As a follow-up to our post from the other day (story here) about sailing past Sainte-Flavie to catch site of Marcel Gagnon’s statues in the tidal waters….
We now have the land perpsective, visited with friends today…
Fun with Friends
…and what better way to initiate our visitors to the fine shores of the Saint Lawrence then to treat them to their first feed of real Quebec poutine. Not the traditional fries, gravy and cheese curd but a feast of three cheese sauce served with fresh shrimp from the village of Matane.
Poutine aux Crevettes de Matane
It was an offer we couldn’t refuse.
Pig the Navigator
We packed a breakfast picnic, brewed some coffee and headed out before dawn.
Perfect road weather and beautiful scenery along the way.
The chance to visit with friends and to inspect our prize – little R.E.D.
Once back home, Francois couldn’t wait to re-inflate and inspect her. She showed some signs of wear but was in incredibly good shape for an eleven year old.
What we used to clean her:
A paste of baking soda and Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
A combination of Mary Kate Hull & Bottom Cleaner and Aqua Tek Dinghy Cleaner
My plastic pan scraper (for the barnacles)
Several hours of Captain’s elbow grease.
A rinse with vinegar and water.
A final coating of Aqua Tek Vinyl Guard for UV protection.
12 hours of Elbow Grease
Can you see the difference?
Repaired and Ready to Go
Cover all washed and strap repaired.
I have to add a little side story about rinsing. We live in an apartment condo with two elevators. We had to deflate Little R.E.D. a little so she could fit into the larger of the two elevators. Imagine the two of us dragging her down the hallway, struggling to get her into the elevator, inject a few choice words exchanged here, an expedition into the garage so we could spray her well with vinegar then rinse well with water to remove the last residue of cleaner. We dried her well with a chamois then repeated the elevator performance. We have to really love this life and each other to be doing these things.
Who but crazy sailors would proudly photo op their new-to-them dinghy on their living room table? But she does look good.
Indeed she does!
So it was…
the gift of time with good friends
and the gift of three days of perfect winds.
…mid-September and we are still enjoying our time onboard.
…we sailed nearly 40 nautical miles…
…we dodged ferries…
…we ducked under bridges…
…we weathered storms…
…getting caught in the middle of the lake in a squall was awesome!…
…oh yes, we dined…
…we shared times with friends…
…Captain even shared the helm…
…and when the sun set…
…we enjoyed the view…
….then slept with the angels.