|Georgian Bay and the North Channel - so much to see!|
13 Aug / 19 Aug - We left the Beausoleil Island and took the small craft channel to our next destination, Echo Bay (not far from Sans Souci). From there we continued to Parry Sound, and stayed at the Big Sound Marina for two days to resupply, do laundry and plan our route from there. This was as far as we had come by boat, everything from Parry Sound heading west is new to us, so a bit more planning is now required.
|One of the many navigation aides you see in Georgian Bay|
|Echo Bay anchorage - early morning|
|We finally put our banner on the dinghy!|
|Parry Sound waterfront|
|Big Sound Marina - can you see Papi?|
|Hopewell Bay anchorage|
|Pointe au Baril|
|Wright's Marina - awesome stop|
|Sunset - Mill Lake|
20 Aug / 23 Aug - As you exit Collins Inlet, you come out to open water before you arrive in the North Channel. Our first stop for gas, pump out, milk and bread was Kilarney. It is a really quaint town, very picturestic. We didn't spend the night there, we continued on to another recommended anchorage just past Kilarney, Covered Portage Cove.
|Lighthouse as you arrive at Kilarney|
Covered Portage Cove will defiantly be one of those places we remember forever! We were anchored there for two nights. On day one, we dinghied to shore to hike to the top of one of the cliffs to take photos of the anchorage and our boat! It was impressive to say the least, our photos don't do it justice. Some of you might have seen the photos of the otter Papi shared on facebook, that otter has no fear of boaters or of boats! What a mischievous otter! We had all noticed him swimming in the cove, munching on whatever he could catch and checking out the boats. At one point, he came to rest on our lower engine units under the swim platform. He only swam away after we both got on and used the boat hook to bang on the swim platform. Even then, he was like "what are you looking at?". That same evening, he climbed in one of the sailboats and stole a fish! When the owners who were on another boat paddled back, the otter jumped in the water and swam to another boat and climbed up on their swim platform and ate the fish there. Pretty cocky otter!! Day two was rainy and windy and almost no one left the anchorage. The winds never calmed down during the night, and two boats dragged their anchors... One of them had a bit of damage as it collided with another boat, but the other was lucky and did not hit anyone! We were lucky too, as they were right next to us and must have slid right by us and missed our anchor and the boat.
On day three, the winds were supposed to calm down in the afternoon, so we waited until almost 14h00 (2 pm) before leaving the anchorage (that's pretty late in the day for us to move). The winds were not as intense, but we still had a rolly ride to Little Current. We were glad to be safely tucked in at a marina as the wind and rain picked up again about 10 minutes after we arrived. (One of the places we didn't stop, was Heywood Island, and we are glad we didn't! There has been at least five reported boat boarding by a bear in the last two weeks! Luckily, no one has been hurt (yet), only material damage to a couple of the boats.
Contd 24 Aug - 26 Aug
Our stay at Little Current's Municipal marina lasted two days. In part because of the weather, but mostly because Papi wanted to check and see where the water we noticed in the bilge is coming from... As I mentioned above, Papi put on his detective hat. The investigation phase was a bit overwhelming to say the least. He removed the toilet from it's spot, cut a hole in the sole of the head (floor of the bathroom) to see to the hull, then removed the whole sole (floor) section. The fridge also got moved out of it's spot to remove the bottom shelve to expose the hull there too. The cockpit panels (floors) where not spared either, to trace the hoses and lines. It was total chaos! Papi never did find the cause, but he did find a bit of rot under the head sole, so he removed it with his hand saw, chisel and hammer. We will need to fix it later, but for now at least the rotten section has been removed and the area has been cleaned. The water accumulating under the head is likely the reason for the rot, as there was no where for it to go. We will be using the shop vac to clean the area now that we know it is a problem, we can keep an eye on it. (We had a fellow Looper come over and look at it with Papi and he was very reassuring. As an engineer, who has built boats and owns multiple boats, he was knowledgeable and a good source of information for us.) Papi pulled an all nighter to put everything back together in the cabin and the cockpit. A good cleaning in the morning, and you can't tell there was a huge mess the previous day!
|Lighthouse before Little Current|
|Cruise ship in Little Current!|
|It was leaving the dock wall.|
|Part of the chaos|
|It had rained so hard we hadn't even plugged in yet!|
|Jo and Trish rowing to Padragin|
|Just a few of the boats at Benjamin's South Island|
|He caught one fish - it was hiding under our boat|
Soon, we'll head out again and if all goes well, we should be in Sault Ste Marie in a couple days!
Crazy to think that after that, we'll be going down Lake Michigan in September... that is not too far away!
Tina & Papi
"In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with"