After lurking for quite a while and chiming in on a few technical threads, I figure I may as well make a proper introduction
I'm one of those wanna-be cruisers. I'm sure you know the kind- the one who knows and loves boats, but has too many other commitments to get out there just yet. Or, perhaps more accurately, I'm the type who can't get out very far or for very long just yet.
My current boat Sunset Chaser
, a Phil Bolger runabout I built in '00-'01, serves quite well for what most of you will probably consider a rather primitive form of cruising: camping on shore (in a tent!), cruising from lock to lock or island to island, relying a bit too much on shore-side facilities. Between the Rideau Canal
(right next door and simply beautiful) and the fact that I can easily tow this boat
with my old Hyundai, even this simple form of cruising offers much pleasure.
Currently on the drawing board is an eight-metre power trimaran
that will (hopefully) take over as our cruising boat. She doesn't have a name yet, but will be a unique vessel, equally at home bashing into a force 6 on Lake Ontario
as she'll be when loaded down with building supplies on cottage lakes or when anchored in some remote
cove for a weekend getaway with my wife. And I have a suspicion that, as soon as this one hits the water
, something much larger and longer-legged will take its place on the shop floor.
You can expect to find me dropping in on the technical forums
now and then (we engineers can't stay away from wiring
and engines), and of course I'll keep on lurking- and dreaming- in the destinations and lifestyle areas.