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    Trailer sailers, car toppables, sharpies, dinghies, beach cats, sailing kayaks.

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  1. TBW

    Is Trailer Sailing Dying

    A 17 footer would work nicely for the Thousand Islands too. We used to keep a 35 foot boat in Gananoque, but found the boat was too big for decent sailing in the area, you can only sail back and forth across the 40 acres so many times, but a little boat will go any where. Parks Canada maintains excellent docks on most of the islands as well as beaching areas at several. The docks favour smaller boats, the smaller the better. You could shoe horn a 17 footer in any where. Bigger sailboats are stuck out at anchor. I guess its a trade off, you can have a bigger boat at anchor, or you can use the island facilities on a smaller boat; log cabin picnic shelters with wood stoves and tables, composting toilets, fire pits, picnic tables, camp sites if that is your thing. I am of the philosophy you would need a pretty big boat to be as comfortable as the facilities on those islands. The Rideau Lakes and Muskokas are worth exploring for the same reasons, some of the lock stations are pretty comfy. Couple pics from the Thousand Islands:
  2. TBW

    Is Trailer Sailing Dying

    I am planning on hitting Lake Opeongo this summer on my Bay Hen. Going to take my electric trolling motor instead of my Outboard I think.
  3. Lol, yes, I do carry a Honda 2.3 much of the time, and its anything but quiet. In that pic it was too shallow for my outboard, I draw 9 inches paddling, 13 inches motoring.Less than 2 feet of water or in weeds I use the paddle. The point is, you can paddle the boat.
  4. I have no doubt your boat can be sailed on open water, and it can likely be beached pretty well too. When I said I like boats without the need for auxillary machinery, I meant you can paddle, row, yuloh or pedal drive them around. I use a long beaver tail canoe paddle and a Jay stroke, I usually stand on my bench seating or fantail to paddle. I have gone for miles like that. My wife is happy to paddle her too. I really should buy a SUP paddle, but the beaver tail has been working. I think your boat is great, but those of us who prefer to cruise on smaller sized trailer sailers have our reasons
  5. Right, so a Mirror with a boom tent, bucket and Coleman stove meets all those criteria I am going to stand my ground too. If I am not racing, I am not day sailing, I'm out exploring on a boat for several days to several months, what am I doing? My 21 ft Sharpie easily meets your criteria. Where I am from a boat with living accommodations is more or less defined in the regs. Basically, in order to be legally allowed to drink alcohol or smoke cannabis on board a boat it needs living accommodations. Living accommodations are defined to include; sleeping facilities, permanent cooking facilities and a marine head with holding tank and deck pump out. It doesn't say anything about standing head room, how private the head is or whether there is refrigeration or not. Largely because those items are a matter of personal preference. Due to your personal circumstances, you have selected a boat with a private head and standing headroom, others I have heard say they would never cruise on a boat less than 40 ft and your boat would come nowhere close to meeting their criteria. But it doesn't matter, their criteria isn't yours, and your criteria isn't mine. I have a strong preference for boats that can be beached and can be reliably sailed without auxiliary machinery. In order to accomplish my preferences, I needed a fairly small boat. At the end of the day though, we are doing the same thing, each in boats with ; cooking, sleeping and bathroom, that otherwise meet our personal preferences.
  6. Grith, I think you need to update your definition of Cruising Yacht. I think between organisations like Watertribe and the Dinghy Cruising Association of the UK, are changing the way people (at least some people) are thinking about how people are thinking about cruising in small boats. This is a good read: https://www.amazon.ca/Dinghy-Cruising-Companion-advice-sailing/dp/1408179164
  7. Sounds like. I sail quite bit on Lake DeschĂȘnes. I have seen the one tri anchored off Aylmer, but I will keep an eye out for yours too. Would be fun going for a ride in a tri. Ice breaking off Britania Beach in and beach cat sailing off Aylmer
  8. Nope, my wife, son and daughter were with me last season for 2 weeks on Georgian Bay, a month in the thousand Islands and 2 weeks in Cape Breton. We have limited vacation this year because I burned up so much leave last year, but we already have 2 weeks planned in the Thousand Islands this coming summer. My wife does not race with me. My wife is an experienced boat owner. We are former live aboards, we owned a 24000 pound cruising sailboat we lived aboard for several years. She knows what its like to be stranded at dock because the deisel engine wont start, she knows what waking up to dead batteries is like, she knows about rusty fuel tanks and what discovering rot in a bulk head is like, she knows what its like when the shore power cord wiggles loose in the night and stuff starts smoldering. She dislikes the aggravations of big boat ownership as much as I do.
  9. And here is a pic of my Prindle 16 for comparison. This photo was taken on a little island while exploring the upper Ottawa River, which is a big river it winds 1200 km north into some pretty serious wilderness. Slept and cooked on the beach. I personally think beach cats make great camp cruising platforms for that type of trip because they sail well enough to overcome some pretty powerful river currents. No outboard required. This boat I store my camping gear inside the hulls. I purchased all my camping gear with the undrstanding it had to fit in through an 8 inch inspection port on a beach cat. I can carry about a weeks worth of gear on the beach cat.
  10. The Katadyne gravity filter has been awesome for me, there is a lot of freshwater cruising around here (great lakes), if I run out of water, I just fill the bag under way, and let it do its job. Plus, its' where my running water comes from, just hang the bag higher than my sink, and the hose/spiggot becomes my tap. I am in my 40s. I have multiple boats, racing and cruising: I find with small boats especially, good racers make bad cruisers and vice versa, so I have seperate boats for each activity. My boats intended for expedition style racing are full on. I have each a beach cat and a sailing kayak. For those boats, my dry suit is my cabin. Sleeping can be either on the trampolene with a dry bag for a pillow or a hammock tent strung between a couple of trees ashore. This is not really cruising. Those boats are built to be light, swift, and with minimal windage. My cruising boat, even though only 21 feet, is down right luxurious by comparison. Beds with mattresses, dry, galley, heater, stove, solar power with inverter. The cabin is small under way, but when I beach/anchor, the accomodations are pretty decent with the camper top up. Its a mix of both hard cabin and camper top. When its just me, the cabin makes for a warm, cozy bedroom, while the camper section makes my living room. Its a huge step up comfort wise from sleeping on trampolenes and hammock tents in the trees. The boat does have both a dodger and a bimini. I sail into december, we get snow here starting as early as October, so I do appreciate the protection from the bimini and dodger. The design is kind of ingenuos. The Bimini top forms the roof of the camper top. To get underway in crappy weather, you can leave the bimini top and dodger up and just remove the side and rear camper top panels.
  11. This is the filter I mentioned. It's awesome. Basically, I carry a couple cases of water for emergencies and everythihg else comes from river sources. https://www.katadyn.com/us/us/428-8019160-katadyn-gravity-camp-6l_usa
  12. I am younger than you, but not a kid, and yes, I have been pleanty hard on myself, both for sport and as a matter of employment. I would be curious to see your caloric calculations and why it is you dont feel you could carry adequate supplies on a smaller boat. Your semi displacement boat doesnt really look like she would be an exceptional load carrier for her LOA to me, but it hardly matters, even an 18 ft canoe can carry 1000 pounds of gear. Boats can carry a lot of stuff. For water resupply I upgraded last year from the old hand pump filters to a 6 liter gravity filter. Its awesome, any fresh water becomes drinking water, just fill it up and walk away. You should check them out if you dont already have one. Oh, and I am not dising your boat choice, we all like our boats idiosyncracies and all, there is an Odin 820 at my local marina, I kind of like it, similar boat to yours I think? Its just been my experience you can get a lot done in a small boat, if small boats are your thing.
  13. Something I havent been following with this thread or its related threads is the focus on size of the trailer sailor. Most trailer sailors I know, and I know a few, are not so much proud of how large their trailer sailers are but rather how small they are, and they go off on exciting, long and remote voyages, not because of their boats comfort systems, but in spite of the systems. People go voyaging in all kinds of small boats, for many weeks to months. My 21 ft Sharpie has been good for me for up to a month, but if I had the vacation time, I know I could be happy cruising around on her for months. She has everything I need to be happy. A comfy bed, a dry cabin, a galley, a porta potti, loads of storage for one person. I wouldnt take her to the Carribean, but that has nothing to do with size and everything to do with her flat bottom and 9 inch draft. One doesnt have to look too hard to find lots of examples of folks doing lots of remote cruising on small boats. Paradox, at 14 ft comes to mind as an example. http://www.microcruising.com/pictures.htm I have an aquaintance who recently paddled a canoe some 1000 km down the Mckenzie River to the Beaufort Sea. It doesnt get a whole lot more remote than that. There are no crocodiles there, but there are polar bears, I think if I had to pick my poison for an unplanned swim, I might chose warm water and crocs over bergy bits and polar bears. I feel like the size of the trailer sailor is a red herring, no special size of trailer sailor is needed to reach out of the way places and spend weeks or months there. A few years back I happened across this series of Youtube vids about a couple who took off on a most unlikely voyage in a DS17 of all boats. I am a bit fuzzy onbthe details but it went something like; they trailered the boat the length of the Labrador Highway, which was unpaved, to Goose Bay Labrador. Then they loaded the boat as deck cargo onto a coastal freighter, that took them way up north into theLabador Sea, where they launched. Then they sailed north to the Torngat Mountains and spent the summer cruising there. A DS 17 at the entrance to the Hudson straight, sorrounded by large populations of polar bears and other various dangerous things. They didnt need any specific size of boat; just a boat, a trailer and a destination. Heres the first vid in the series:
  14. TBW

    Everglades Challenge 2019

    How are you guys getting your weather forecasts down there? I found once you get a bit south of Everglades City I couldn't get anything on my Handheld VHF. Next year I plan on taking a SPOTX, so at least my wife will be able to text me forecasts, but it will still be pretty basic.
  15. TBW

    Everglades Challenge 2019

    Origo Heat Pal cold take the edge off the chill. Curious if any one knows the revised cut off times for the remaining checkpoints?