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  As the weather warms and the ice disappears from the lakes and rivers, we begin to dream about another summer of new adventures on the water. I’m not usually nostalgic, but the dreaming made me think of last year and a series of events that were too embarrassing to record in our boating journal. […]

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  • Bert Wolf

    Mike and Jana: long ago, in our power boating days, we suffered a similar misfortune. We took our kids and a friend up the Ohio River (our usual haunt in our 21 ft Glastron) for a weekend on the Kentucky River, a new destination in a new boat, about 30 miles upriver from L’ville. Unexpectedly, the Ky River proved to be quite silty. The engine temperature went up quickly (no alarm) but we failed to notice. Smell of burning rubber got our attention, then the temp gauge. We had burned out the impeller, a new boating term for us. River Water was coming in thru the ruptured exhaust line into the bilge. So long beautiful weekend. Dick’s partner drove up and rescued us, leaving the Glastron at the shore with the bilge pump running. We returned that day with our trailer: battery on the boat was dead, bilge pump not running, poled the boat with great difficulty to a dock where we were finally able to load it onto the trailer and drive home, our tails between our legs.

    The dealership eventually had to replace the faulty cooling intake hose. Glastron admitted that several other owners had had similar problems. Of course, the impeller had to be replaced as well and we never went anywhere without a spare one after that. Thank goodness, Nikons don’t need impellers.ReplyCancel

    • Bert and Dick: Wow that sounds like an adventure of a lifetime too. Weird things often happen when you have guests on the boat;I never understood why they seldom wanted to come back for more “fun” once you get things going again.ReplyCancel

For several years now Jana Kristin and I have been talking about sailing our boat A Mi Manera from the Thousand Islands down the St. Lawrence to Montreal.  For us this would be the second leg of the so-called golden triangle:  cruising down the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston, down the St. Lawrence from […]

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  • Nancy Davidson

    Wonderful! Another fantastic journey! And you are in one piece. Hurrah. Well done to Admiral Jana and her steely-nerved captain.
    Here’s to more bucket list adventures! (AND I am just a little bit jealous about all you Old Montreal fun!)ReplyCancel

  • Jen Jackson

    I’m laughing out loud as I read this – love your humour Mike and can totally see Admiral Jana at the helm lolReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith

    Delighted to read about your latest adventure Mike. World travel is wonderful, but travelling in Canada is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta Kyle

    So cool! You two are the best! <3ReplyCancel

  • Susanne L. Mozel

    Hey Mike, got to the link! Thank you so much for lunch yesterday, was awesome to finally catch up and see you and Jana. 🙂 You two always have such great stories and are such a pleasure to be around. Hope to see you two again very soon! Dinner at my place when you have time! Let me know when is good for you two. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dave Bailey

    Great narrative Mike/Jana…..yup….sailing can have it’s moments. My Admiral only had to wave (pun intended) the divorce papers twice this summer after we left you in Gan. During one such trying moment ( actually 6 hours ) my Admiral prayed to have a helicopter pick her off the back of the boat. Instead a rather large fish hawk (Osprey) followed us, (glided in our wake – an appropriate use of the term at the time) long enough for the Admiral to go below, get her camera and then take a photo before the Osprey dipped a wing tip and swooped away. The waves were still 3 meters high but the Osprey’s spirit restored confidence with captain and crew. The helmsman’s wheel still travelled knot to knot but a “wake” did not need to be planned.ReplyCancel

  • RJ Gowan

    Great story, MIke. Love your writing and your photos. Keep them coming. And so envious of your visit with the Lafleurs.
    Cheers, BobReplyCancel