No. 13 - October, 1974

CRUISING GUIDE: "AROUND THE HORN"

Lori & Bob Baird

 

(Lori is Bob's 16 year old daughter and third place finisher in the nationals. The Bairds, who live in Beaconsfield, aue. got their T22 (no.18) when Lori was 11. Since then, Lori has turned into one of the best young skippers on Lake St. Louis.)

 

If you can stand the agony of living on a Tanzer 22 for five beautiful days with your mast lashed to the deck, while the breezes are gusting to force 6, you can be more than adequately compensated by passing through some of the most beautiful country in Eastern Canada.

 

In spite of misgivings about not being able to sail over a portion of the trip, we decided to cruise the triangular route: Montreal - Ottawa - Kingston - Montreal during our two week July vacation this year. Some    wag in our family tagged it sailing "around the horn".

 

For T22 skippers not familiar with this territory, this entailed sailing in a westerly direction from Montreal up the Ottawa River to Canada's Capital city, a distance of 105 miles; then south westerly through the Rideau Waterway to Kingston, Ontario, a distance of 124 miles; then down the St. Lawrence River, through the 1,000 Islands and the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal, a distance of 165 miles. The total trip of 394 miles was done at a leisurely pace in 16 days.    

 

The one cause for our hesitancy in taking this trip is that the Rideau Waterway is crossed by numerous bridges with clearances of only 26 to 31 feet. After studying the locations of the low bridges, we decided to drop the mast and leave it down for the five days we took to travel the Waterway. If you are more ambitious or have more time, the mast could be stepped for sailing in the upper Rideau Lakes.

 

The Rideau Waterway, built over 140 years ago as an alternate military supply route from Montreal to Kingston, passes through country that is untouched by commerce, and is thinly settled. This silver chain of rivers and lakes, linked by small, hand operated locks and serpentine channels, is one of the most beautiful of all the inland water routes in North America. There are twenty groups of locks starting with the Flight of Eight at Ottawa and finishing with the Three in Flight at Kingston Mills, making a total of 49 locks. The total lift up and down is 439 feet.

 

These locks are surrounded by velvety, green lawns and gardens that have been tenderly cared for by the lock keepers for generations. The lock areas are encircled by beautiful stands of Cedar, Jack Fine, and Oak and Maple. Picnic tables, clean washroom facilities, and uncrowded free mooring space are available at each group of locks. Frequent villages or marinas along the way have ice, fuel, supplies and pump out stations.

 

The locks, with picturesque names such as Old Slys, Poonamalie, Brewer's Mills and Hogs Back, are made of limestone rocks, hand hewn and fitted by Scots masons. The locks are all the same size (133' x 33’) with clearance over the sills of 5 1/2 feet. The gates are, with the exception of one or two, all manually operated by very courteous and friendly lock keepers.

 

We left Pointe Claire Yacht Club early Saturday morning and spent the two hour run up to the Trans-Canada Highway Bridge, over the Lake of

Two Mountains, just stowing the mountains of gear, and generally getting organized. We were two adults and three children - 7, 12 and 16 aboard, so considerable ingenuity was involved here. We hoisted sail just above the bridge, and with winds 15-20 MPH, we had an eight mile reach to Hudson Yacht Club, where we stopped for a swim. The wind continued fresh, anchored for the night. The bay has no name on the chart. How­ever, later in the evening after a delicious dinner aboard Tim and Claire Evans' T22 (no. 169), we Christened it "Cointreau Bay." Early Sunday morning we tacked the five miles up to the Carillon Lock.

 

Passage through here took nearly two hours. It is a large lock with a lift of 65’. This is the highest single lift on the trip. If you are interested, Hydro auebec conducts tours of the adjacent power facilities.

 

The 10 mile lake above the dam from Carillon to Hawkesbury is wide, and normally would provide excellent sailing. However, it was a 90 degree July afternoon without a cloud or a breeze, so we motored for 5 hours up to Montebello, arriving at 7:30, and in time for dinner at the Seigniory Club.

 

The Seigniory Club has good docking facilities. Only a limited number of boats can be accommodated, however, so it would be wise to reserve in advance. All the facilities of a luxury hotel are found here, with price corresponding. Docking charges, however, are nominal and allow you to use the pool, showers and other facilities.

 

A tour of this distinguished old log structure with its gigantic central fireplace, and the nearby Louis-Joseph Parizeau seigniory house are well worth the time.

 

The next morning a 15 mph breeze allowed us a close reach up the Ottawa to well above Rockland, before dying winds forced us back to the motor. From Carillon to Ottawa (71 miles) there are numerous logs and deadheads in the river; but at our speed this was no problem.

 

We approached Ottawa at dusk. As choice marinas appeared to be limited, we picked the Seaplane Base at the Canadian Forces Base, Rockcliffe. The marina facilities here are somewhat primitive; but they suited our purposes as we were now close enough to the city of Ottawa to allow us to visit friends during the evening. Of interest are the airplane hangers with antique planes on the opposite side of the landing field ­a very comprehensive collection.

 

The early morning run took us past Pierre Elliot Trudeau's back balcony at Rockcliffe, and Margaret waved as we motored by. (it might have been a chamber maid.) As we rounded the Nepean Point into Entrance Bay, we were treated to a spectacular view of Canada's Parliament Buildings and Peace Tower; a view that is reserved only for those who travel our waterways.

 

On the port side as we entered the bay there is a long wooden wharf running perpendicular to the shoreline, with a small restaurant above. We docked here, and at the entrance to the Rideau Waterway just outside the locks, we unstepped the mast with the help of one of the spectators.


 

 

WARNING: See in the Telltale Compass that there's a dangerous kind of rubber snubber (you know, those mooring line shock absorbers.) They are called Scandia Mooring Compensators and have metal reinforcement moulded into the ends of the snubber. In some cases the rubber covering the plate has split, allowing the sharp metal edges to cut the mooring lines.

 

 

Lot of good stuff at:

West Products, 161 Prescott St. p.o. box 707, East Boston, Mass. 02/28 (Their Sealine products are excellent quality at good prices.)

James Bliss & Co., Rte 128 (at exit 61) Dedham, Mass. 02026

Manhattan Marine, 116 Chambers St., New York, New York 10007 (pricey) National Marine & Electronics Corp., P.O. box 870, Main p.a., Miami, Fla. 33101

Ship Shop, Inc., 338 New York Ave., Huntington, N.Y. 11743 Seabarts, P.O. Box 1, Willoughby, Ohio, 44094 United Marine Corp., 6214 Evergreen, Houston, Texas.

 

The following company makes many good gift ideas. The T22 is one of many designs which they have engraved on pewter: money clips, desk sets, lighters, plates, trays, etc. Your sail number is included in the price and if you want your name on also, it's 10 cents a letter. Martingale Co., Box 365, 18 Sewcol St. Marblehead, Mass. 01945. Prices start at $10.50.

 


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS from Tanzer Industries

Stuart Zahniser has asked about fiberglassing the hull - deck join. Eric Spencer says that unless two or three layers of fibreglass mat were applied the working of the boat in a seaway would probably crack the fibreglass. If the necessary layers of fibreglass were applied, the rub rail would probably not fit back on. He adds that experiments are in progress with a different kind of bonding material between the two flanges which will hopefully improve the situation.

 

In the event that you suffer problems with lee helm in very light air, heeling the boat slightly to leeward (sit the crew to leeward) should solve the problem.

 

Yes. . . a dodger as made by Tanzer Industries does obviate the need for screening of the main companionway at night.

 

Winter Project: Those little plastic hinge lid boxes, with divided

sections are a good way to keep track of all those small bits and pieces; cotter pins - rings - nuts & bolts - screws. Stainless steel is nonmagnetic; so you can use a magnet to check out any suspicious items. Get fancy if you wish, and label the cover with Dymo labels.

 

One of our local owners re-painted his hull with two coats of marine polyurethane paint last spring. Cleaned and sanded the hull, and lightly sanded between coats. Came out beautifully - hard to tell from the original gelcoat. And after a summers use, hardly shows any sign of fading or dulling. If anything, was slightly more scratch resistant than the gelcoat.

 


CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS

To make yourself:

* some pillow covers, so your pillows will look like cushions & embroider on your boat's name ...

* A sectional cutlery drawer to go under the table.

* A centipede sail furler from shock cord.

* Sherlock OB motor lock - similar to one described in Newsletter no. 12. Looks really thief-proof and costs $12.75 from the Bliss Catalogue.

* Electric eye automatic anchor light (turns itself on & off) for you who moorin busy areas. $36.95 from Bliss.

* Winch covers. $2.95 each for Barlow 16s from E&B Marine Supply.

* Rigger's Handy tool bag - $8.50 from Wests. It has a deep main section, 9 outside vertical multi-size pockets, and pockets to hold cotter pins, screws, etc.

* Wind proof gimballed ash tray. $3.25 from Goldberg’s.

* A can of anti-fouling paint. He's going to buy it anyway.

* A CSY Cruise 'n learn vacation in the Grenadines.

* A good deck brush.

 - Guzzler "500" bilge pump. $26.95 at E&B Marine Supply. Not starred because it's hard to admit you're giving her a bilge pump. Sounds really bad, fellas.

* A Peter Storm sweater.

* Plastic tool box with nice rounded corners. Fits on cabin shelf. $4.25 ­- Goldberg' s.

* A strong nylon or canvas carry-all The big size will hold a 50lb. block of ice. All catalogues have them

* A folding oven. Bliss catalogue and I won't tell you the price. It's awful.

* A Mayfair swim ladder. Folds up to nothing, great to use. Pricey in all catalogues.

* A little cabin (kerosine) lamp. Smallest is from Bliss - only 9" high.

* A really good dividers.

* A "Director Instrument" - Danforth, Airguide, Ritchie, or Ritchie "tack tracker".

* A clinometer. A fun gadget.

* Depth sounder. Seafarers are good. Heathkit makes a nice little digital job.

* A sumlog. About $160. Yes, I know he doesn't deserve it. Give him instead some Gimballed drink holders.

 

ALL THOSE CATALOGS (mail order)

 

The following three have the best prices:

Goldbergs, 202 Market Street, Philadelphia, Penna. 19106.

E & B Maine supply, 257 Bertrand Ave., Perth Amboy, N.J. 08861. Pacific Marine Rope, P.O. box 5356 Fullerton, Cal. 92635. (they carry everything.)

 

Best prices in Canada:

Marine Order Supply Centre, 65 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill, Ont.

 

Then there's:

Tom Taylor, 136 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, Ontario

 

 

 

A toilet paper dispencer - electrical panel cover.

This unit dispenses the snall squares of paper used in public washrooms, which according to John Charters decompose most easily

in your holding tank.

 

The unit is mounted with 2 SS bolts and nuts holding the lower half. In order to secure it so that it does not fall off while on the swivels, a plastic encased magnet cupboard clamp was used on top of the box. A celluloid film was glued just over the holding screws so that paper stack did not snag on the switches. The upper half can thus be tilted towards you so that either the 2”x4” paper stacks can be

 

 

 

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