Tuesday, June 26, 2007

True Ericson

This is Patrick from Montreal; we kidnapped him from his future power boater in-laws on Saturday. They were sitting on the dock and we asked if anyone wanted to sail and his hand went up so fast I swear it was on a spring. The wind was 18 to 20 knots out of the west-northwest and was perfect. We all had a great time crashing through the wonderful waves. Kasidah loves the wind.
We have our dingy and it seem to be pretty nice so far. We could not decide on what to get for cruising so decided to go with an off brand inflatable with an air floor for now, till we decide. It was only 600 dollars so for the time this is our dink. It is a 9,5 PVC Air floor made by Baltik boats. We figure when we finally decide we will just sell this one and make some of the money back. (I will let everyone know how it performs after a few times out)
Well Jon is getting antsy about buying new items for Kasidah however things we hoped would need replacing before leaving to cruise are having to be done now instead. That’s fine- the order of replacing and adding are just a little different now. This weekend the compressor for the frig went so till we can replace the whole unit I have an Ice box again,….. Just a little more of that ice to buy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Father's Day weekend 07

What a great weekend. We have been doing work-yes work- all along on Kasidah, and loving every minute of it. Jon worked on cutting a larger hole in the middle of the bilge so we can see down it a little better. He wants to change the hose and add a new bilge pump ASAP. We added a fan to the frig and insulated the whole thing. Finished all the cetol on the wood and most of the chalking. I made a net for the aft bunk so when we are in a storm (hopefully never) the pups have a safe haven, Fixed leaks in forward cabin and added some shelves to the lockers. Jon took staysail lines off and will be purchasing new ones this week. Our dinghy should be here tomorrow so hopefully we will do some outside cleaning. On Saturday we had our friends Bud, Marcia and Eric out for a great all day sail. We got to fly the spinnaker for the first time. It was a blast. It came in a sock and is much easier than Agapee’s was to hoist. This sail has some wonderful colors on it.
Saturday night our friends Captain Cathy and her husband Jeff came in for the night with Otium (their Sailboat). They are cruising the Great lakes this summer and we were one of their stops going across Ontario.
Sunday One of the guys at the Marina (Morley) came out sailing with us late in the day. The wind was a little light but it was still nice. His future plans are to do a lot of cruising so we hope we see him out there. Monday was my birthday and we lounged around in the morning and then the wind picked up around 11AM and we went sailing all afternoon. It was the best day for sailing this year.