Jul 15 – Aug 13 Days 230-238 (on the water) Where’s Waldo?

Holy smokes, how long has it been?! If you’re going to break something mechanical, there’s no point going for half measures. Turns out in addition to the propellers, we damaged the outdrive and blew the motor. So, we basically had to get brand new everything to continue the journey…. you go Bayliner! The good news is that N finally allowed himself to file an insurance claim for something (that’s why it’s called accident insurance) and the better news was that it was 100% covered! That’s right, one brand new drivetrain coming up.

We left the boat for repairs at a little marina off the Trent Severn Waterway in Orillia, Canada, and headed home. B was perfectly delighted to get her grandma time in early and for longer than planned (we’d always intended to go home in late July for two weeks so with this damage we got an extra week)

 

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B was happy with her daily grandma routine with young Malcolm!

 

while N got to get his annual moto trip around WA in and play a lot of golf.

 

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OK, it’s been a boating blog, but the title includes “by land” so here’s some land action. North Cascades Hwy!

 

 

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WA weather was great for biking! Early morning one hand shot at 70mph!

 

 

 

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Here’s what a motorcycle “marina” looks like! NO, that trike is not N’s!

 

 

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OK, ok, it’s about boating, but c’mon, tough to beat WA state in the July sunshine. N rode right through here!

 

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…plenty of time left for golf!

 

The weather back home was absolutely amazing with sunshine and blue skies every day unlike Canada where the summer has been unseasonably rainy and cool. Oh well!

We were delighted monitoring the marina from afar as they hit every milestone, communicated regularly, and got the work done on-time and at budget. We returned to Canada August 6th to find our RioMarLago peacefully floating at the dock with a beautifully clean bilge filled with a brand new shiny motor. There was some concern about the motor’s performance with our custom 22” props as the boat felt slow to get onto plane and the marina guys simply could not believe she could be that underpowered. Uhmmm…. you go Bayliner price point strategy! Mechanics convinced N to swap to smaller prop to save engine…. more on that later.

 

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Coming out of the water yet again!

 

 

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Long prop discussion! Yes, the swim step look grossly stained with tannins, but N has subsequently cleaned it up.

 

After a careful briefing in which N was told our new motor requires special care during its 20-hour break-in period including no time above 70% throttle and no more than 10 minutes at one constant rpm, we were off. It was good to be underway once more, but OMG…. this engine break-in stuff is tedious.

 

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Reduce the hairline and remove the beard and you have the Captain of RioMarLargo. 

 

At least we had the Big Chute and last of the locks to look forward to before finally entering Georgian Bay. We made it from Orillia to the Big Chute in one day, but decided to stay up river and watch how this “lock” operated before simply jumping in. We’re glad we did!

 

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End of the bay, end of the line…. nope, you take this railway contraption up and over!

 

 

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…it truly is unbelievable. Multiple boats on a “rail car”.

 

 

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Scene from the helm as we descend.

 

 

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Then you’re plopped in the water and you boat away! 

 

Now we’re in Georgian Bay which is at the top of Lake Huron. This is major “cottage” (Canadian for beach house) country with all sorts of homes scattered across what are seemingly thousands of little rocky islands and inlets.

 

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Check it out! Channel marker smack in middle of island. Which way to go? Notice house on tiny island.

 

The boating is great, BUT you gotta watch the markers because there’s no sand to hit here, only rocks!

 

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The local grocery store figures it pays out to stock props! Should tell you something. 

 

We ended up getting invited to a Canadian cruising rendezvous (Canadians are amazingly friendly!) so we took some time out to join their trip (see pic in header).

 

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Narrow little cut on way to Georgian Bay.

 

 

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If you’ve gotta go at 25% throttle you ight as well have some nice scenery! Notice N’s standard optical fashion…. 2x’ers over sunglasses!

 

It was just as well since it afforded N an opportunity to get fully frustrated with the smaller pitch props and conclude we need to go big or go home (or break…again!). The smaller pitch props don’t get the boat going as fast as the 22’s at the same rpms so we burn more gas and go slower…. who does that? Anyway, we’re going to switch back to our 22’ props and fortunately we’re close to a place affiliated with the place we had the initial work done so we’ll swap out. We’ve lost count of how many haul outs we’ve had… you go Bayliner!

 

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Whatever the speed there are some awesome little channels and bays to negotiate. 

 

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So one guy did jump in and swim this waterfall… we didn’t!

 

 

 

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We’ve also found amazing anchorages. In this case it was a short walk from the boat to this island lake. Wait, it was a lake on an island in a lake! Whoa! 

 

Speaking of traveling in Canada, we’re learning all sorts of things. For example, when we see a sign that says NO WAKE ZONE, we assume it means slow down and leave no wake, but apparently here in Canada it’s different. Seems there was a universal typo where ALL the signs were meant to read NO, WAKE ZONE! See the comma? So, you’re supposed to leave a HUGE wake whenever you see the sign like as you pass marinas, cottages, etc.…. who would have known!? Also, if someone asked you if you needed “hydro”, whaddya think? Water maybe? Nope, it’s power! Of course, electricians are electricians, but they work on hydro!

 

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She’s ALIVE! Here we are powering ahead across Georgian Bay! 

 

OK, time to get this post posted and pass the baton. RioMarLago out!

 

2 thoughts on “Jul 15 – Aug 13 Days 230-238 (on the water) Where’s Waldo?”

  1. Yay!!! I am glad to know you are back on the boat! I loved Nick’s motorcycle pictures.

    The boat challenges sound arduous! Nick wanted a new boat in Florida! Thank God for insurance!

    Where is Ziggy?

    Keep on keepin’ on! In Savannah! Love you Guys! 🦉🦌🦅

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  2. How sweet it is to have “One If By Land” to read over my morning coffee. Thanks for the great pics and prose. Get those big props going. You can always replace an engine. Also, SO good to see you in T-town.

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