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August 28, 2014

Season’s Over – Harbor Vue Marine







Checking Barbie’s knots


August 25, 2014

Sailing to Heywood Island

“Sea Quell”

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Barbie at the helm, wing on wing

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August 25, 2014 -Heywood Island


Another Tartan: dingy hoist – no drag, no surfing up the stern.


August 24, 2014 – Back to Covered Portage Cove



Evnrude’s Chanticleer at the entrance to Covered Portage Cove

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August 21, 2014, Back to Thomas Cove



August 21, 2014 – Back to Thomas Cove

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Barbie pointing out “mailbox rock” at the entrance

August 21, 2014 –  Pit stop in Killarny




Old School



New School



10ft Draft


For charter, an easy way to see the North Channel and Georgian Bay


SnowBall and Frosty


Sportsman’s Inn – includes great fine dining


August 20,2014 –  An easy sail through Colins inlet, east to west, 1-3 knots and 10 hours


A boom hold down thanks to Charlie

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August 14, 2014 –  On the way to Golden Sword Island

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August 14-17, 2014 – Images of Black Bay, NE of Golden Sword Island

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Jennifer wondering



August 10, 2014 – Getting to Byng Inlet

Andy and H23

Andy and H23

August 8-10, 2014 – Travel to Bustard Islands and Being There


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A cabin on the lake for Schmidty and Kristi

A cabin on the lake for Schmidty and Kristi

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A little boat for Marthe and Rex

A little boat for Marthe and Rex

Tucked into a nice anchorage

Tucked into a nice anchorage

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August 7-8, 2014 – En route from Thomas Bay through Collins Inlet to Beaverstone Bay

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NorthStar's beam is about 8'6" - these markers through the marsh into Beaverstone are about 100' apart but looked like 8'7"

NorthStar’s beam is about 8’6″ – these markers through the marsh into Beaverstone are about 100′ apart but looked like 8’7″

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Jennifer’s first big adventure rock – Barbie calls this Arrow Head Rock


Leaving Killarny.  Ran out of chip space just when they turned around to take off right beside us

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Andy’s old & new engines





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Our New Awning, Improved Mainsail, and Windlass

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August 2-5, 2014 – Thomas Bay

John and Angela - Our Guardian Angels on Suffolk Punch

John and Angela – Our Guardian Angels on Suffolk Punch

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NorthStar and Suffolk Punch

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Jennifer’s rock

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August 1, 2014 – Killarney

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Heading East to Thomas Bay

Heading East to Thomas Bay

July 30-August 1, 2014 – Anchored at Covered Portage Cove, just north of Killarney

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Mary getting her morning exercise

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Sextant log from Suffolk Punch’s Captain John, a sample of what he and Angela used to navigate across the Atlantic many years ago

July 31, 2014 – Critters at Covered Portage Cove


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Jennifer checking out our new engine instruments

July 26-29, 2014 – First anchorage at Heywood Island, just southeast of Little Current


NorthStar’s new awning and mosquito netting work like a charm


Fred, Lou’s pet seagull, likes crackers

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July 25, 2014 – Our first sail of the season – Little Current to Heywood Island

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July 19 – 24, 2014 – At the Harbor Vue Marina

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July 16-18, 2014 – Our secluded escape to Red Lodge Resort

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July 16-18, 2014 – Oh, Mama, can this really be the end, to be stuck inside o’ Little Current with the Georgian Bay blues again!


Gotta get all this out of storage and into NorthStar

Measuring out our anchor rode

Measuring out our anchor rode



Anchor rode marker

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Mark, Rick and Andy after stepping the mast with "The MoneyMaker"

Mark, Rick and Andy after stepping the mast with                “The MoneyMaker”


July 15, 2014 – Andy and Barbie enjoying the wonderful dinner prepared by Monique and the nice conversation with Sam at Monique’s Bistro in Blind River.


Sam and Monique at Monique's Bistro

Sam and Monique at Monique’s Bistro


July 14, 2014 – Here’s what our 8 days of labor produced a couple of weeks ago (beauty is in the eye of the laborer):

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  1. Andy designed, fabricated and installed fiber glass reinforcement under the new windlass, glass inserts to create a compartment for our wash down pump hose, fillets around the sides, sanding and gel-coating.  The other 2 compartments will carry the rode for our spare anchor.  When he got done he wanted it to look like it came that way, which is does, but now you can’t see all the work.  Well, mid-project it looked more like #2.
  2. Andy designed, fabricated, and installed fiber glass protection for the anchor chain locker.  We left this part unfinished because is all gets covered by a nice teak door and framing.
  3. External view of the windlass and foot switches on the starboard side.
  4. Closeup of the windlass.  (Andy also installed guides for the wiring, which will go under everything back to the battery hookup.)
  5. This is a shot of our controls – Andy made a nice little wood mount for the power switches for the washdown pump and the windlass (lower left) and another little wood mount for the remote windlass control (upper left).
  6. – 10.  These show our beautiful teak, which Barbie sanded and sanded and sanded to clean off the oxidized discoloration and then got lucky with a good day for finishing it all.  Thanks to Bob, who did Donnie’s character wood boat on his pond at the Boat House, we hope that this stain/sealer will keep as nicely as it did on Donnie’s boat.