Saturday, February 28, 2009

Boing! (Almost)

Boing! That's my sound of a spring - Boing! Yes, like the song goes - 'It's beginning to seem allot like Spring Time . .' Forget about the -20 degrees from this morning and let's focus on the fact that it's already only next weekend that we set the clocks ahead an hour! That means we''ll be having daylight at 7:30. Great. AND, it's only another 2 weeks until the fish huts have to be off the lake. . . PLUS, tick-tock, tick-tock, Spring officially arrives in just THREE SHORT WEEKS :-)

As it's been for me all winter, there is yet so much to do in a short time. I'm happy to report that I was able to get the impellers checked in Boogaboo's drives and I should have them all painted and lubed up by tomorrow. I also changed the impeller in the outboard and gave everything a good once over. Speaking of the outboard, A.G. & I headed up to West Marine in Barrie today for some bottom coat paint and a few incidentals, as I had a couple of $15 off coupons from the Boat Show that were to expire after today and were burning a hole in my pocket. Sooooooo, whilst up in the 'hood, we also dropped into Sandy Cove Marine & picked up some funky stickers to adorn the otherwise barren cowl and make it look spiffy :-) Oh! And after a significant amount of negotiating (read: hassling the sales guy into submission), I was able to secure a really bright floaty thing to use as a marker for our stern anchor.

Alas, as usual, I digress. . . . Back to the time passing quickly thing. The next item on the 'Gotta Get It Done Before The Ice Is Gone' agenda; I'm jumping head first into a complete bellows/gimbal bearing replacement project on both drives. That also involved a quick shopping stop at Princess Auto on the way home.

Finally, there's a couple of lumber related projects to do for one of our recently relocated Dock Crocs. That's the easy part. Hopefully the weather cooperates for all of the above.

Now, on to the question of the day, brought to us by the crew of Free Bird; How long until relaunch, and do any of us have a clue. Well, Debbie, I can offer you the following bit of insight on both questions. First, if last year was any indication, we should be floating by the first weekend in May. See the following photos;

Fear not, my friends - this soggy, damp, wet, cold shot from last May will in no way reflect the hot, sunny, clear, beautiful conditions we are sure to be experiencing during this upcoming season;

Fear not, my friends - this dark, sad, wet, cold shot from last May will in no way reflect the partially sunken Sea Ray experienced on that first weekend.

To answer the Second part of your question, if the recent not too on-the-ball security sweep actions by Wevvy are any indication, I'd say that most of the Dock Crocs really don't have any clue. Nocolate or not. Besides, that fact should have become painfully apparent when you saw the Year End video! HA!

Ok, back to the Springtime thing quickly. The photo at the top of this post and the next one down were both taken on April 20th, 2008. That was the first BBQ we had at the Cottage for the season. I mean check it out - the boats weren't even in the water yet and Anchor Girl is grabbing the condiments and utensils off the boat! How cool is that?!?!

Now, on to this year. While the rest of you have spent the last couple of weeks recovering from Frankie's Follies, A.G. & I have been busily and actively planing our summer holiday destinations. I gotta tell you, last year's trek was certainly a huge inspiration (you were right there, Mr. Analus) and we are so looking forward to this year's adventures!! Problem is that we have already picked out probably more places we'd like to get to than time will allow, but we do have a couple of 'must see' places. Most involve spending allot of days & nights on the hook, allot of distance covered with the dinky, one spot not even charted and one place clear off the charts!! Maybe even a bear or two. WOW! Hoo-Ha!! Can't wait!!!!!!

I have some more videos to further whet your appetites for the quickly approaching season. I just want to give you some viewing tips for these and subsequent video posts. As you are already aware, I use YouTube to host the clips, as they offer a high quality available experience. I've been messing with the codes in an attempt to present the High Quality option to all of our viewers, but it seems that for some folks this doesn't work on their computers. Me dunno why. So, I'm just going to embed the clips the way YouTube wants, but you can still watch in High Quality! Simply click on the little box at the bottom right of the video frame when the videos start and click on the 'HQ' button that pops up. Believe me, it's actually quite simpler that the long winded explanation . . .

Is it just me, or does it seem that sometimes I talk too much?? Maybe it is just that I say too much. . . .

This first video is actually the second part of a clip I posted here a few weeks back of a float plane leaving Henry's Fish Restaurant. This video is an edit of a few clips I put together and it runs just over six minutes.

Over six minutes. Remember those days, Graham?

Back to the long winded description of the video. Not only will you see that old DeHavilland Beaver taking off and flying overhead, but also THREE other planes taking off together. Or at least, trying. You see, the water runway cuts right through and across the main Small Craft Route, so you'll see a couple of the planes having to turn aside to allow the boat traffic to pass. One more of the hazards one encounters boating on the Bay ;-) [Remember to click the HQ button]

Next, we have Graham zooming around in his brand new dinky on the May 2-4 weekend. This is in the lagoon right across the river from out slips; [Remember to click the HQ button]

Here's another of the little boys that calls Pefferlaw home. None other than Von Analus on non other than the 'Boogaboo Tender'. This is in Chicken Bay; [Remember to click the HQ button]

Finally for tonight, we have for your dining and dancing pleasure a pleasant trip down the South Chanel heading out from Parry Sound. Not only will you witness the beauty of this area, but a warm hearted tale of the bear sighting along the way. Note that the bear in the video - the same one that is currently hibernating in out living room - is named 'Wilbur'. That was inspired by a story I had read when we were up that way about the fact that Wilbur Wright (of the Wright Brothers fame) had a cottage on one of the islands in the Parry Sound area. Cool story, eh? Yes, I get my inspirations a very wide and varied number of every day sources. [I'm not going to remind you to click the HQ button]

As always, I look forward to YOUR comments, insights and Log Book entries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Check The Oil, Too

As it was such a lovely, sunny day, A.G. & I decided to extend the recovering part of the February Follies weekend by taking a leisurely cruise along the shores of Lake Simcoe up to the Cottage. Good thing we dropped by, as we discovered that our friends from the gasoline recovery department decided to make their annual pit stop in Pefferlaw. . . .

Hey Wevvy, weren't you there yesterday with an 'all clear' report??? Check the video to see what you missed ;-)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Follies That Was

I'm sorry to say it, but I have to begin this post with a HUGE complaint from last night . . . . It went by waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too quickly!!! I was still raring to go at 2:00 AM when everyone was gone or had gone to bed :-(

Come on spring time!! It's gonna be a great year!!!

Ok, back to the shenanigan's from Volume 8 of the Follies. It was good to see the new faces that were able to make it to the party this year :-) Sorry for the unfortunate last minute cancellation by the 'Maple Leaf' crew - hope Steven's noggin is better today - but we'll be getting your copy of the DVD in the mail this week. And we have a little 'wish you guys were here' video at the end of this post.

As you can see from the top photo, Billie Sue was able to get over the trauma of her exploits on the Year End video. Ya, it's amazing what a few glasses of wine - not to mention some BIG glasses (sunglasses, not wine glasses) - will do to lift the spirits. Or was it the big glasses of spirits that she was lifting?

Anchor Girl and Dom thought this year's event was #1;

Sharon & Chris - B.F.F.!

Sanja received yet another award for her fire fighting efforts last summer;

The attendees to the ceremony;

Sharon, you really got around last night, eh? Glad you had a good time! I sure did!!

Setting up for the video greeting to the 'Maple Leaf' crew;

Here you go Scott & Ellie, wish you were here;

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ahoy Guys
Diane and I are very sorry that we can't be there for the FFF8, but because of time contrants
we had to book flights that left on the 13th. We will miss not being there, but are sure that you will have are great time. So til we see you again .....PARTY ON DUDES.... Cap"P"tan Porker and Ist Mate " Diane"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February Follies 'Head's Up'

A quick note for the uninitiated to the going's on at a Frankie's February Follies;

i.) First and foremost, remember that this is a BOATING party, so dress accordingly. Heck, you can even show up looking like the two fools at the top - or better if you think you can top those get ups. Lou says she's showing up with bells. Not sure what for, but I'm up for anything . . .

ii.) All attendees are welcome to bring their beverages of choice. If you do drink, I would suggest bringing lots, as you'll probably want to be in a very calm state by the time the Ultra Fantastic Year End Video is presented. Or, plan to run out of booze just beforehand, so you don't have to stay and watch it ;-)

iii.) It's a P A R T Y. As the invitations say, there's gonna be plenty of non-stop, loud, toe tapping music to dance to, sing along with or whatever strikes your fancy.

OK, it would appear that a number of our Blog visitors are a little apprehensive as to what they might be seeing, come February 14th. So, for those of you who are willing to enter into the dark side, I have prepared a little teaser clip.

In the sense of fair play, I have taken every precaution to mask the identity of the main character in this little debacle. The video portion of her, aah, or his . . . face has been altered. Also the audio has been slowed down. There, nobody will guess it's you, M _ _ _ _ _. D'OH!!


If you are equipped with a pacemaker or other such life sustaining implements, are faint of heart, weak in the knees or otherwise prone to panic inducing maladies, it is strongly suggested you avoid watching this clip. You have been warned.

One final warning. The full version of this segment (as well as the other five related segments) will be appearing at the beginning, middle and ending of the Year End DVD.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

One Week, Week One

As of time of writing, it's NOW only one week to Frankie's February Follies Volume Eight!! Did I hear a big HOO-HA on that??

Eight years already, eh? And to think that Billie Sue has escaped serious embarrassment up this point. Hard to believe. Oh well, like all good things, that too will pass in less than a week ;-) (Somebody que the theme from 'Jaws' music) HA!.

Yes, it's been a few days since the last posting here, but your Commodore & the lovely and multi-talented Anchor Girl have been putting the last few touches on the the big event. Plus, it's been really cold.

That said, I'm here with a couple of videos from the year & weeks past. Consider this to be Week One of the 2009 boating season. A boating season that looks like it's going to be one of the best yet. Gas prices are down, we have the deck all done and most of the work has been done around the cottage. And I'm willing to wager that it'll be allot hotter this year, too. Plus, we already have a great long weekend planed to Bobcaygeon. Hey Sanja - got the route all ready for the chart plotter? All in all, much to look forward to!!!

Video numero uno this time around is yet another clip from Georgian Bay. Hey, if you're sick of that now, wait 'till next year :-) This is a simple panning shot of our anchorage at Beusoleil Bay. A different one than I've posted up this point. This was the final evening we were at this spot. And you know what? You'll have only a few days until you see what other embarrassing - I mean FUN - stuff I filmed here that day. I'm bad, I know. I'll pay for that, I know.

Next one is of one of the critters that the aforementioned Anchor Girl was happy to see in the Bay. Not only were we confronted with one these little (about 4') guys when we were at Henry's, but this one was scooting by our boats when we were waiting to head back up the Big Chute marine railway at the end of our holidays;

The last one for tonight is a little clip taken aboard Free Bird. Graham & I went for a pump out & ended up going for a little spin on the lake. This was us coming back into the slip. I had the camera set up on Free Bird's hard top, capturing the ride. A nice reminder of summer and boating;