Another Day at the Collins Bay Marina

We’ve had another challenging, interesting, productive day at the Kingston Collins Bay Marina aboard our Ontario 32 sailboat, Guinevere.

We’ve been here for 5 days and, as you can see from my previous posts, we’ve done our best to ready the boat for the season. Today was a banner day because we finally attached the sails, put up the bimini enclosure, and made room on the settee so we can sit comfortably!

bimini, dodger, lazy jacks

Here’s Guinevere all dolled up in her bimini, dodger and lazy jacks.

We are going to enjoy the lazy jacks. They help to flake the main sail when taking it down. No more struggling for us.

Our plan is to work on the boat for about 2 and a half weeks here in Kingston, drive home to Windsor and stay for 5 days around Father’s Day so we can visit with Rick’s dad and so we can enjoy the company of our two sons, then return to Kingston by bus or train when our real vacation will begin.

We’ve reserved a dock at this marina for the month of June. During that time we plan to enjoy Kingston and take a few day and overnight trips around the area. In July we plan to venture out for some trips around the beautiful Thousand Islands which are just around the corner from Kingston. From there we will make our way across Lake Ontario, through the Welland Canal, then on through Lake Erie to the marina where we will put our boat up on the hard in LaSalle, Ontario just outside of Windsor where we live.

We (Rick, mostly) will work on the boat throughout the fall by doing some of the deck, hull, and rudder work that needs to be done. Next summer we plan to pretty well stay around our home base of Windsor at our beloved Riverside Marina. We may do some trips in Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Next fall, in 2014, we may head down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida where we can enjoy the warmth of a winter down south. I know that these sound like big plans. They are open to revision any time. We’ll just have to wait and see what strikes our fancy!

I promised a before and after sort of picture for you when I finally cleared a spot in the boat. Here’s the same settee that I photographed yesterday. Pretty nice now, eh?

starboard settee

This is the same starboard settee that was pictured in yesterday’s post. We are finally clearing up some of the mess and it feels good.

Also, I want to proudly show off my wonderful galley. I love to cook and I’m finding it interesting to play in this miniature space. I plan to write about some of our meals in a future post.

Guinevere's Galley

I’m having a good time creating some meals in this little corner of the boat.

Until next time, happy sailing!

Guinevere on Day 6

Guinevere on Day 5

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