1990 Canadian Sailcraft CS34 Shoal Draft
Sail #8268

1982 Catalina 22 Fin Keel
Sail #10506

1994 MUMM 36 ACE
Sail # 29206

Thursday, August 30, 2012


I purchased a used NAVPOD off of Kijiji for $80.  The guy I bought it off of was from Collingwood, and he had a friend drop it off at RCYC with Carson Woods.  Turns out Carson designed his house.  Small world!

This unit new is over $400. 

I have just placed the unit on the binnacle to see how it will look.  Next step is to buy an angled binnacle guard to mount it. 

The face has been cut for a 12" chartplotter and four ST60 instruments.  I plan on getting a piece of starboard and place it over the face to give a nice look. 

Plans are to mount:
  • Raymarine E7 chartplotter
  • Raymarine i7 instrument
  • Raymarine i70 autopilot
  • Standard Horizon VHF remote

C22 Whitby Race Night

Got down to the club after 5pm, and the wind was howling.  Peter was saying it was 15 knots, with gusts in the mid 20s from the SW.

John came with the teenage daughter Madeline.  She did great!

WindFinder was saying the winds were going to lighten as the night went on, so we went out with just the main, and tried out the boat in the wind and waves.  We hoisted the #1, and the boat was powered up, but not overwelmed.

Course was 4 medium, as expected.

We practiced a couple of tacks with Madeline so she could understand what was happening before the start.

We had a good start, but the waves would kill our speed every 4th or 5th wave.  At the windward mark, we had to duck several starboard tack boats and lost a bunch of time.  We could have tacked in front of them before the mark, but didn't want any troubles.

The winds sure lightened and the waves took over.  Very surprised they didn't shorted the race; 3 hours on the water is too long as it is getting darker sooner.  We finished just before the 2 hour race curfew.  We were 4th to finish and may have caught one of the boats in front on corrected time.

There was an AWESOME sunset, and the moon was almost full; very bright.

Best of all Madeline didn't feed the fish!

Update: we came in 4th of 5 boats

Kinda pissed that we had to majorly duck a Catalina 25 Iris who finished before us and was taking down their sails.  UPDATE: Chris said this week that his tiller had broken off the rudder near the end of the race!

Trip Odometer: 13.30 miles
Moving Avg: 4.4 knots
Moving Time: 02:59:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120829.kmz

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Newcastle on Santeria

Final Tuesday race in Newcastle: Neil, Peter, and I.

WindS were blowing 15 knots with gusts over 20 from the NW, so course was 6 legs (N-W-S-N-W-S-N). 

We spent some time at the dock tightening stays,and hooking up reefing lines in the main.

We went out with just main to get a feel for the wind/waves/puffs.  We were NOT being overpowed, but were watching our competition Wind Dancer and Cajun with reefs in their mains and furled genoas, so we decided to go with the #2 (135%) vs the #1 (155%).  PERFECT amount of sail.  We were able to drop the traveller on the main in the puffs and keep the boat on its feet.

Wind Dancer pulled ahead right from the start, but we kept with them.

We were done the first three legs in 28 minutes.

On the 3rd leg, the bolt holding the tiller on the rudder managed to spin off and we lost control of the rudder.  We quickly balanced the sails so the rudder was not required, and had to use a set of vice grips on the bolt and lash it to the rudder with some line. We lost a bit of time, but kept our boat speed close the 6 knots the entire time.

After the 2nd upwind leg, the winds were diminishing, so we did a sail change to the #1.  Took a couple on minutes, and we lost 1 knot of speed while we dropped the #2, hanked on the #1, and hoisted it.  It was done quickly and smoothly.

We finished well back of Wind Dancer, but were proud of how we sailed.

Trip Odometer: 10.2 miles
Moving Avg: 6.1 knots
Moving Time: 02:03:04

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120828.kmz

Monday, August 27, 2012

Newcastle on Santeria

Sunday race series and Neil did not want to be single handing.

10 knot winds from the south, a little lumpy, but more than enough wind to overcome the waves. 
Full main and #1.

Only four boats out, course was an olympic triangle (N-S-W-N-S-N).

We had a GREAT start, while all the other boats had a BAD start. 

We kept our boat speed up over 6 knots the entire race.

Wind Dancer caught us on the 2nd last leg, and we hung on their stern the rest of the way, finishing 15 seconds behind them.  We won the race on corrected time.

Trip Odometer: 9.98 miles
Moving Avg: 4.5 knots (this included taking finish times for the other boats)
Moving Time: 02:14:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120826.kmz

Saturday, August 25, 2012

CS34 Dinner with Dave and Mannon

My grade school friend Dave and his girlfriend Mannon had not been on the boat yet, so we invited them for dinner and a sail.

They came by around 7pm, after dropping their daughter Maria off at a teen dance.

We immediately left the dock and headed for a mooring ball by the clubhouse.  Dave took the wheel going out the channel and liked it.  There was only a couple knots of wind, not enough to sail, but it had been blowing all day from the SE, so it was a little wavy.  The moon was very bright.

Once on the the mooring ball, we BBQed some steaks, and had wonderful dinner.

When we were done after 9pm, we decided to go sailing another day, as they had to pickup Maria at 10pm in Oshawa, so were motored around the Whitby Harbour.  Coming back to the club, I went on the wrong side of a port/green marker, and got stuck in the mud.  Took about a minute to get off.

Here is where we got stuck:

I went on the wrong side of the MX7 buoy
 It was a fun night.

Trip Odometer: 3.05 miles
Moving Avg: 3.5 knots
Moving Time: 00:52:25
Stopped Time: 03:10:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120824.kmz

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

C22 Whitby Race Night

This was the last race of series #3.  Little Still Time is in 5th of 9 boats, as I missed 2 of the 5 races.

Winds were about 10 knots from the SSW, course was setup as 4 short, and was shorted to just a triangle as the winds were diminishing.  Full racing main and light #1.

I was out singlehanded as John had playoff hockey.

Had a great start on a starboard tack just leeward of all the others piled up at the favoured side at the committee boat.  Most of the other boats were port tack going away from the mark.  I looked at the boats from the first start, and the ones on starboard tack were doing better.  There was more wind where I was going.

Had to throw in a couple of tacks, but was first boat in my start to the windward mark (including the spinnaker boats).

2nd leg was broad reach wing on wing with genoa poled to windward.

3rd leg was broad/beam reach on port tack.

Last leg winds were dying slightly, and I could see land effect breeze in shore, so I headed away from the finish line.  When the wind inshore started lightening, I tacked, and got a lift to the finish line. 

First race of the sesaon I got the gun for line honours in division.

This win pushed little Still Time up to 3rd place for the series.  Another flag.


Trip Odometer: 10.75 miles
Moving Avg: 4.2 knots
Moving Time: 02:32:02

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120822.kmz

Saturday, August 18, 2012

CS34 Cobourg to Whitby

Winds were again 15+ knots from the WSW.  We sailed 5 miles south hoping we could tack and sail all the way to Newcastle.  However, the wind had swung to the west, so the opposite tack would have put us in Port hope: 12 miles to go about 4 miles in about 3 hours.

We dropped our sails, and motored the rest of the way, just wanted to get home.
Besides, the dog was freaking out in all the wind and waves.

Don and Judy did some sailing past Westleyville all the way to Newcastle.  They got into Newcastle as we were almost at Darlington Provincial Park.

We got to WYC at 6:30pm, and the water levels had dropped significantly, as we got stuck in our slip.
On the plus side, we didn't have to bother with dock lines!

Trip Odometer: 45.95 miles
Moving Avg: 5.5 knots
Moving Time: 08:17:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120818.kmz

Friday, August 17, 2012

CS34 Black Rose and Cobourg Rib Fest

We had breakfast on the boat, and basically vegged the entire day.
We did venture into town and did some shopping.
Rita booked a pedicure for 1pm.

I was on the boat listening on Channel 68 for Otto's boat to come in.

Their boat is 41ft, and I figured the only place they could put them is on the end of the pier that we were on.  Sure enough at around 2pm, the call came in, and they were assigned to the end of F dock.

Don, Judy, and I helped them dock Black Rose.
I introduced myself and Don/Jude, and let them getting settled in and registered.
Rita would not be that long.

When Rita got back we all went over and got the tour.

Black Rose is the most beautiful, well thought out, and best outfitted yacht I have ever been on.

She is a Gozzard 41, hull #3 built in 2003:
  • beautiful lines
  • standard mainsail with two reefs
  • stack pack
  • hard windshield dodger
  • hard fibreglass bimini (new)
  • cutter rig
  • electric halyard winch (new)
  • electric furler (new)
  • self tacking inner furling jib
  • teak toe rail 4" wide
  • wide decks with gunnels that make you feel secure
  • huge cockpit
  • mainsail winch is on the cockpit table (no traveller)
  • 25,000 lb displacement
  • dingy with 15hp motor on davits
  • liferaft
  • raised stainless arch to support dingy, radar, solar panels, and wind generator
  • the list goes on and on
And then we went below; ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!

Otto and Corrine Bulk live in Dunville Ontario.  They are sailing Black Rose to Owago NY, where they are dropping thier mast, going down the Erie Canal, down the Hudson River, to Norfolk Virginia.  They come back home for 6 weeks, then are sailing in the Caribean 1500 to the BVIs in October.

Otto is the brother of Rita's sister Debbie's husband Hans.

Otto was having touble with his hot water heater when hooked up to shore power.  He went to see Martin at Port Whitby Marine, and he had the replacement thermostat and high temp sensor he needed.  However, Otto is not comfortable doing electrical work.

I jumped in the the lazerrette and took a look.  We had to go into town to the marine store to pickup some electrical connectors to fit on the high temp sensor.  So we all walked to Dean Marine, and bought two crimp connectors for 94 cents with tax.

Notice how the winch handles and other hardware fit underneath the lazerette lid.

Everything in the locker was layed out nicely: water heater, two 12v fridge compressors, water maker, water pump, etc.  I asked Otto if he had a wiring diagram because we had a couple of extra wires.  He got it out and told me that the 110V feed to the water heater should be labelled "121"; sure enough it was!  The extra wires were there if you wanted to run the water heater off of 12v.

The Stowaway above decks

Don and Judy

Otto and Corrine

Checking out the rig!

Cutter Rig

Nice touch

Love the stainless dolphins!
Cobourg was having their annual ribfest this weekend, so the six of us walked over the Victoria Park and had some BBQ ribs, chicken, and corn.

Don and Rita corning it up for the camera

Rita and Otto

Everything was excellent.  Corrine said it was the best corn she has ever had.

After eating, I went and got a blooming onion: whole onion cut, dipped in batter, and deep fried.  YUMMY!

There was an excellent band playing the bandshell.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

CS34 Sandy Cove to Cobourg

Wanting to leave at 7am, we got up a little after 6am.

Sunrise at 6:22am


Rita coming back with Bogart

Marietta in the morning light

Marietta wanted to top up again with fuel.  Man the Atomic Four goes through it!  So they quickly stopped at Meyer's Pier while we toured around Belleville Harbour.

YouTube Video of going under the Belleville bridge:


No wind, flat water; we just motored the entire way.

The Admiral at the helm
Bogart is getting used to the boat.  I think he does not like the noise of the wind/waves/sails.  I rigged up a jack line around the decks of the boat and tetherer him to it so he could wander the decks freely
Bogart on a tether

I wanted to meet up with a friend in Trenton, but it didn't work out this year, as we knew we had a long way to go to Cobourg.

Did see a Hercules cargo plane take off above us!!!

And onto the Murray Canal:

Carrying Place swing bridge opening for us

Judy paying at the Brighton swing bridge

Still Time exiting the Murray

When we got to the other end of the Murray, I wanted to stop and check the oil, so we docked at the end of the Murray.  The oil level was lower on the dipstick, but still within range, so I added a 1/3 litre of oil just to be sure.  Took the dog for a pee. 

When we cast off, I could not get the boat to go over 4.5 knots.  I put the boat in reverse and gunned it: a massive clump of weeds came out of the bow:

Now we could do 7 knots under motor; should have done this sooner.  Must have been wrapped around the keel!

When we got out of Brighton Bay to Lake Ontario, the wind was 15 knots, from the west, right on the nose again.  We motored all the way to Cobourg.  The waves were between 3 and 5 ft.

We arrived in Cobourg a little before 6pm.

Dave and Tony greeted us at our slips.  We all went for dinner at the King George, outside on the patio.

Rita got a phone call from her Mother saying that she is with Otto Bulk, one of their relatives in Whitby, and they would be sailing to Cobourg tomorrow.  We also looked at the weather reports for Friday, severe thunderstorms with high winds from the west, so we decided to stay another night.

Trip Odometer: 52.55 miles
Moving Avg: 5.3 knots
Moving Time: 09:57:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120816.kmz

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CS34 Picton to Sandy Cove

When we woke up, the water was like glass!
After breakfast and coffee, we walked to downtown Picton. 
Bought some groceries at the Giant Tiger.

Left our slips a little after noon, and Marietta topped up their fuel just in case.

No wind, a little filled in later, but on the nose.

We passed this gaff rigged schooner with a bowsprint longer than my spinnaker pole:

Old meets New!
Motored the entire way and there wasn't any wind to speak of.

Many of the channel markers are not in the GPS or Chart Plotter, but are on the paper charts!

We pulled into Kerr Bay around 5pm, we anchored close to shore for dog

The Hollish Hat matches the dog's lifejacket!
Hup Hollance Hup!

Marietta rafted up with us for dinner:

Two wild and crazy guys

Judy and her sexy pose
After yet another great dinner, Marietta casted off to anchor at dusk:

We decided that we wanted to go all the way to Cobourg tomorrow, which I new was over 50 miles, I insisted we leave really early.

Trip Odometer: 26.39 miles
Moving Avg: 5.4 knots
Moving Time: 04:51:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120815.kmz

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CS34 Kerr Bay to Picton

We hoisted anchor a little after 8am.
Don and Judy needed to get some fuel, so we motored accross the bay to Bath and Loyalist Cove Marine, about four miles away.  What a nice marina.  Nice housing development adjacent to it.

Still Time at Loyalist Cove Marine in Bath
We also spotted another really clean CS34:

Tropika is kept at this marina, and is the same year, hull #31 (ours is #68).

This boat had a lot of things I liked on it:
  • Doyle Stack pack with integrated lazy jacks (add to cart!)
  • rigid vang from Gauhauer (add to cart!!)
  • new dodger with grab rails on the side
  • scuppers on the side decks
  • canvas winch covers
I am definately going to add the scuppers to drain water on the side deck.  I feel this is a design flaw with the boat. Rainwater always pools there.

Scupper circled in yellow (click to enlarge)
Did not like how the bimini is in the way for boarding the boat.
Notice in the above picture how the exhaust is on the starboard side by the strips.  Still Time's is on the other side and much lower.  I think this one would have more noise and exhaust fumes when motoring.

When we got out on the water, the wind was just inside close hauled, so I put the full main up and moved the traveller way up, and motor sailed comfortably at around 5 knots.  Don and Judy did the same but with their tight 110.

As we sailed into Adophus Reach we got a radio call from Marietta that they had run aground.  They were fine, and were not leaking, but they could not get free.  I gunned the motor and sped towards them at over 7 knots, getting a towing bridle together.  Don had been working the boat back and forth, we just had to give them a little tug with the tow rope.

Interesting depth contour here:
In 400 ft of distance, 90 ft of depth drops to 14ft
In another 400 ft, less than 6ft.
Marietta drafts 5' 3" and ran aground slowly in soft mud.

On to Picton, where we phoned the Tip of the Bay marine and go to pick our slips.

The sign sayes NO WAKE, so I slept in!

Which make this T-Shirt appropriate!

Picton is BEAUTIFUL.  The marina is under new owership this year, and they put in brand new docks.  The washrooms and showers were not that nice, but useable.

We took a cab to the Lake on the Mountain ($15 each way) and had a WONDERFUL meal.

Trip Odometer: 26.48 miles
Moving Avg: 5.3 knots
Moving Time: 05:01:00

Google Earth Track: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120814.kmz

Monday, August 13, 2012

CS34 McDonald Island to Kerr Bay

Last night just before dusk, an Alberg 30 came in and anchored just in front of us.

This morning I noticed that the name on it was "Jean-du-Sud" and Oka.  This Alberg 30 is probably the most famous of all of them, as it has circumnavigated the world.  In the 80s, Canadian Yves Gelinas sailed around the world singlehanded on this sailboat. There was an article in Ontario Sailor a couple years ago called "Sailor finds love..."  It had a beefed up double speader mast with mast pegs for climbing it.   Interesting that the boat does not have an inboard motor, but a gas Honda 9.9 on the back/side.


I could see the Cape Horn steering system on the back.

Yves was obviously cruising with his family.

Yves Gelinas teaching his grandson (I presume) to sail

The original plan was to go past Gannanoque today to the Navy Islands (about 8 miles) to meet up with the Whitby Yacht Club cruising fleet.  There was supposed to be about 10 of them.

However, we needed to be back to work the following week, as did Don and Judy on Marietta.  We looked at the weather forecast, and the middle of the week was looking nasty with strong winds and thunderstorms.  We did not want to do marathon sailing in rough weather to get home in time.  We decided to start heading back with Marietta.

When the flogging sail knocked the TV antenna off the mast yesterday, it left a sharp bracket about 2/3 the way up the mast that was sure the rip the sail if it went accross it.  So, we hoisted anchor and rafted up with French Vanilla.  I got in my Bosun's chair and Harvey hauled me up using the main halyard.

You can see the bracket just below the 2nd spreader

That's the removed bracket in my hand

"That Was Easy"

Sherry Lynns shirt says:
Life is Simple.
Eat, Sleep, Sail

We met up with Marietta part Beaurivage. 


We motored along san sails, thinking that once we passed the corner by Kingston, we would be able to sail.  Once we passed the corner, we didn't dare bring up the sails as the CORK regatta was in full force

Marietta with moths (Optimists) in the background
There were race courses setup everywhere.  To Navigate through them, I just looked for the windward marks and stayed windward of them



Once we got past that, we did put out just the jib and motor sailed for a while.

We saw some kids swimming close to shore

We saw a LARGE Canada Cost Guard Ship

We anchored way inside Kerr Bay, close to shore in about 7 ft of water.

Rita Rowing with Marietta in the background

Bogart liked going in the dingy

Rowing out guests aboard
Don and Judy came over for supper. We had cooked up some chicken and fixins and everyone made their own wraps.  Twas good!

Trip Odometer: 32.69
Moving Avg: 4.7 knots
Moving Time: 06:59:00

Google Earth Track https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12535935/Still%20Time/2012/20120813.kmz