Fall Cruise

We attempted another Gentleman’s cruise, but with several crew changes and last minute cancellations, it was just Rufus, Malcolm and me. With a forecast for rain and 20knots of wind we decided it was a great weekend to head out, we weren’t wrong. After all, preparations and arrangements had been made. As a sign of encouragement we were greeted with a beautiful rainbow as we headed out of Midland Bay on Friday night.

Heading for Frying Pan Bay, we sailed up Beausoleil Island with a nice south west wind that filled the cruising chute making a perfect run up to Big Dog Channel. We arrived at an almost empty Frying Pan Bay just after sunset and dropped the hook in the middle of the bay. We were snarked at by a power-boater when we entered because we didn’t have our VHF on… and he wanted to discuss anchoring arrangements – which we did off our bows anyway!

We had an awesome dinner of burgers and enjoyed the evening. The new Chinese diesel heater was awesome, keeping the boat a toasty 18 ° all night.

Saturday morning we went for a short hike and headed up to Hockey Stick Bay. After that we headed out on a good run ending in a small tear on the cruising chute from a spit-pin sticking out of the spreader turnbuckle. An easy fix. Winds were in the high teens but our route was almost straight north so it was a great sail. We were greeted by a completely empty Bay – a nice treat!

After lunch the rains arrived, cats & dogs rain! Then Barry and Cedar arrived in the monsoon. They had suffered a blown-out main sail in the high winds, but not after enjoying a fast reach, hitting 7.5kn of boat speed!

Saturday morning was bright and sunny, with high winds. We took down Barry’s main sail and packed it up for me to stitch over the winter. Then we explored the small lake next to the bay and finally headed out for our afternoon sail home.

We parted ways with Leading Edge at Penetang Bay and continued on a perfect 60° reach back to Midland Bay. A quick pump out and we were ready for a final feast of lamb kabobs at MBSC.

Back on the boat

Spring 2019 was very slow in coming, as such we didn’t get in any boat trips in June.

Now that July has come and it’s 40° in Toronto and time to sail the days away.

The girls are liking their new short haircuts, despite initial grumbling, great for hot days and swimming.
First visitors of the season were Lawrence and Isabel – we went for a great hike on Beausoleil Island with a swim and picnic in the middle.

Diesel Dowty seals

Our boat has always been fairly diesel-y smelling (previous post), I wrote the smell off, to being just the nature of the beast, what with a motor next to your bed and all. This past summer I noticed a new sheen in our bilge, upon investigation, I see that many of the compression washers are oozing on the banjo bolts as well as on the filter bleed screws (below right). I also noticed a few of the hose crimps are a bit drippy near the filters. I have always wondered why the fuel filters are under our bed with less than an inch of access under them, making draining and filter changing very difficult. So this spring I plan to move the filters up to the engine compartment, replace all hose and replace all the compression washers with Dowty washers.

Dowty washers/seals are used in place of traditional (annealed) copper washers. They are a steel washer with a rubber inner. I’ve ordered an assorted box and plan to use them on my bikes as well.

I can’t claim this as my own idea but came about from looking for solutions in the Sailboat Owners forums.

Yanmar has stopped using the copper washers on their newer model diesels and now use a rubber bonded-to-metal replacement. They are called Dowty washers. They are a direct replacement for the copper washers. The stock numbers are 22190-080002 for the 8mm, and 22190-120002 for the 12mm. ....  No more leaks.


primer pump and o-rings

My trusty dingy motor, a 1987 Evinrude E4RCUD, started to give me trouble in the spring. I traced the issue to worn o-rings in what I thought was the choke, but is actually a fuel primer pump and fuel petcock all in one! Apparently this was a short lived idea of squirting more fuel into the carb rather then starving it of air to enrich the mixture. These pumps, as one web author noted, work great until they don’t! At least now I understand why the “choke” lever was so strange – its not a lever, it functions like a syringe and pulling it squirts fuel into the carb.

I replaced the o-rings with ones I got from the nice service technician at Crappy Tire – assuming they were automotive. The shut off o-ring swelled and fell apart. I thought I got all the bits but apparently didn’t. As the primer pump is between the fuel pump and the carb, the fuel doesn’t get filtered. I thought the o-ring bits were just in the pump/shut-off valve and I replaced the o-rings again with OEM rings. The engine still wasn’t happy and I left it home for the bulk of the summer. It wasn’t that bad rowing once I got the oarlocks sorted out.

Determined to get this motor running, I pulled the carb for a 3rd time and found what was clogging up the main jet and float needle. As pictured there were large chunks under the float needle and under the main jet.

I also serviced the fuel pump as it had never been touched and I thought it might be a fuel starvation issue (it was but not from there…!).

Better late than never, I finally got the engine sorted on Labour Day weekend!

Come visit us!

This summer we are up in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Our home base is in  Penetanguishine at Dutchman’s Cove Marina (2 hour drive) but we like to anchor off Awenda Provincial Park or head up to Beausoleil island (Georgian Bay Island National Park). This post will give you an idea of what the beaches and parks are like.

Awenda, view of our boat from the beach.

You are most welcome to visit for a day, or two or three… however accommodation on the boat is somewhat limited we are open to  creative arrangements!


There are lots of hotels and b&b’s in the area if you want to do daytrips.

Camping is available at the parks but might be booked at this point, however there is  unreserved camping available on Beckwith Island which is an uninhabited island is part of an Ojibwa reserve. $25/night/tent.  Did I mention the islands have spectacular beaches!

Miles of shallow beach!

We’d be happy to shuttle you to the islands or do day trips out to the beaches/parks/woods.

Don ‘t be shy, the girls love visitors as do we!



LED bulbs

I’ve slowly replaced most of my bulbs with LED. All the cabin lights were switched over two years ago and I finally properly installed the LED strip lighting in the main cabin. I’ll work on the bathroom with a dimmer this summer. I can’t believe how much nicer indirect lighting is.

The navigation bayonet bulbs in the bow and stern were replaced last summer before we left on the trip, leaving only the navigation and anchor lights at the top of the mast. I didn’t replace these because I couldn’t easily access them. (see bosun’s chair post), ok, I could have gone up on a crane but it wasn’t that big a deal. Continue reading LED bulbs

Dinghy transom fix

I killed an afternoon fixing a crack in the hard-bottom dinghy transom. It looks like someone removed the backing plate and motor mounts have cracked the fiberglass. It didn’t really need to be repaired,  but is seemed silly to not patch up the crack as water will continue to get in and if left outdoors for the winter, it will eventually split the transom with freeze thaw cycles (maybe). So I guess it did need to be fixed.

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