Last Update: 9/3/2009
Link to April 2007 Boat shopping
Link to May 4, 2007 Take possession
to May 23, 2007 Steve Ream
and I take Summer Triangle to Solomons MD on the
Link to June 27, 2007 Marilyn and I visit Summer Triangle
Link to July
21, 2007 Nick and I
take Summer Triangle to
Link to August 21, 2007 Marilyn and I start Summer Triangle to the
Link to August 30, 2007 We start again, this time for real.
Link to October 1, 2007 The last segment (this year)
Inspected Summer Triangle, the first of several boats to look at on this trip. Impressed!
Came back a week later for a more thorough inspection, made an offer which was accepted.
Scheduled Sea Trial and
Survey for Tuesday and saw
Trials and survey went well. The surveyor, Marty Webber, noted a few items that needed correction.
Returned home to prepare for
closing, insurance, registration, purchase guides and prepare to bring her back
Length Overall 35’ 9”
Length WL 31’ 3”
Beam 13’ 2”
Draft 3’ 6”
Clearance 23’- 0” Mast Up
Clearance 12’ 4” Mast Down
Headroom 6’ 5”
Water 220 gals.
Fuel 350 gals.
Engine Single American Diesel 140 HP Model 6N140
Propeller 22LH15 3 blade
Generator Northern Lights Diesel 5.5 KW
Friday May 4, 2007 was the closing. Now we work on the Coast Guard documentation. ASAP Documentation from FL is doing the paperwork.
We decided not to offend Poseidon and we kept the name “Summer Triangle”.
Still need to give the State
Friday May 11, 2007 Sale/Transfer & Temporary Documentation (Running Papers) arrived FedEx today. Visited the Secretary of State Office. Latoya was cheerful as she referenced the manual on how to complete the registration for a documented boat. She says she does about one per year so needs to refer to the manual.
Saturday May 12, 2007 Pack the car and leave for the boat. I hope to get to KY tonight.
Monday May 14, 2007 Latitude North 32deg 46.71 min. Longitude West 79 deg 57.04 min. We arrived at Summer Triangle at 1:30 PM with a car load of stuff. All the dock carts are in use. We can wait. We are retired now you know.
Wednesday May 16, 2007 Delivered Summer Triangle to Ross Marine. http://www.rossmarine.com/
I successfully piloted her to
the Ross Marine dock without physical or emotional damage. Ross Marine will
haul and change out several thru hulls and give the new engine its 15 hour
checkup. Marilyn and I drove back to
Plans: - Note, all plans are written with pencil in the sand.
Wednesday May 23, 2007 Plan to
Friday May 25, 2007 Steve Ream and I picked up Summer Triangle and went back to the Harborage. Marilyn drove the car back. Went to West Marine for a gas grill then out to dinner.
Saturday May 26, More groceries and another trip to West Marine.
Sunday May 27, 2007 Fancy 12 VDC coffee pot didn’t work. Melted the insides of the plug. Marilyn went to Wal Mart and got a Mr. Coffee. Left at noon. Anchored at Thoroughfare Creek (mile 388.9). Good anchorage.
Monday May 28, 2007 Mr Coffee worked fine. Got moving around 7:00 AM. Stopped for diesel and had to wait for waitress/dock attendant to come down to the dock. Pumput doesn’t work. Fuel tank vents are clogged. Took on 100 gallons. Lots of small boats in the ICW on Memorial Day and lots of no wake zones (some unofficial). Anchored around 7:00 PM just inside NC at Shallotte Inlet (mile 329.5). Anchor dragged and tangled around 2:30 AM. We reset it and went back to sleep in 19 feet of water.
Tuesday May 29, 2007 Woke to
a crabber yelling at us that the water we were in would drop to 2-3 feet at low
tide. Depth sounder showed 11 feet but we took the hint and moved on at 6:00
AM. We stopped around 4:00 PM at the Beach House Marina just north of the
Wednesday May 30, 2007
Thursday May 31, 2007 Life is
good. The anchor alarm only went off once and it was a false alarm. Steve
walked around outside and changed the radius of the circle. We got under way at
7:30 AM and drank our coffee under way. Long passage down the Neuse River (wide
wide wide) and then
overland to the Pamlico River down to the Pungo
River. Up the
Friday June 1, 2007 Life is
good. The anchor didn’t drag. Got under way at 7:30 AM and ran to just north of
Saturday June 2, 2007 Got underway from Lamb’s around 7:30 to make the 11:00 lock at the south end of the great dismal swamp (South Mills Lock). We went through our first lock with Summer Triangle. Things worked well. We do need some longer lines. We stopped about 3:30 PM at the south side of Deep Creek bridge and lock. We ate dinner at La Familia just outside the door. Tropical storm Barry may send us rain tonight.
Sunday June 3, 2007 It is raining out and one of my looper friend’s emails suggests waiting for better weather. We stayed tied to the same wall. We will probably wait out the day here. Well about 1:30 a sucker hole opened up and we went thru the lock. Started raining again but we were committed. Canvas top needs waterproofing big time. We got near Norfolk and couldn’t get the Gilmerton bridge to open. The radio wasn’t putting out. Steve R. fiddled with it and when we passed Tidewater Marina I pulled in for repairs.
Monday June 4, 2007 We got the vents cleaned and the radios checked. By now the radios were dry and worked. Verified we were pumping into the holding tank and that the running and anchoring lights worked. Stayed a second night and took on 100 gallons of diesel (at $2.399/gallon) as fast as the pump would go. We are at mile 206 on the Chesapeake Bay.
Tuesday June 5, 2007 We
headed out a 6:00 AM to make a long day of it. Ran off the edge of the chart.
Wednesday June 6, 2007. We got up extra early (5:30 AM) to get an early start before thing got rough on the bay. Last night we let out extra rode to get more scope on the anchor rode. Also, the GPS went TU so the chartplotters showed “NO FIX”. Put the two together and our early start turned to the sad realization that we had swung on the anchor and gone aground during the night. Tides you know. Called Sea Tow and they came pretty quickly. We were back on our way by 9:00 AM. So much for an early start. Still “NO FIX” on the chart plotters. Radios are unreliable except for the hand held but it doesn’t have much range. We set the laptop on the dashboard and drove from the cabin. Off Shore Navigator Lite software with a USB GPS worked beautifully after a brief period of learning what we were doing. So, there we were out in the Bay, smashing into 5-6’ waves with two important systems running on backups. Are we having fun yet. With all the fuel sloshing around I sure did worry about clogging my only racor fuel filter and I sure didn’t know how to change it if it did clog (though we did have spares). Fortunateely we made it to Calvet Marina in Solomons MD for the night. Dinner at Vinchenzo’s – a bit expensive considering the slow service.
Thursday June 7, 2007. We parked Summer Triangle at dock CC 12, rented a car from Hertz and drove home. We left shortly afternoon, drove straight thru except for combined gas and comfort stops and Steve dropped me at home by 10:00 PM. I was tired.
Marilyn and I drove to visit
Summer Triangle and enjoy our
July 21, 2007
Nick and I arrived late
Saturday night with a Hertz rental car from
Sunday we provisioned the boat and waterproofed the fly bridge canvas. Mile 97.5
Monday July 23, we turned in
the rental car and returned by “Friendly Taxi” to Summer Triangle. No wheels,
talk about commitment. After doing some last minute make ready, we cast off the
lines and pulled out of the slip. We traveled nearly a mile before making our
next landfall at the pump out station. We pumped and then moved over and filled
the water tanks. We finally got out of town around 4:30 PM. We anchored Monday
night at Mile 67.6 –
Tuesday July 24 we got up
early and got going by 9:00 AM. On the way out of
Wednesday July 25.
to get up early and make it to
We made it. We did our engine
checks last night, got up at 6:00 AM and started thru the crab pots to the main
channel. We got to the
Thursday July 26. We had Utsches replace the filter element in the Racor and replace
a blown fuse for the bilge pump. Nick went to the Wawa station for groceries
and to a local bar for beer. He remarked that the bar had some local customers
at 9:00 AM. The were probably just getting off the night shift. Nick made a
lunch run back to the Lobster House for clams and crab sandwiches. We noticed
the bilge pump had quit working again so had to wait until after lunch for a
mechanic to come back to the boat. A wire had fallen onto the bilge pump float
switch, making it run continually and burned out the pump. The mechanic
replaced the pump and put a tie wrap on the wire so it won’t fall down again.
We added 100 gallons of diesel at $2.499 and got under way at about 2:30 PM. We
ran to mile 89.0 and anchored at the intersection of “Main Channel” and “Whale
Friday July 27, 2007 We ran
from mile 89 to mile 22 and anchored for the night in
Saturday July 28, 2007 When I
finally struggled out of bed I found out the engine wouldn’t crank. All the
batteries (except the generator start battery) were dead. We started the
generator and it seemed OK so after a brief wait, the main engine started. We
made coffee and hit the road. We went thru Manasquan Inlet into the dreaded
Sunday July 29, 2007 Nick
hoofed it to the grocery and replenished our supplies. He got ears of corn so I
hope I will see his corn roasting talent demonstrated. He also bought a Maptech chart of the Hudson River and
In spite of the rosy
forecast, the harbor was very foggy so we decided to stay another day in
Atlantic Highlands. Nick took the high speed ferry into
Monday July 30, 2007 Nick got
Tuesday July 31, 2007. We got
off to a little bit of a late start after nice (cold for me) showers. We pulled
Wednesday August 1, 2007, is
it August already? We got underway early. We drove from the upper station until
we got clear of
Thursday August 2, 2007 Nick
called a cab and left around 9:00 AM to catch a bus to
Marilyn picked me up and we went to a Faifield Inn for the night. Both air conditioners on Summer Triangle were acting up and it was up to 100 degrees inside during the day.
Friday August 3, 2007 After a
slow start, we cleaned out the boat and started back to Motown. Watch for the
next installment in about three weeks. Marilyn and I plan to do the
Marilyn and I take Summer Triangle to the Niagara River
Tuesday August 21,
2007 Marilyn and I got off to our
usual late start and drove to
Wednesday August 22, 2007 We inspected a variety of marinas in
Thursday August 23, 2007 We inspected a couple of locks (E32
and E33) in the
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
It was too darned hot. The air conditioners on Summer Triangle were having problems so staying on the boat during the day was uncomfortable. We stayed on Summer Triangle in the evenings but spent the days in air conditioned stores and restaurants.
We visited the
We found the Federal Lock in
Monday August 27, 2007. Finally, we fueled up, pumped out and
got underway around 1:30 PM. About 8.4 miles upstream is lock 1 on the
It only took a few minutes to lower the mast but I asked them to do a couple other things on the engine, replace the pencil zinc and check the water strainer. On the generator, check the water strainer. And on the AC, check the water strainers. The strainers for the engine and generator had a lot of grass in them. The basket on the forward AC strainer was rusted thru. The marina says we would have much less problems with the Air Conditioners if they rearranged the supply lines, but they need parts (new water pumps and strainers) so we are docked here until Wednesday morning. It seemed to be worth doing to get the AC finally put right. They have been a pain all the way up the coast. Marilyn and I are not in a rush so spending an extra day to get it finally fixed (I hope) seems like a worthwhile thing to do. Marilyn took a stroll and found an historic Dutch home called the Van Schaick Mansion. Built in 1735, it was used as a Revolutionary War headquarters along the Hudson.
We should be at
Tuesday August 28, 2007 Opps, did I say leaving Tuesday, make that Wednesday.
Wednesday August 29, 2007 Opps, did I say leaving Wednesday, make that Thursday.
Thursday August 30, 2007 Around 3:00 PM, 3 mechanics descended on Summer Triangle complete with parts. They were done by 5:00 PM and we have wonderful water flow out both pumps. It was clouding up as they packed their gear and headed for the office. When I walked up to settle my bill, the skies opened and I got soaked on the way. While in the office, the power went off, so Ron Bloom had to use a small hand held calculator to figure the total, When the rain died down, I walked back to Summer Triangle and realized the dock power was out too. It was too hot and muggy to go without our expensive new AC so I fired up the generator with the clean strainer and let it rip. Life is good. But there was one more disaster to overcome. Suddenly the generator was seriously overloaded and something tripped. Then it had no load at all, and we had no electricity. Marilyn thought it happened just as she turned on the microwave. I noticed the dock power was back on and I thought it happened when the dock power came on. We found that everything still worked from dock power and so went to sleep for the night.
Opps, did I say leaving Thursday, make that Friday, maybe.
Friday August 30, 2007 I studied the schematics for the generator and figured I might have tripped a breaker. Tried to check the breakers but couldn’t get to them. Need to lose a hundred pounds or so. After removing the generator cover, the mechanic found a 3 amp control circuit breaker tripped. After reset all was fine. We tested to see if there was any conflict between shore power and generator power and it worked fine. We walked back to the service building and discussed it with Ron Bloom. He leans to Marilyn’s theory that the microwave, in combination with other loads, caused a temporary overload.
It’s blowing pretty stiff
from the north but I’m out of excuses so time to untie and get going. I looped
a spring line around a dock cleat and untied all the other lines one by one,
handing them to Marilyn. The breeze pushed us out of the slip and turned Summer
Triangle so she was pointed out the fairway. I let go the loose end of the
spring line, pulled the line back onto Summer Triangle and we were free to go.
My adrenalin pump was working overtime from fear and anticipation of the
unknown. By the time we got to E2 I wanted to drop anchor and wait for the wind
to die down. The gods were with us though. I contacted lock E2 on channel 13
and he said he would be ready so we went past the
We stopped for the night at Schenectady Yacht Club so we could get to a shower. Van Schaick facilities had been pretty limited. Life is good.
Saturday, September 1, 2007 Marilyn hopes to make it to Fonda tonight. From mile 16.4 to mile 48.2 and 5 locks. We made it. The fair is going on across the street but we are behind a fence at the Erie Canal District Headquarters for the night. All the good (beef) groceries are gone so we had Tuna and frozen mixed vegetables. According to the Skipper Bob Cruising Guide there are grocery stores near lock 15 and lock 17 so we should be able to stock up. I am told there is an electric outlet a little further down the wall but it was easier to just run the generator to nuke the veggies. The bollards are so far apart, our 35’ dock lines barely made it from bollard to boat to bollard. I had been hoping for cleats nearer the wall but no luck. Fortunately, a fellow from the only other boat here walked over and held a line for us while I secured Summer Triangle.
Sunday, September 2, 2007 Our stretch goal is Little Falls, mile 78.7. Woke up just before 9:00 AM and it was 60 degrees in the cabin. I had to start the generator to make coffee so I also ran the aft cabin AC in “Heat” mode to warm the place up a little. No shower this morning.
We made it to Little Falls.
We tied up at the
Monday, September 03, 2007 Showers this morning at Little Falls,
We pulled into Riverside Marina around 5:30 PM and tied near the office. Sam, the mechanic and manager came down to the dock and said he would change the oil, oil filter and fuel filters in the morning because he had a doctor appointment in the afternoon.
Tuesday September 4, 2007 Sam got to us about 11:30 and after a couple of trips
Wednesday September 5,
2007 After taking advantage of a
second day with showers, we got a early 10:00 AM start. On the way out of the
marina I noticed the bridge depth sounder was showing dashes instead of
numbers. Since it had done that before when Steve and I were running the boat I
figured it would come back. It didn’t. We went thru
Thursday September 6, 2007 In the morning I put contact cleaner on the transducer connection at the display unit. No help. Marilyn noticed we were low on water. We should have tanked up when we pumped. We pulled away from the free dock and back in at the Winter Harbor Marina (mile 151) to get the depth sounder looked at. It turned out the cable entering the port side transducer had been damaged and was not repairable. I remembered there was a transducer in the on board spares so we connected it, hung the transducer in the water and the depth sounder worked again. What to do, what to do? I called the previous owner to find out more about the history and why there was a spare, and we decided to replace the existing bronze transducer with the new plastic spare, which had originally been delivered with the depth sounder but never installed. Summer Triangle is scheduled to be hauled in the morning to have the replacement transducer installed. While we were waiting, we filled the water tank and connected the shore power. Also, we used one of the courtesy cars to go to Wegman’s Supermarket. On the way there we sinned and stopped at McDonald’s for lunch. Now it is cocktail time. The air conditioners are cranking away, the water tanks are full and life is good.
We are about half way to
Friday September 7, 2007 Winter Harbor Marina hauled Summer Triangle around
8:00 AM and installed the replacement transducer. It took a long time and we
couldn’t get back on her until around noon. We had expected about 2 hours from
start to finish. They had a hard time getting the old transducer out and then
the new one was too short to fit on the fairing blocks. So, the new one is at a
slight angle, flush to the hull. They had a hard time snaking the transducer
cable back to the fly bridge and so they didn’t finish until around 2:30 PM. We
also had a small scoop attached to the hull to push water into the rear AC pump
to solve (?) our continuing loss of priming problem. They also lowered the
pump. With 2 and sometimes 3 people working on it we ran up a pretty good yard
bill. Since we had used up most of the day, and it was too darned hot, we
decided to stay plugged in with the air conditioners running (hard) for the
rest of the day.
We are still at mile 151. Life is good.
Saturday, September 08,
2007 I got my cabin down to 70
degrees F and then turned the air conditioner off before I went to bed. I think
I had the best night’s sleep of the whole trip. As I cooled off, the cabin
warmed to around 75 degrees so in the morning I pulled a flannel sheet over me.
I slept so well that I was the first one up and I turned on the coffee maker
for a change. We got untied and moving shortly before noon with a goal of
Along the way we passed thru
the three rivers intersection where the
Baldwinsville is a nice little town. A bunch of boats pulled in around 5:00 to go to a seafood restaurant next to Lock 24. But, Marilyn and I are going to have Dinosaur Barbeque (from Wegman’s grocery). After all, the next half of the trip should go fast, we have fixed everything by now. We need to use up the groceries.
Our goal for tomorrow,
The end of the canal is at mile 342.0, therefore we are now just a tiny little touch more than half way. Hooray.
Sunday, September 9, 2007 Called on account of rain. It rained pretty steady nearly all day. We stayed tied to the floating dock at Baldwinsville. Marilyn and I read books.
Monday, September 10, 2007 We got started just before 11:00 AM and cranked it on
to 7 MPH. We pulled in at
Tuesday, September 11,
2007 The flags on the locks are at
half mast. We didn’t quite make it out by 10:00 AM but we were on our way
before 11:00 AM and through the first lock. The weather forecast yesterday had
been for glorious weather but it was a little chilly and before long we had
light nylon windbreaker jackets on. We are trying to make it to Spencerport at
mile 270 on the west side of
At mile 238 near
The charts were wet, the cruising guide was soaked, I was wet, and Marilyn had taken the worst of it on deck when the storm hit. She was soaked to the skin and had splotches of mud from the lock wall. Even some of the stuff in the cabin was wet because the doors were open when the storm hit.
We decided to call it a day
at Fairport, mile 246 and tied to the south wall right behind a dinner cruise
boat. The facility is maintained by the city and $9.00 covered the fee for
dock, electric, washroom, water and pump-out. We only have 1 30 amp electrical outlet, the dinner cruise boat is plugged into the other at
the power stand between us. While handling, and separating the power cords I
noticed one of them has a pretty big cut in it. The weather has cooled so much
that we won’t need the air conditioning. We may wish we have heat. Downtown
Fairport is crowded with lots of big boats using the
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Good golly, is it Wednesday already? We are enjoying Fairport and as of 11:30 we are still tied to the wall. The wind is fairly strong at 15 MPH and forecast to remain there for the rest of the day. We are going to decide at noon if we should proceed or not. The washrooms are nice and we could not have picked a better spot to tie for convenient access. Marilyn found a good wine store, Fairport Wine and Spirits.
Life is good.
Oops, around 1:00 PM a sucker hole opened in the sky and lured us away from our nice location. Spencerport calls us from mile 270. Enough of this goofing off. It never did warm up. Marilyn and I both had to add layers of clothing but we are now the only boat tied to the dock at Spencerport. We got here at 6:00 PM. We are going to register (free) with the dockmaster/bridgemaster and then go to the Galley restaurant for dinner as soon as I finish sending this update. The bridge tender told us about several restaurants in town. We went to the Galley anyway. It turned out to have ordinary bar food but it was not expensive. The washrooms are at the visitor’s center which was further than I like to walk so probably no morning shower.
Thursday, September 13,
2007 We slept well and long. Without
the second power cord we didn’t run the air conditioners (in heat mode) so it
got a little cold during the night. Marilyn took a morning walk around
beautiful downtown Spencerport. I untied the dingy from the aft deck so we
could get to the water fill fittings and when Marilyn came back we filled up
with water and then washed down the flybridge deck.
We still had some
We traveled through
Brockport, Holley and
Dinner out at a small mom and pop place near the dock, and another good night’s sleep. It didn’t get so cold last night.
Friday, September 14, 2007 I woke up first and turned on the coffee pot at 7:30. Perhaps we will start before noon today.
Well, we got started around 11:30. For some reason the roving bridge operator didn’t answer so we tied to the wall just below the bridge. We tried the phone numbers listed in the cruising guide to find out what was going on but no answer. He did show up at noon and opened the bridge for us and then drove to Middleport to open the bridge there for us.
The wind was gusting to 30
knots according to the weather channel on the VHF radio, and pushed Summer
Triangle around. I kept the speed up to make it easier to control. When we got
We did make it through and
pushed to get to
Saturday September 15,
2007 We got up early and got packed
for a day on the road.
Sunday September 16, 2007 Hot showers in
our room! We dropped the Taurus at the
Monday September 17, 2007 We re cleaning up and we are going to drive to
From Amherst to Detroit
October 1, 2007 Greetings
from the scenic top of the Niagara Escarpment. Marilyn and I picked up Terry
Walsh just before noon this morning and we drove to
Tuesday October 2, 2007 It is hard to type “October”. It is a little scary that we
We drove to Lockport before it got dark and showed Terry the double lock we had passed through on the way across NY, and then we went to a restaurant in Middleport NY called “The Basket Factory” because it was originally, drum roll please, a basket factory. Food is good.
October 3, 2007 Well, we
are once again out of excuses. It is time to get underway. After showers and
loading unnecessary stuff in the Trailblazer, Marilyn left and Terry and I got
underway at 10:00 AM. For me, that is an early start. The wind is strong and
out of the west so it was blowing us around even while we were backing out of
the slip. We got to the end of the canal (about 10 miles) at noon and pulled
into Wardell’s marina for 100 gallons of diesel,
water, pumpout and mast raising. We were back under
way by 1:00 PM and into the mighty
We pulled into Erie Harbor
Marina (which is inside the
Thursday October 4, 2007 We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there. Watch old bandit run. Well, maybe not run, but walk real fast.
We got up early. Terry got up
so early the showers were not open yet, nor the breakfast restaurant. He wound
up eating cereal on the boat. I, on the other hand, got up when the coffee was
ready. After extensive engine checks, including two seaweed removals from the
engine strainer, we were on our way. We cast off around 9:30 and were out at
About half way to
Friday October 5, 2007 We measured the level in the fuel tanks and they went down 4” (or 50 gallons). That is more diesel than I have ever burned before in a single day. Shows you what happens when you honk on that big sucker. Terry was amazed when he took his shower by the number of doors and corridors to walk through to get to the shower room. He said he felt like Maxwell Smart visiting HQ.
We were out of
Saturday October 6, 2007 If summer has ended, nobody told these folks. Vermillion is jumping. We are docked in the travel lift well for the night because everything else is full. In spite of our early (7:00 AM) start, it was darn near 7:00 PM when we pulled in. The Vermillion channel is narrow and lined with boats. Fortunately there was no wind so I was able to come in at idle speed while Terry took a bunch of photos. We ran about 7.2 smph for an estimated 70 miles, plus the in and out time.
We hope to get going early
again on Sunday morning because it is going to be another wonderful day in
paradise and so we want to make some time. Our stretch goal for Sunday is
The lake was so calm this afternoon that I spent several hours standing on the forward cabin sanding the teak trim on the front of the flybridge. I went through a bunch of 80 grit sandpaper smoothing out the old peeling varnish. Tomorrow I will hit it with 160 grit and finish with 240. Seems like a shame to run the generator just to run the sander, but some ice got made while I was doing it.
Sunday October 7, 2007 We got out of Vermillion a little after 7:00 AM. We
even beat a lot of the fishermen out of the harbor. Of course they quickly
caught up and passed us. There was quite a bit of dew on the boat and the front
of the flybridge was facing away from the sun so it
was late in the day when I applied the first coat of varnish. As it turned out,
that was the only coat. I thought the brush would stay soft and pliable in
mineral spirits but it hardened up and had to be thrown out. Oh, well, at least
I got one coat on. Going by Kelly’s Island and
We called ahead to Toledo Beach Marina for a transient slip and they told us if we got in after five the office would be closed, just stay free at the gas dock. Darn, we couldn’t get there by five. The dock attendant wasn’t in on the deal, but we explained it to him. He was a little confused because the gas dock is open until 8:00 PM. There was a little traffic around us but it died down after about 6:30. We gave the gas dock young man a tip and thanked him for letting us tie up and all was well with the world. I don’t know how that boy gets on and off boats all day with his pants that low. He must be agile. Dinner was at the “Sandbar”. Terry ate healthy food. We got to bed around 9:00 PM and set the alarm for 6:00 AM for an early start.
Monday October 8, 2007 “Up in the morning out with the sun” isn’t the next
part, “everyone thinks that I’m crazy”? Well, whatever. We were out of there at
with engine start at 7:00. Up the
Tuesday October 9, 2007 It was a dark and rainy morning. We got rain about
6:00 AM with fairly strong west winds. We decided to modify our planned 8:00 AM
departure and see what the weather cooked up. Around 9:00 the weather cleared
some. The rain stopped but the wind kept blowing. When the office opened at
9:00 I stopped in and paid our slip rental and off we went. By the time we got
to the mouth of the Shipping Channel the waves were about 3 feet and from the
beam as we lined up with the markers. Quite rolly. Once we got into the channel, we had
The Saint Clair river divides into three main branches once you get below
Algonac MI and we were heading up toAlgonac. Pretty
soon we came to
At 3:00 PM the bridge opened
and we entered the calm of
Wednesday October 10, 2007 Marilyn and I returned to Summer Triangle to begin the unloading process. I stopped in at the office and signed the contract for Summer Triangle to be stored indoors, but unheated. Rivers Bend will change the fluids and winterize Summer Triangle for me.
Thursday October 11, 2007 I went back and got some more stuff off the boat. Still I forgot some tools. I’ll probably have to go back one more time. Julie gave me the name of a canvas shop. I will call them to see about getting the top repaired or re-sewn during the winter.