Iceman Cruising

Vessel Name: Iceman46
Vessel Make/Model: Sea Ray Sundancer 400
Hailing Port: Ecarte Marime , Port Lambton , Ontario, Canada
Crew: Wayne Franklin and Lori Tratnjek
About: yearly cruising of between 1000 & 2000 kt miles thru Lakes Huron & Georgian Bay and/or Lake Erie and/or the Eire Canal , Hudson River , Lake Champlain, St. Lawrence River , Ottawa River, Rideau , and/or Trent-Severn Canal systems
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11 September 2019

September 5th - Sept 10th

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August 28th - Sept 4th

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31 August 2019

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September 5th - Sept 10th

11 September 2019
Wayne Franklin
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We were up early and had a leisurely breakfast as the next lock doesn't open until 10am and we only have 2 ktm to get there . We left Fenlon Falls at 9:20am and arrived at Rosedale lock , tied up and talked to a houseboater while Lori took pictures and the locked through . This is quiet area in the middle of nowhere , great for campers . We were then off to Kirkfield lock through miles of narrow , straight channels , down the lift lock 45 ft and on our way to Canal Lake and the round bridge which Lori really likes and takes pictures every year !! We locked through Bolsover and Talbot locks and stayed at the top of Portage lock for the night . After we were tied up and plugged into the lock house 15 amp power for the night . We walked to the next lock to see who it looked now as they were redoing it last year - all completed - and back before supper and movies .
In the morning we were ready for the first locking and through 2 more locks and a swing bridge and we were out on Lake Simcoe on a cool , cloudy and sometimes rainy day toward Port of Orillia for a 3 night stay . We arrived at 12:35pm . We had lunch and walked up town ending up at Lori's favorite Liquidation world where she bought some things for Florida and to Metro for milk and a fruit tray and back to the boat . Not many boats in the marina .
On the 7th Lori did laundry and I washed the boat and cleaned inside . We walked up to the Liquidation store - Lori spent an hour or so while I looked at movies and found 9 which I traded for 18 I don't watch any more - happy . We then went to shoppers and back to the boat . I talked to some boaters - 1 from Michigan and 1 from near Orillia . We had supper and the went for a walk in the park area near the Marina and checked out an over 100 year old chip stand which is still in the same family - pictures on the side of the building . It has been raining off and on all day .
I was up early and decided that we should leave today even though we have a free nights stay as the weather is better in Georgian Bay if we can get there today . When Lori got up I told that I thought we should leave even though she doesn't like surprises . She said ok and headed for the Metro and to return the marina card and get the $10 deposit back . No one was there but some boaters said to just slide it on the desk and call later . We were on our way by 9:20am and were at the first lock by just after 1oam and on our way to lock 43 , Big Chute and lock 45 and Georgian Bay and fuel and Midland Harbour . We tied up for the night and met a few people before turning in for an early start in the morning .
On the 9th we ready to leave as the fog lifted at 7:25am heading for Lion's Head through the gap east of Christian Island annd ran about 280 degrees across the bay ending up at Lion's Head . We tied up and walked up town for lunch and a look around . We asked a guy in a car which way was up town and he said your there !! We had lunch and walk and returned to the boat - not much going on !!
We cleaned and I check the batteries and the motors , watched a movie and had supper and an after dinner walk . I was watching the weather and we looked good in the morning early .
We were up and left as soon as we could see and about 20 minutes later we hear a high wind warning on the radio - yup , I had listened to the radio and there was no weather report on any channel . It turned out not bad as we only encountered 4 to 5 footers with the odd 6 footer as a mostly following sea . Within an hour we were around Cabot Head on our way to Tobermory . We arrived at 8:45am , waited in the rain before fueling up and then tied up at the end of the long dock in Little Tub . It rained off and on during the day . We did get a walk in for exercise and a look around . Movies after supper .

August 28th - Sept 4th

10 September 2019
Wayne Franklin
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On the 28th we left Peterborough at 9:05am and locked up all day with 3 houseboats - scary !! It took us til 3pm to get there doing 7 locks . Long tough day !! We had a couple of bers to rest and then supper and a walk .
We were up and ready to leave at 9am heading for Young's Point lock , Burrliegh Falls , Lovesick and on to Buckhorn for the night arriving at 12:20pm . We were off to Aldoro's Pizza for lunch - Great as always . At night on a windy rainy night a houseboat had a campfire on the top and some boaters had a fire in a fire pit near the boat - strong smoke smell . It rained a lot at night .
On the the 30th we left Buckhorn on a sunny morning for Bobcaygeon arriving at 9:20am and were surprised to find a spot with power . Soon the lock area was full of houseboats trying to get through the lock . Every company has all there boats leave the same day and no one is very good at driving - real " shit show ". Internet was supplied by cable cable free . Laura and Claudio were here for drinks .
On the 31st Lori walked over to the Bigley shoe store while I showered and vacuumed the boat . Lots of houseboats all day . The Kawaratha Voyager cruise boat is staying overnight so they need the entire gray line from the blue line on - there is a lot of scrambling for spots . I talked a lot to Randy , a boater who was an engineer and knows a lot about solar panels and battery chargers and a lot of stuff . He says to call and he will help me out . We also met Daryl and his wife who are trying to retire out of the furnature business - we met in 2008 .
On Sept 1st we got a pumpout and then locked through and headed for Fenlon Falls arriving at 12:45pm but it took us til 2:45pm to get a spot with power and water - had to wait for day boaters to leave . Lot of day boaters and sea doo's all the time .
the 2nd was a rainy drizzley day , we did laundry and I washed the boat , movies . We went for a walk after supper . The 3rd was a cool day and I worked on the synchronizer and Lori fixed some drawer liners , and movies and walking . On the 4th the lock people let us stay another night as it is so windy and cold . We went for a walk and and toured Cdn Tire and Home Hardware . After supper we went for another walk around town .

August 17th - August 25th

04 September 2019
Wayne Franklin
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We went to the local market near the boat in the misty weather and then the rain started . We had hung around to piss off some Belleville boaters who tried to screw us out of our power . Off we down the Napanee River in the rain knowing where the buoys are by sight and following the red line on the chart plotter which sometimes takes me on what appears to be land as the charts don't exist in the river . It pretty much quit raining by the time we got to Long Reach . We arrived in the Trent Port marina about 2:20pm . Lori did wash . I couldn't get reservations at Tomasso's so Shawna and Jerry got reservations at a restaurant near their home - Great . They dropped us off at the marina .
In the morning Lori did laundry and I worked around the boat . Then we walked up town only to find out most stores were closed . Later we had Carol and Gary from Illinois over for drinks and found out they are doing the Trent Severn and maybe the Rideau after !! They are in a 27 ft small boat he bought and fixed up . Really looks great but as we found out a few days later still has a few issues but they are still boating in "D DUCK" .
On the 19th Lori walked up town to a walk-in-clinic to get something for her feet . I met her there and we went to Tomasso's for lunch . Then back to the boat to get ready to have Carol and Michael over for afternoon drinks and snacks and chatting . As they left Shawna and Jerry dropped by before we leave tomorrow morning . We did a final load of wash and then watched a movie .
On the 20th we left for Frankfort at 9am and after 6 locks we arrived at lock 6 and tied up for 2 nights . We walked into town for something to do , had a snoop in the grocery store and bought a drumstick and walked back to the boat . We slept in the next morning and they started getting ready for Mark Dobson to come for lunch . He comes to see us every summer - he was the chief scout for the Winnipeg Jets and now is starting to retire a little bit each over the next few years . We hope to see him in Florida . We had a short nap and caught up on emails .We left Frankford at 8:20am and before we got to lock 7 we saw Mark at his cottage along the Trent River and waved good bye . There are lots of camp grounds along the way to lock 8 , Percy''s Reach . We arrived at Campbellford at 1:10pm and the sun is still shining !!
We worked cleaning the boat , Lori inside and me on the deck cleaning carpets , hosed out the boat floor , wiped down the seats and washed the boat . We walked to the Canadian Tire and a flee market . Lori bought stuff and the market and I bought stuff at Cdn Tire . Lori stopped at No Frills on the way back to the boat . We met a couple from Brighten on the dock and chatted for about an hour , and then movie night .
On the 24th Lori was up early and headed to the bakery only to find out you can't get apple fritters til 9:30am , settled for do nut holes , not so great . We did No Frills in the afternoon for some sale items and then walked the trail from the boat to the swinging bridge and back for the sights and exercise about 1 1/2 hr .
On the 25th we had the heat on in the am to warm things up and left Campbellford about 8:20am and ended locking thru with 2 boats from Belleville who were going as far as they could for a week . One couple had had about all they could stand of the other as Lori found out in the lock at Hastings . We arrived in the marina at 1:40pm . We met Gary and Carol whom we had met in Trenton as they had boat problems but were finally ready to get going .
On the 26th we headed for Peterborough at 7:25 am after exchanging some dvd's at the marina . There are lots more campgrounds along the way before Rice Lake . As we slowed to enter the Otonabee River the synchronizer quit working so onto manual throttles . We arrived in Peterborough at 11:55am . We walked to Farmboy and bought some meat and cheese . We bought some beef for Gary and Carol and they loved it . Great day !!
On the 27th it was dull and rainy so it was laundry and a walk to No Frills and the boat store - bought new boat brush and plastic cleaner . Lori treated us to chicken wings at Riley's along with a beer chaser - Great .

August 12th - August 16th

02 September 2019
Wayne Franklin
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We left Kingston about 10am heading toward Picton . Lots of sailboats out today for the first bit and the training people don't seem to have the people under control . It was a bit windy but no big following sea. We arrived in Picton at 1:40pm and spent the day cleaning the boat and going for a walk up town .
Friends Geoff and Marianne met us where we were tied up at the hotel marina and we had breakfast and then we sat outside and talked . Marianne and Geoff went home and then Marianne came back to town and she and Lori got their hair cut and then picked me up and we went to their place and stayed over night ,played cards and talked . The next morning we spent at their place and then Marianne , Lori and I went into town as Marianne had to volunteer at the senior used store . Lori went with Marianne and I did odd jobs on the boat and then back to their place for supper and fun . On the 15th Marianne drove us to the boat about and we left Picton about 11:30am and headed to Napanee up the Napanee River . As it is not a Coast Guard buoyed channel it does not have charts . It was interesting finding our way up stream looking for the buoys . We arrived at 2:30pm and got plugged into the only 30 amp outlet left . We took a walk uptown and had a look around and had a beer at the Legion with a bunch of great guys . We had supper at the Waterfront Restaurant - great . We were on a walk when we saw Dave and Tanya - we met them in the Rideau Canal - and they came to the boat for drinks and had some gifts for us from the town as he is a councilor .
On the 16th we walked again to the TD bank and I got my Canadian US bank account and put the money that I got at the Ottawa money exchange into it . Then we went looking for a chart of the Napanee River from the town , then the County .We then walked to the Legion as we thought there was lunch - not today so we had a beer and walked to the Greek restaurant called Santorina's for lunch . Back at the boat I called Transport Canada and got transferred to the Coast Guard who told me it was the Quinte Conservation Area who charted and set the buoys , about 3 hours on the phone . GEE !! We played board games and had supper and movies . We are leaving for Trenton in the morning .

August 5th to August 11th

02 September 2019
Wayne Franklin
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I had cleaned the fuel filters the day before and had an air lock and had trouble starting the port motor - everything good . We are off to Chaffey's lock today for a 2 night stay . We arrive and get a great spot to tie up right at the lock . We had planned to stop at Newboro but it was full . A few days ago I had written on the AGLCA to people trying to find out to get their son from Ottawa to meet them . They took one of my options - the train to Kingston - and they pulled into Chaffey" lock and we went over to meet them .
On the 6th we We walked a bit and ended up at the Opinicon Inn for ice cream and used their wifi for a while . It started to rain in the late afternoon and after supper we went for a walk and we met Steve and Arlene who used to have a pontoon boat "Minnow" and we met them at Poomanallee lock . Found out a bit more about solar .
On the 7th we moved on to Davis lock and got a good tie spot - with a screaming little kid in the boat behind us . Everyone at the lock could hear her including the lock staff who said it had been going on for a day already . While we were there Peter and Kathy Slykerman , who used to live in Ingersoll , stopped to lock through in their boat - we had a short talk . And we watched movies !!!
The next day the boat with "kid" left - quiet . We did some walking and talked to some boaters but mostly QC boats . We are not going to get to see Maggie and Grant this year as they are having company . We will move on tomorrow .
On the 9th we left Davis lock and were held up at Jones Falls as they were working on the lock gates . While at Jones Fall we met Dave and Tanya from Napanee and had a great talk and they suggested that we go up the Napanee River for a visit . When we cleared the lock we were on our way to Upper Brewers where we tied up for 1 night , not much going on here . It rained soon after we got here .
On the 10th we headed for Kingston marina for a 2 night stay . When we arrived at Lower Brewers lock we had to sit and wait while they filled the lock and swung the bridge - very slow opening . This is the second bridge we noticed is very slow - Brass Point Bridge is the same - which can be dangerous in the wind at both places . At Kingston Mills lock we had to sit in the bay for 20 minutes as the lock was backed up . 4 boats were there for 45 minutes before they could get on the blue line . Boats do not pull up so there is room for more boats and the lock people Do Not take the responsibility to get boaters to tie their boats closer - IT'S THEIR LOCK !!! We finally got through and to Kingston Marina at 1:55pm for 2 nights before heading to Picton .We walked up town for a while in the afternoon , supper and movies . We did laundry the next morning and I hauled 8 cases of water to the boat while Lori did the laundry and grocery shopping . After lunch we walked to the waterfront for a while , tried to get into a restaurant with lots of seats open and finally left . We had a beer on the boat instead , emails , supper and movies .

July28th - August 4th

31 August 2019
Wayne Franklin
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We had filled the filled the water tank and then left Smiths Falls heading to Lower Beveridges lock and arrived at 12:45pm . We had to tie on the Blue Line as there was no open space on the gray line . We met Jules and Carol for the 1st time this year and caught up a bit and then had them over for board games in the evening . the next morning we moved to the other side to tie up and spent day mostly with them .
They left in the morning and we walked a lot and readies to leave for the Narrows in the morning .
On the 31st we headed for the Narrows lock and tied up at 10:30am to stay the night . It was a great day with lots of cottages to see .
We are off to West Port tomorrow .
We headed for West Port for a 4 day stay of visiting and trips to the winery and beer store , Steve's restaurant , and the $store .
We leave for the Chaffeys lock tomorrow .
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