Archive for December, 2005

  • by strathy

    In a comment to one of my previous posts, Tillerman pointed out that it seemed that owning a keelboat is nothing but trouble. I guess anyone reading this might easily come up with that impression. However, I would like to dispel any notion that sailing a bigger boat is just going from one problem to […]

  • by strathy

    Generally speaking, engines do not receive the specialized pronoun treatment that boats receive. We rarely call an engine him or her, mostly just ‘it’ or ‘thing’ with a descriptive ‘blasted!’ thrown in for good measure. For the sake of expediency, I too will refer to my engine as ‘it’. However, if ever an inorganic object […]

  • by strathy

    I only had to get rescued once last summer. Hmmm – that’s once too many! Due to A. getting on in her pregnancy and also her travel for her work, I spent a lot of time single handing (sailing alone) at the end of the summer. I usually didn’t go far and often just went […]

  • by strathy

    We decided one weekend to go to ‘the islands’. I know that normally that means to the Caribbean, but when you live in the Toronto area, it means the Toronto Islands. The islands are bits of land directly off shore from downtown Toronto. They are a beautiful place of trees, tranquility and the odd cormorant. […]

  • by strathy

    A funny thing happened after we got the boat home. Instead of spending every waking moment there, like we thought we would, we actually spent less time with the boat. It just seemed that once the boat was safe home and nearby that we had other things to do. After all, the boat was so […]

  • by strathy

    As we motored away from the docks at Frenchman’s in Pickering, the thought ‘what am I doing here’ entered my mind several times. Earlier in the day the boat had been launched and the mast reinstalled. All this was new to me. The people we had purchased the boat from had helped us every step […]

  • by strathy

    Everyone should spend a week of bliss in a little cabin on the south side of Lake Superior. Clears the vision, clarifies the mind and gives one time to step back and see the larger picture. Ah, what a week it was. While the cabin was solar powered, the Swedish steam room was run purely […]

  • by strathy

    First post here – a test post. This is the beginning of many great things to come.




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