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Scott, looks like you had a great Thanksgiving day. BTW, do you guys eat a turkey feast like the Yanks do on our Thanksgiving?

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Turkey Day .... eh

Don, glad yo enjoy the pictures. One thing I really like about the forums is being able to see other parts of the world that people sail in and enjoy that I may not ever see myself ( i.e. Guiletta) I hope others enjoy seeing our cruising grounds.

Turkey Day up here is just as big ( without the parades) as down there. We always have a huge family dinner, stuffed turkey, sweet potatoes, and mom's homemade pumkin pie, etc. etc. and then turkey casorol with the leftovers the next day.

This year because of the boat and a great forecast for the weekend I said we would see everyone sometime in a few weeks when the weather was less pleasant... i.e. snowing. My parents, although always big on the family gathering thing, understand since they know how long I've waited for this boat ( 25 yrs.) and enjoy the enjoyment our family get from it.

We cooked a Butterball turkey half with stuffing on the boat, which was great for the four of us and the oven on for 3 hours ( we warmed up pumpkin pie ) warmed up the cabin for the chilly night.

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Perhaps not much more to add. At our marina in Penetanguishene many of our neighbours are from Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener. Once you get the hang of things around here you could arrive, say, 7:00pm, if you get away early enough and still get out to an anchorage at Beausoleil Island by dark (or a little later, once your are familiar with the navigation) and set anchor. Next day, Saturday, you can get a move early on, although you will likely motor until wind sets in. You will easily make it to Monument Channel or Indian Harbour for another overnight, or to Beckwith/Hope/Christian Island (depending on wind/anchoring conditions for the latter three) and have plenty of time to get back on Sunday. Don't worry about crowding at the Islands - the anchorages are large and we have been there when over 100 boats showed up. Busy? Yes. Crowded? We still had swing room. Noisy? Not really. The benefit of the Islands is that a late arrival, aided with GPS and radar (or a sharp lookout) is quite feasible. Watch for boats that don't turn on their anchor lights or only use minuscule solar lights to mark themselves. Hope this helps with your decision making. I have not mentioned all of the anchorage available within 2 hour sail or motor from either Penetang or Midland but, yes, they can get crowded although the anchorage east of Beausoleil has plenty of room and if your draft permits entry to Beausoleil Bay, there is plenty of room there as well, even though it gets quite busy (with water level low, I would be a bit nervous if you draw more than 5 ft and even then you have to watch it since the markers do not quite keep you away from one shallow area that you may wish to avoid).
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