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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01 October 2019

September 11th to 16th

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11 September 2019

September 5th - Sept 10th

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10 September 2019

August 28th - Sept 4th

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04 September 2019

August 17th - August 25th

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September 27th - October 9th

20 October 2019
Wayne Franklin
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We got a pump out in Sarnia and I headed to St Clair Harbour for fuel and then to Ecarte Marina . Lori drove her car to the marina and started the laundry until I got there . We went to the Black Goose for lunch and then returned to change and sample the oil and change the oil filters .
On the 28th Lori defrosted the fridge and I changed the fuel racor filters for all motors . We talked to George and Jenny .
We tidied up the boat and drove home . I returned to the boat Sunday night to continue getting the boat ready for winter storage .

September 17th to September 26th

01 October 2019
Wayne Franklin
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Terry from Toromont came to do the top end check on the motors arriving at 8am and was finished at 11am . I found out that the Starboard alternator was not working so I ordered a new one . Wednesday was spent cleaning the boat and getting some things ready to load in the rental car on Thursday am to drive to Ingersoll to get Lori's car and return to Sarnia .

September 11th to 16th

01 October 2019
Wayne Franklin
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Well , the wind was up again today so we stayed put for another day . We did some window shopping and a lot of walking , had supper and movies and are ready to leave at sun up for Kincardine for a few days and visit Rick and Cheryl and Cindy and Greg . We were up early and headed out into Lake Huron . T wind was off shore so we had to hug the shore instead of running a straight line across the Lake to Kincardine . It was not too bad as a beam sea with the odd rougher spot . We arrived at Kincardine as the wind was dropping and got into our slip . We headed up town for lunch at the Chinese restaurant as we did last year. We walked the town and headed back to the boat . I called Rick and he came to the boat in the afternoon . We did a lot of walking out to the No Frills and Lori did some shopping on Friday . On Saturday Greg called to see if we could come to their place for supper . Cindy picked us up and we had a great afternoon and evening at their place and Cindy drove us back . Sunday it rained and then we went for a walk on the boardwalk , supper and movies . On Monday we were up early and headed for Sarnia . We arrived about 11 am and tied up . We plan to stay for at least a week to get the motors checked and maybe get the plastics at the front replaced .

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 .
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