Tuesday, July 16, 2013
We sailed into Williams Marina from Mulcaster Island on Tuesday afternoon with no problems.
It was very hot and the marina is in a place called Ivy Lea which is in the middle of nowhere, especially if one has no car, so we basically stayed put. There was another marina next door which had a little restaurant so we had pizza for dinner, enjoyed our first shower in a week, then went to bed early, expecting the mechanic, Roger, to come to our aid in the morning.
By the way…while anchored we swam several times every day so we were clean but a nice hot shower was a treat.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Roger promptly arrived at 9 a.m. to do the repairs. He worked for 3 hours but the alternator needed modifications in order to fit Guinevere so final repairs were put on hold until the alternator could be adapted.
While Roger and Rick were at the boat, I took my bike 12 km to Gananoque to get a few groceries. There was a paved bike path for most of the way so the ride was pleasant but the weather was hot, 87 degrees F, and humid.
Later, I did some watercolour painting for the first time on this trip and it felt good to get messy.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent mostly entertaining ourselves with a short bike ride, reading, going to the marina restaurant next door for a draft beer in the air conditioning, and waiting for Thursday to arrive so we could, hopefully, get the boat repairs completed.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Yippee! By 11 a.m. Roger had finished the job and Guinevere was ready to be on the road (water).
Rick and I motored about 5 nautical miles to beautiful Camelot Island, another Thousand Island National Park. We had to bring Lady Guinevere to Camelot! It was our first experience hooking up to a mooring ball and it took us two tries before we were successfully attached. I drove the boat while Rick leaned way over the pulpit to grab the hook on the ball and attach a line. Another day on the water, another learning experience for us!
The weather is very odd. We`ve had extremely hot weather for a few days and we are expecting a cold front to come in within a couple days. This evening a few storms have moved through the area. The cloud formations were awesome and the winds were unpredictable.
We are very thankful to have our sailboat back in working condition and we are keeping our fingers crossed that she is now fit for the trip home.
Williams Marina was our most easterly destination this summer. We are now heading west, eventually making our way home from here. Phase 2 of our adventure begins.
Life is grand!