HAUL-OUT 2016

HAUL-OUT 2016

This year R.E.D. is being hauled out earlier than usual.  We need to have my engine serviced – necessary after 300 hours of use – and you can bet Francois has been keeping track (you should see his spread sheets).

Why I call it ‘my engine’ here.

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Morning Coffee

After an early rise and a cup of coffee, Francois picked up our haul-out ticket.  It all went well, straps placed, she was carefully raised and set perfectly on the trailer.

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Haul-out

The club was great in giving us a temporary parking location so we could give R.E.D. an initial clean up.  While Francois applied a cleaner along the water line (Mary Kate On Off Hull Cleaner), I power washed the belly then rinsed the entire hull.  Very proud of my workin’ hands but I’d say a manicure may be in order.

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Workin’ Hands

So we could get an early start we spent the night onboard one last time.  When I opened my eyes the next morning there was a second or two of  extreme confusion.  Instead of clear sky overhead I saw leaves and a squirrel perched on the unstepped mast.  Oh yeah.  We’re no longer on the water.

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The View

One last look as the hauling out of club boats continues before heading out to Evinrude maintenance guy.

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Our Club

We’ll be leaving R.E.D. in good hands for the next several days. Uncoupling the car, she was immediately trailered away awaiting her place in the production line.

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MY Engine

So what do a couple of sailors do after just a couple of coffees in our bellies and no breakfast?  We head over to our fave watering hole, order a couple of celebratory pints and a yummy brunch.  Tomorrow we’ll get back to a more reasonably healthy diet…at least that’s what we tell ourselves.

Poutine Pizza

Poutine Pizza

I’ll return once MY engine has been serviced to let you know all about what we go through for R.E.D.’s winterizing process.  At the end of our fourth season we have it down to a fairly efficient process but there a few things that will need to be corrected.

Back soon….

ROAD TRIP EAST

ROAD TRIP EAST

I wasn’t really sure how to categorize this post.  It involves a personal road trip to visit my kids on the East Coast but it also brought us along part of the path we will take on this year’s adventure…

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…so I split the difference and am calling it part ‘Road Trip’ and part ‘Adventure 2016’

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St-Lawrence River

 

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Adventure 2016

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Windmill Farm, Tantramar, NB

We had an all too brief visit to welcome the newest member of the family…

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…and catch up with the grandkids.

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…even the mundane was special for us.

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…how quickly they grow.

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…a little farther East for the rest of the visit…

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…more grandbaby time and walking lessons.

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…and a little reno help and a drive along the shore.

Could this be part of our future?

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Beautiful St-Margaret’s Bay, NS

We returned with great memories…

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East Coast Pirate Treat

…and a bottle of our fave rum for those Dark ‘n Stormy nights onboard R.E.D.

ROAD TRIP and FRIENDSHIP

ROAD TRIP and FRIENDSHIP

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
Piglet, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book. ~ A. A. Milne

With wintery cold clinging to April we felt a strong need to get out of our ‘corner of the forest’.  A road trip north and a long overdue visit with friends was just what these two weary sailors needed.

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SO cold!

First a stroll through the village.  You know you are no longer in the big city when people look you in the eye and greet you with a nod and a friendly smile.

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Artisan Shops

 

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Crispy Cold Trails

A hike at 1200′ left me breathless.  Yup, I that out of shape!

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Walk through the neighbourhood

Then we dined.  Oh! did we dine!  Amazing food. Laughter, tears and stories shared.

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Delicious Home Cooked Meals

 

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Brunch to Die For

 

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Freshly Baked Croissants

A special mention must go to Monique (I did promise you your own blog post dear lady).  Thank you for sharing your sailing stories and for taking the time to find us one of your beautiful creations in appropriate colours for R.E.D.  We are all adventurers at heart.

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Hand-loomed tea towel

And a big thank you to our welcoming generous hosts.

We came for the friendship but left with full bellies and good memories

…and caramels (at the time of this writing there remain just four, equally shared this time I may add).

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Deadly Delicious Evil Treats (our host’s secret recipe carefully guarded as it should be)