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Monday, April 28, 2014


Well we are one day away from a record ice out date. The latest Midland Bay ICE OUT DATE in the past 35 years was April 29th . Looks like the Midland Bay will open up soon though ... probably around the end of the month ... in just a few days. Can’t say the same thing for the North Channel though. Look at this April 27th Coast Guard satellite image sent to us by Captain Bill Everitt. (above left)

You can see the North Channel is still solid with heavy ice. It doesn’t help that it’s still freezing almost every night. At this time, marinas in the Midland & Honey Harbour areas are ice free and they are just beginning to launch boats. Bayport Yachting Centre has 25 boats in (a few have been in for more than a week with bubbler going). Wye Heritage is working on dropping the protective marina gate and South Bay Cove reports the marina ice free. But don’t get the boat launched and jump the gun. There are plenty of burgs out there floating and below the water line. Water levels are somewhat higher than it has been for several years ... so your going to have to watch out for floating debris lifted off shore and dead heads that are beginning to float off the bottom. Don’t plan on swimming the May 24 weekend unless you want to join the polar bear club.

Posted by at 4:41 PM

Monday, April 14, 2014


How many times has someone said to me that their boat is not a very good investment. Well that goes without saying. From a financial point of view you’d be hard pressed to find a worse investment ... unless you are going to buy a classic and store it inside for a few decades – or maybe if you bought just the right boat at the bottom of the recession and your going to sell it when inflation peaks some years down the road.

But boats are still an investment. They are an emotional investment. Boats offer a social setting for family and friends, they offer a chance to unwind and forget about the stresses of work if only for a few days and they offer solitude when you need it. A few times a year I go to my boat alone and just putter away on some project. At the end of the day I might sit and watch the sunset with a glass of wine and some of my favourite music in the background. It is very therapeutic. Same thing when we’re out at anchor – you can party or you can read – you can swim or you can sleep. Best BBQ’s ever, are on the boat at anchor! And let’s not forget how rewarding and fun meeting friends at the marina can be ... just a chance to chew the fat and chill. The options are unlimited.

Most of all, it’s being on the water and that plays to some primeval sense of satisfaction. I could give up a lot if I needed to, but it would be hard to not have a boat. Life would hardly be worth living without a boat. Well maybe not that bad, but I’d be sad camper without the boat. But I also know there will come that day when I won’t be capable enough to be out on the boat alone or in heavy weather. That’s why I’m going to savour the next ten or fifteen years and enjoy the emotional investment while I can. So yes boats depreciate like cars and yes you have to have deep pockets to maintain them but that financial investment pays big dividends back towards your emotional well being.

Posted by at 9:18 AM

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


I saw this on a wall down in St Croix:

If you want a productive life ... get educated, work hard, raise children and attend your church.

If you want an interesting and rewarding life ... be a PIRATE and live for the day.

Posted by at 11:58 AM