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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 11 Aug 2007 18:50 #1

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Well, we had planned our first trip to get away for a week down to the 1000 islands with our new to us boat. Thursday Morning, I started the day with the intentions of working untill 5, going down to the boat, giving it a nice cleaning, pack away all the food, get pumped out, fill it up with gas and be ready to leave bright and early friday morning. Unfourtunately a shocking phone call that my grandfather had been killed in a farming accident thursday morning threw a wrench into that plan.

After a lot of thinking my wife and I, along with help of my parents decided we should still go on our trip. So friday morning we got the stuff done we needed and My sister, her boyfriend, my wife and I left Belleville around 11:30.

The weather was great, nice hot sunny day. we had a great cruise down to Kingston, stopping a couple of times along the way for a swim. We pulled into Kingston's confederation Basin around 7 oclock.

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We got docked, checked in, then got cleaned up and went across the road to the Tir' na Nog for a bite to eat and a Nice cold Draft. (I always like to have a "post docking with no problems Pint") Saturday we basically hung around Kingston for the day, check out the market, just relaxed,

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and took in the city. Sunday morning we cruised over to the north west side of Grindstone Island where there is a really nice sandy beach that we achored at, that was great for the confidence driving the boat, pulling in, anchoring, and we even ended up rafting with some buddies.

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The Swimming was awesome, crystal Clear water, all sand. It was my first time seeing anything like this, with so many boats. (I am a newbie)

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After the Day at the Beach we went over to Gananoque and docked for the night. A quick 11 dollar cab ride gets you to the casino. I managed to come ahead 45 dollars, but some others riding with us made a nice charitable donation to the casino.

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 11 Aug 2007 19:02 #2

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Monday morning we woke up and hitched a ride with some friends back to Kingston where we had a parked so we could go home for the wake and funeral. Tuesday evening we returned to the boat, and at this point it was now just my wife and I. Finnaly got some time alone, and this is what we had for a veiw off our stern.

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Tuesday night we shared a bottle of wine, and relaxed after a busy weekend.

Wednesday morning we woke up and headed out for a little run, went down under the Bridge at Ivy Lee,

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Then on around to Boldt castle for a little tour.

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It was really neet down near there, tons of boat traffic, the castle was really cool to see as well.

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 11 Aug 2007 19:15 #3

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after a brief stop at the castle, we continued on around the islands back to that Beach off Grindstone Island. There was a lot less boats there at this point. It was here we spent our first night out on the hook. I was a little nervous, and didnt sleep that well. But it was good to get that out of my system. (does that feeling of drifting to the rocks ever go away..?) This is what we had to ourselves, there was not another boat in site, the wind died down and I think we polished off a couple of bottles of wine that night, and had a nice bbq off the back of the boat.

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I managed to get this great shot, that I think I am going to get blown up for our house. The next morning, we woke up, had some breakfest, a coffee, and a little swim. All good things must come to an end, it was home time. Not before wrecking and Impeller, over heating a little and waiting 3 hours to get a new one. After the week we had that was a minor issue, we were fixed up and back on our way to Belleville around 4 oclock. after a 3.5 hour cruise back, we were safely docked back at home. We had a great time and cant wait untill we can get away again. Next time we hope to have a little less eventfull holiday, but none the less, it was Awesome.!!!

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 11 Aug 2007 20:48 #4

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Looks fantastic Mike, thanks for sharing.

I often envy you guys in the states being able to have holidays like that but with the summer we're having in Ireland I can hardly even make it out of the marina !

So enjoy it as much as you can !

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 12 Aug 2007 01:47 #5

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Sounds just like our vacation Mike!

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 13 Aug 2007 15:55 #6

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Nice story and pictures. I guess you crammed in a lot of experience on that trip. I think your a few steps higher up the ladder now than a 'newbie'

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 13 Aug 2007 17:40 #7

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Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing!
Can you expound on your impeller problem a bit? How did that come up?

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 14 Aug 2007 15:30 #8

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The Impellar problem wasnt a huge deal because I caught it in time. The day we were planning on heading home after sleeping at the beach on the hook is when it happened. I idled out from the beach, putting away all the lines, then all of a sudden the warning buzzer was going off, The temperature was at about 195,..and rising. So I shut it off right away, and let it cool back down to about 165. We were only about 10 minutes from the Gan' marina. So I headed straight there. What I did was start it and basically as soon as it was running, I went straight up on plane. That seemed to force the water in and keep it at normal operating temp. (175) What had happened was the impeller exploded. I dont know whether it was from sucking up some sand, or debry. The little rubber impeller, had 1 fin left on it when we got it apart. So Merc sells a kit, for 145 bucks, (maybe less, but I was stuck and had to get home) we put the new impeller in and away we went. It actually runs about 10 degrees colder now than it did, so I am guessing that it was maybe getting a little weak.

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 14 Aug 2007 16:13 #9

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Mike;58737 wrote: The Impellar problem wasnt a huge deal because I caught it in time. The day we were planning on heading home after sleeping at the beach on the hook is when it happened. I idled out from the beach, putting away all the lines, then all of a sudden the warning buzzer was going off, The temperature was at about 195,..and rising. So I shut it off right away, and let it cool back down to about 165. We were only about 10 minutes from the Gan' marina. So I headed straight there. What I did was start it and basically as soon as it was running, I went straight up on plane. That seemed to force the water in and keep it at normal operating temp. (175) What had happened was the impeller exploded. I dont know whether it was from sucking up some sand, or debry. The little rubber impeller, had 1 fin left on it when we got it apart. So Merc sells a kit, for 145 bucks, (maybe less, but I was stuck and had to get home) we put the new impeller in and away we went. It actually runs about 10 degrees colder now than it did, so I am guessing that it was maybe getting a little weak.


WOW, that was lucky. So did you have to change the impeller with the boat in the water or did the lift it out for you? That must have been interesting.

By the way, I am geographcially challenged. What part of the world were you boatiing on. I see the place names but am not familiar with them and I don't get any clue from your profile. (BTW, congratulations on being the only with with just MIKE!) I am dreaming about the future, ya' know and folks like you sharing these wonderful stories keeps me going. :)

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 14 Aug 2007 16:24 #10

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Thanks for sharing, my condolences for your loss.

The pics were great!

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 14 Aug 2007 17:57 #11

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Lazlo;58775 wrote: Thanks for sharing, my condolences for your loss.

The pics were great!
But if it were me, this one would be going up in the house.

WE GOT OURSELVES ANOTHER HOTTIE!


Ha, ya she came with the boat.

As for the impeller, I didnt actually have to lift the boat. On that motor/drive, the impellar is run off the serpentine belt. It is actually fairly easy to get at, right in the engine hatch. The kit from Merc is the impellar, and the housing around it, One whole unit. They charged 1.5 hours. 300 bucks I was back running again. (parts and labour) It leaked a little water into the bilge while actually swapping the hose, but other than that it was an easy job.

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 14 Aug 2007 23:11 #12

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Nice pics glad you had a goodtime ...:)

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 14 Aug 2007 23:46 #13

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You should've seen the one that got away . . . . . . . (couldn't resist).:D

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 06 Jan 2009 11:43 #14

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Mike;57859 wrote: Well, we had planned our first trip to get away for a week down to the 1000 islands with our new to us boat. Thursday Morning, I started the day with the intentions of working untill 5, going down to the boat, giving it a nice cleaning, pack away all the food, get pumped out, fill it up with gas and be ready to leave bright and early friday morning. Unfourtunately a shocking phone call that my grandfather had been killed in a farming accident thursday morning threw a wrench into that plan.

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The weather was great, nice hot sunny day. we had a great cruise down to Kingston, stopping a couple of times along the way for a swim. We pulled into Kingston's confederation Basin around 7 oclock.

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We got docked, checked in, then got cleaned up and went across the road to the Tir' na Nog for a bite to eat and a Nice cold Draft. (I always like to have a "post docking with no problems Pint") Saturday we basically hung around Kingston for the day, check out the market, just relaxed,

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and took in the city. Sunday morning we cruised over to the north west side of Grindstone Island where there is a really nice sandy beach that we achored at, that was great for the confidence driving the boat, pulling in, anchoring, and we even ended up rafting with some buddies.

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The Swimming was awesome, crystal Clear water, all sand. It was my first time seeing anything like this, with so many boats. (I am a newbie)

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After the Day at the Beach we went over to Gananoque and docked for the night. A quick 11 dollar cab ride gets you to the casino. I managed to come ahead 45 dollars, but some others riding with us made a nice charitable donation to the casino.


Thats potter's beach, I grew up in that area. Just a short 15 minute boat ride away! Great place. The admiral and I absolutely love Kingston. Great city!!!!

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 06 Jan 2009 15:05 #15

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When this thread originated it was summer and we were cruising the Kingston & Thousand Island area too.

Now, in the grips of winter, it is so much nicer seeing those pictures again. Thanks for dredging it back up Darjen.

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 06 Jan 2009 21:28 #16

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My stepfather owns a cottage about 2 minutes around the backside of Grindstone from Potter's. Never been to Potters though, we always anchored off Picton Island on the west side. Also a nice sandy bay.

I grew up near Clayton, so these pics bring back memories.

I also know that the NW corner of Grindstone is a navigation minefield.

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Our first holiday on the boat, (with pics) 07 Jan 2009 00:29 #17

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Gota love that 1st night on teh hook eh. I bet I woke up at least 6 times, coulda swore we were moving!!! For me it goes away, having a drift alarm helps i hear ;)

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