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Marine Insurance across Canada

pacofisher - October 17, 2020

Could someone give me guidance on which insurance brokers/companies are licensed to write pleasure craft insurance in Ontario and British Columbia. Next year I will be sailing from Montreal to Thunder Bay and then transporting to Vancouver to sail the BC islands. I would like to deal with one company that will insure the whole trip.

Thanks, in anticipation

Stuart Fisher

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Keeper - September 9, 2020

Was a great lakes boater for years with a 40ft searay. Sold boat bought cottage. Looking to get back into boating with the possability of doing loop next year. We are a married couple in our early 70s need a boat with easy accesbility and two people can handle on the loop any suggestions  thanks with a budget on 3to4 houndred thousand. we live now in ont and 5 months in FL.

 

 

Busted trying to sneak into Canada

David on Lady Lillie - July 20, 2020

We heard this from friends who have a summer home on Lake Erie at Point Abino, Ontario. Three of their friends wanted to check on their summerhouses at Point Abino. They sailed together across Lake Erie for a quick visit and check. When they tied up at they dock, they were met and by Canadian immigration, and arrested. They were then fined $10,000 each for their illegal entry.

Sounds like testing COVID 19 immigration restrictions is not a good idea!

Just Around The Pointe Expedition Around all 5 Great Lakes in 2020

Traci Martin - December 26, 2019

Hello. My name is Traci Lynn Martin. In 2020 I will be attempting to circumnavigate by kayak around all 5 of the Great Lakes, something which has never been done before, and in the process bring awareness about how people live everyday with chronic pain. I have Rhematoid Arthritis, and many days its a challenge to get up and keep going, but I know that its what you have to do when struggling with a chronic health condition.  

I am asking other GLCC members if they will be willing to help me when I arrive in your area. 

Enjoying summer in Cleveland

Sailmon - August 28, 2019

Sheila and I are enjoying summer in Cleveland while Her Diamond sits on the hard in Port Charlotte FL with heavy hurricane tie down straps and her sun shade in place. After an initial year of cruising - taking Her Diamond down the East Coast - we have adopted the “snow fish” (derivative of snow bird) life. Spending winters on Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and Bahamas. If curious about our adventures, check out our blog at herdiamond.net. 

Bluffers Park to Fifty Point Lake Ontario Cruise

Yarmie - August 23, 2019

We just sailed from Bluffers Park Yacht Club, West to Port Credit Yacht Club, crossed to the southern part of Lake Ontario, to Fifty Point Yacht Club, Cruising Speed averaged 5 knots, with sails and motor. Fifty Point Convservation Area is well worth a few days visit, with a restauant, trails, Market Place and is located below the Niagara Escarpment. Port Credit Yach Club has a salt water swimming pool and very friendly members. We will be heading back to Port Credit end of August. 

charges for marine repair work

donaldjhayosh - January 25, 2019

I recently had an experience with a marine repair service that quoted me a labor rate of $110/hr here in the Lake St Clair area. He arrived with an assistant and completed the job in about 3.5 hrs. He subsequently billed me at $220/hr for a total of $910. I called him about his "mistake" and was told it was correct because the charge was $110/hr/MAN. I was shocked had what he was trying to pull on me, and refused to pay the full amount, instead paying at the rate of 4110/hr. What is the standard for billing marine services in the Great Lakes area and have others had similar experiences?

St Ignace Rondevous July 2019

Alan Clark - December 5, 2018

We are contempating going to the St Ignace GLCC destination from the Western Basin of Lake Erie (Catawba Island)

with our Sailboat (Anam Cara). we are looking for port recommendations going up the American Side with our first two stops being Bayview yacht club and second being Desmond Marine (Port Huron). We would like to do about 40 miles a day. and come back the same way-we are flexible in our time. Any thoughts or suggestions also if anyone else is interested in going.   Sincerely  Alan & Eileen

 

 

 

From the Great Lakes to the Caribbean --new book by Ken Kabb

kenkabb - January 26, 2018

My new book is now available from Amazon.com and other booksellers.  Title is "Jade Moonbeams" and it's a cruising memoir of three years aboard my Hans Christian 33T, Jade Moon.  We sailed from Cleveland, Ohio to Venezuela and return in a clockwise loop that took us from Hampton, VA to Totrola via Bermuda; then down-island to Grenada and Venezuela where we spent a year exploring the geography, language and culture.  The return loop took us across the Caribbean to Nevis, then up-island via St Martin, VI's, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and back to Florida.  Coastwise north to NYC,

2018 Georgian Bay Rendezvous

James Hajec - December 22, 2017

Looking for another Trawler heading to the GLCC July rendezvou. Our trawler cruises about 10 MPH. We will be traveling from Sandusky Bay heading to Georgian Bay. No timetable as of yet, probably early July.

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Lake Champlain, St. Lawrence

Voyageur - September 20, 2017

We are planning a trip next summer(2018) from Northern Michigan thru the Trent Sevren into the St. Lawrence and finally to Lake Champlain. I plan to leave my boat out thhere for the winter, and return in 2019 to travel back. I am looking for a good marina which has inside (preferrably heated) storage for our 42 foot Ocean Alexander, as well as good mechanics to perform any necessary work over the winter. Can anyone give me good recommendations? Joe Kimmell

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