and rice dinner with freshly baked bread. The second day we took Vixen to the beach and sand dunes - she loves to run after the waves - thanks to Alex and Stephanie who regularly take her to the beach. Last night's dinner was breaded pork. The only thing that would have made this meal better would have been a nice young Pinot Noir, but I'm not going into the wine cellar until we're finally in Canada as our on board supply is limited and the selection in the Ontario stores is restricted to the equivalent of Catawba Reds (our CIC friends will understand). It's amazing how much we use the galley compared to our previous boat, I don't think we ever turned on the stove/oven on the 38.

The weather is challenging in many respects, a thunderstorm blew through 2 nights ago with strong winds and a downpour, Yesterday the wind in the harbor blew a steady 15 with gusts to 20. It's interesting that except for the 4th weekend with little to no wind, we have had very windy conditions (and cold) for the past month. The heat is on in the boat - and we're dressed in fall clothes. We're ready for some warm and becalmed days.

July 12th
This morning we heard our friends talking on the VHF so we know they are on the way - we're very excited to meet up with them.
Vessel Name: French Connection
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 423
Hailing Port: Catawba Island, Ohio
Crew: Tony & Kat
We started sailing 27 years ago on a 17' boat in Chicago. Once we found out small boats and big lakes don't mix we quickly upgraded to a 30' then progressed through 34, 38 and our most recent acquisition is a 42. [...]

Who: Tony & Kat
Port: Catawba Island, Ohio
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