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02-20-2013 04:30 PM
Re: Georgian Bay Cruising

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).
10-16-2008 07:00 PM
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.
10-15-2008 01:13 PM
RAGTIMEDON Scott, looks like you had a great Thanksgiving day. BTW, do you guys eat a turkey feast like the Yanks do on our Thanksgiving?
10-13-2008 08:46 PM

Sunrise from Beckwith Island

10-13-2008 08:35 PM

Sunset over Christian Island on Saturday night

10-13-2008 08:29 PM
Amazing weekend

just got back from the long weekend..... Turkey Day up in Canada eh

Weather was amazing.... 20 - 25 C and sunny all weekend. We took off Friday to make it a 4 day weekend. This was from Friday heading out below Giants Tomb.

10-12-2008 12:01 AM
jjns Brigadoon Ticon 30
Thanks for the reccomendations, will look into Sobstad, Barrie is just up the road.
10-11-2008 10:27 PM
M275sailer If you would have kept drifting away from the town dock you would come along side us at our dock :-)
10-10-2008 01:52 PM

Scott -- it's a beautiful photo, I saved it into my screen saver! My desktop is a photo I took of the boat we chartered and one other boat at anchor, which I took from the top of the hill overlooking Covered Portage Cove. Let's see if I remember how to post it!
No luck - I don't even remember how to log on to photobucket! Forgot my password!
10-10-2008 06:51 AM
scottbr Don, actually that picture was taken the May long weekend. We don't launch until the ice is out of the Bay just before the July 1st long weekend.

M275 sailor, ( bushrat) I forgot you were on the town dock area. We stayed at the Sportsman for 1 night Fri. Aug 1 and then headed to Baie Fine for 3 nights. I tried docking at the Town Dock for fish & chips on our way back through and attempted to turn around and dock in front of another sailboat already at the dock and with a cross wind blowing me away from the dock. Was interesting. Luckily the owner of the other sailboat was on shore to assist.

Don, just to rub it in some more, this is the desktop on my computer, sunrise on Baie Fine.

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