03 November 2016 | St. Petersburg, Florida
24 October 2016 | St. Petersburg, Florida
25 July 2016 | Port Colborne, Ontario, CA
21 July 2016 | Toronto, Ontario, CA
16 July 2016 | Admiralty Islands, St. Lawrence river
12 July 2016 | Trento, Ontario Canada
10 July 2016 | Whitby, Ontario Canada
09 July 2016 | Hamilton, Ontario Canada
06 July 2016 | Port Dalhousie, Ontario Canada
30 December 2015 | Tierra Verde Florida, the EdE J is on the hard in Cleveland
23 September 2015 | CYC Dock
08 August 2015 | Cleveland Yachting Club
13 July 2015 | NYC, the Hudson and Catskill
14 June 2015 | The Maritime Republic of Eastport, better known as the other side of the river from Annapolis
31 May 2015 | Portsmouth Virginia
28 May 2015 | Northbound ICW near Pamlico Sound.
25 May 2015 | Waccamaw River, SM 385
22 May 2015 | Middle of the AICWW

We made it.

16 July 2016 | Admiralty Islands, St. Lawrence river
Wow, what a trip. Not the distance of the loop, but more stress. What was originally planned as a 6-8 week trip to explore the Thousands Islands was reduced to 4 weeks. We did get to do some exploring, but not as much as we would have liked.

The Thousand Islands proved to be a mixture of cottages and isolated areas, looking across the river on both sides to mansion sized homes. What a deviation from the North Channel of Lake Huron with it's quiet isolation and miles of unspoiled wilderness. The national park systems of Canada and the United states have made great efforts to protect the environment and make the area cruiser friendly. Parks Canada has created hundreds of small 5 dock free marina's that cruisers can use, there are hundreds of isolated anchorages, but on the weekends, they are crowded with boats of all kinds. We would like to explore more, but it is time to head back. We did find that the area has great sailing, and it is not unusual to see a Yacht Club that is 80% sailboats. On our trip back from Gananoque to Picton, we encountered multiple sail races and dozens of cruising sailboats plying the 16 knot winds in the sheltered Bay of Quinte.

Like the North Channel of Lake Huron, depths change rapidly from 180 feet to 6, in distances of 50 feet or less. Anchoring takes planning.

One thing we are sorry we missed is the Sunday "Service in the Sea". The multi denominational service is conducted in the water, with the boats being the pews. It is in an ancient sink hole with 30 feet of water less than 50 feet from shore.

The communities that neighbor the thousand islands are quaint and welcoming as the picture shows, there is an abundance of good food and treats to keep any cruiser happy. We started back to Cleveland, and will be searching out more small communities, we have decided if our old legs cannot get us around a town, it is too big.

Fair winds and following seas.

Ed and EJ
Vessel Name: EdE J
Vessel Make/Model: Endeavour 42
Hailing Port: Cleveland, Ohio
Crew: Ed and EJ Mahoney
About: We started sailing 35 years ago on our first wedding anniversary, this is our fourth boat, purchased new in 1986. We are both Semi-Retired. Our daughter Meghan currently lives in Florida, she and her Fiancée enjoy cruising with us as their time permits.
Extra: Ed is a classic do it yourselfer, and undertaking the retrofit of the EdE J to prepare it for cruising. Watch the blog for some of his horror stories.
EdE J's Photos - Main
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Created 15 March 2015
Pictures of the new Holding tank and the v-Berth under construction.
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Created 14 February 2015
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Created 15 October 2014
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Created 14 October 2014
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Created 2 October 2014
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Created 2 October 2014
Reprovisioning and some locking pictures
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Created 14 September 2014
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Created 25 August 2014
Pictures from the loop, North Channel to Chicago.
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Created 24 August 2014
Pictures of the Tank Installation.
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Created 19 June 2014