The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

21 August 2019 | Straits Marina, Mackinaw City
06 August 2019 | Village of Brockport
30 July 2019
27 July 2019
21 June 2019 | Wickford Cove Marina
20 May 2019 | Antlantic Yacht Basin
13 May 2019 | Homer Smith Marina, final Salty Dawg Destination
21 April 2019 | Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. Easter Celebration
20 April 2019 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas VI
11 April 2019 | Nanny Cay Marine, Tortola, BVI
28 March 2019 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
25 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua

Montreal, no more locks

26 July 2009
Bob/ More rain, when will it stop
It's been a couple of stops without an internet connection but here in the Old Harbor in Montreal we seem to be hooked up just fine. The trip from Kingston has been down hill with a 1 - 2 knot current pushing us along. The last three miles though were up hill against a 4.5 to 5 knot current, up the river to this marina. From SOB rates of 8 to 9 knots we dropped to just 1.9 fighting the current. It blows my mind the amount of water that flows east from the Great Lakes. For so many years sitting in our harbor in Chicago I was totally niave of the natural flow of water. Water that flows between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron through the Straits of Mackinac flows through the St. Clair River, through the Detroit River, down the Niagra River and over the falls, then through the Thousand Islands and ultimately into the St. Lawrence. Each time we locked down another 22 million gallons of water headed east. We've been through 15 locks so just our boat alone has accounted for draining some 330 million gallons of Great Lakes water. And the locks are being used 24/7 by pleasure and commercial kraft. Wow!!

Since there are no more locks for us it won't be long before we start to feel the effects of tides and tidal currents. Probably around Quebec is where we will have to start paying attention to tide charts.

Life on board has trully settled into a routine. We've been up around 07:00 and usually go down around after a couple of cocktails, dinner and planning for the next day.

Really folks enough with the rain. Right now sitting here it's raining. All day all night Mary Ann, rain rain rain. I hope anyone ready this is experiencing better weather especially if you're on vacation. We're on island-time so it's no big deal but our foul waetrher gear is complaining.

Alice took time the other day to test her new oven. She bake a cake, no problems and it was terrific. Amazing, something worked just as it was supposed too!!

Maintenance is an ongoing activity. Someone asked us what will you do all day? Well the boat, the weather and our navigating keep us busy. Our stop here in Montreal will be our first site seeing time away from the boat and yet we still have a few "projects" to complete. We've been talking by cell when we can get a few bars and I'm thankful for the number of internet access points along the way. I think I've resolved the intrusion problem and I apologize to anyone who may have received spam type emails from our distribution list. I've got McAfee turned on to scan access activity so hopefully that will end the intrusions.

Tonight we're going to try and upload a few pictures. We'll see how it goes.
Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
Alice and I have spent considerable time together on the water; cruising and racing on the waters of New England, the Caribbean and Lake Michigan.

Sailing is our passion and together we've been fortunate to experience the thrills, the camaraderie and the enjoyment boating provides. [...]

We seek the freedom, excitement and challenges of voyaging.

Lucky Bird's Photos - Main
This is our second journey south to the Caribbean. This time we've chosen to exit Lake Michigan and proceed south through the in-land waterway system to Mobile. We'll start around Labor Day and take our time exploring the history of middle America.
207 Photos
Created 28 July 2017
30 Photos
Created 12 July 2013
101 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Bob and Alice return to Lucky Bird after spending the summer in Addison.
31 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Heading into the Windward Islands and further south
108 Photos
Created 22 February 2010
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009