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

Bayfield Day 2

28 July 2009
This little town is truly the highlight of our trip and is made even better with our friends being there. We had a leisurely day, with Vixen getting plenty of exercise walking up the hill into town.

Did I mention galleries? This is where we bought the paintings that now decorate both French Connection and our home. So with our 'art consultant', Ava and her consort Michael, off we went to Turner and then Martin galleries. Turner is where we bought the McKnight paintings so we had high hopes we could find something for the fireplace. Alas nothing that really stood out for the fireplace, although we did see a wonderful abstract that could go on another wall, we were just about ready to buy it when the clerk found out they made a mistake on the price (by $900). That sealed the no-deal so off to lunch and then the Martin gallery.

By the way if you're in Bayfield, you have to have lunch at the Black Dog, awesome and they have a bakery there as well. Anyway back to the Martin gallery, where all four of us spotted a painting that we instantly agreed on. It's a wonderful encaustic oil abstract done by Fiona Hoop, a pseudonym for two Toronto artists. A little negotiating and the deal is done - now how to get it home since its 36x42. The sensible approach was to have them ship it - so they priced it out with insurance, duty, etc. the price was $600. I don't think so. Back to the boat to measure the companionway - it looked like it was going to fit so we had them wrap it and deliver it. With a little grease (just kidding) it fit through the companionway.

We had the most wonderful evening starting out with drinks and appetizers (better than dinner) on Michael and Ava's boat followed by a leisurely walk into town to the ice cream shop followed by a a sunset walk along the beach - it doesn't get any better than this. Tomorrow off to Sarnia.
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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