18 April 2009
It's been an extremely long winter. We haven't had a bad winter like this in many years. Snow, rain and cold...not fun.
But, spring has finally arrived here in Northern Ontario. The snow is almost all gone and the ice on the lakes should be melted this week. Although there's a light rain today, I'm off to the boat to remove the tarps and putter around. My wife and I live in Sudbury, which is 4 hours north of Toronto and my boat is in Little Current on Manitoulin Island, which is about a one hour and twenty minute drive. A short drive to reach such serenity. Seamonkey has been in her cradle for 6 months now. Hopefully, I'll be able to launch her in the next 3 weeks.
I do have a bit of maintenance to do before the launch. 2 seacocks need replacing, paint the bilge & engine room and replace one of the aft windows. Nothing crazy like last year when I decided to repaint the hull and replace the rub rail. A huge project well worth the sweat equity, but limited my sailing to only a few months.
Off to the boat I go!!!