Spring 2014 – Part 4

The last day of spring and we’re still in port. We’ve been living aboard all week and making good progress on our to do list, but everything seems to take much longer than estimated. Of course Becky always seems to know what needs to be done next and goes there first to lie down. We … Continue reading

Erie Canal closed due to high water levels

Today, in a repeat of last year and exactly one year to the day, the Erie Canal has been closed to navigation from lock E7 to E22 due to heavy rains and high water levels. It been raining pretty heavily here since Wednesday and more showers are expected today. It’s currently only 15°C and overcast. … Continue reading

Spring 2014 – Part 3 (Launch!)

I suppose I should have titled this post Summer 2014 but officially we still have 10 days left until summer.  Hopefully we’ll be ready to cast off by then.  Launch went ahead on Monday, June 2 without a hitch.  The new thru-hull transducer was water tight.  We stayed on the boat three nights keeping an … Continue reading

Spring 2014 – Part 2

Between the weather, car problems and the two-hour drive each way, it took six more trips over the past three weeks to get the boat ready for launch. Now scheduled for this Saturday. We’ve got a lot of work done though. The Seaboard HDPE plastic swim platform was removed. Our port of registry, Kingston, Ontario, … Continue reading

Spring 2014

After one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, spring hasn’t been a lot better. The weather has been cool and wet and it wasn’t until April 28 that we finally got down to the boat for the first time. The tarp had actually held up pretty well over the winter and inside … Continue reading

March 27 – 30, 2014 – Maine

Our first road trip of the year – back to Maine to pickup boat parts. A previous owner of Fortunate has the original teak swim platform, before it was replaced with high density plastic. We’re headed “down east” to pick it up. (U.S. Customs corrected us – over east.) March 27 We had a great … Continue reading

December 11, 2013

Home! Sunny, -3° C, and clear dry pavement for most of the way until we neared Syracuse, NY. There it clouded over and we had some “lake-effect” snow flurries. This happened again just south of Watertown, NY but here visibility dropped to near zero in white-out conditions so we took to the back roads until … Continue reading

December 10, 2013

8° C and rain this morning, but the weather news is about a massive winter storm hitting Washington, DC today. All government offices, schools, etc. are closed for the day, but areas to the west and north of the city will be even harder hit. Great! Our route takes us almost into Washington before we … Continue reading