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Long Sault, Ontario
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Originally from England. Parents whisked me out of my high chair and we immigrated to Canada via Cunard line back in the 60's. I was never a big water lover until I met up with my husband, who encouraged me to take up sailing, and I now can't get enough of it. A land holiday seems boring now.
We live in Montreal and keep our boat in Long Sault about hours drive.
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Stormont Yacht Club in Long Sault, Ontario
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Lake Ontario, St Lawrence Seaway, Lake St Louis
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Meet up with other water lovers and learn from others. We just upgraded to a Catalina 30 - and are in the process of bringing her home from Marblehead, MA. Still have our Catalina 25 - so we're now owners of two great boats. Just have to give up the 25 eventually (will miss the tiller and 4'3" draft) time to move on to bigger adventures tho'!

Getting that 2 footitise

We've been sailing our Catalina 25 for the past 5 years - longest trip has been a 3 week sail into Lake Ontario from Cornwall, Ontario last September. We managed to take advantage of some good winds due to the hurricanes and tropical storms that eventually end up North - it made for some interesting sailing experiences on Lake Ontario.

We've now decided - it's time to let someone else take over the Fat Cat - and take the next step towards a bigger boat - maybe blue water friendly - we're not sure. We've got a few weeks off - and are taking a gander at a few boats along Lake Champlain that are up for sail. One of them has got us interested - as it's much like our Catalina 25 - but has more headroom - and is 5 feet longer. It's a Pearson 303! Crossing our fingers that the survey comes out good.

UPDATE: The Fat Cat departed to a new port of call today. On July 1st, Canada Day - a young couple from Toronto came by to see a few boats at our yacht club. Ours was one of the two boats they were interested of all the boats they'd looked at at various yacht clubs. Within a few days - they put in an offer - boat was inspected a week later. You can check out the Fat Cat leaving our club (myself and another lady sailor helped the driver with preparing the Fat Cat for it's adventure westward hoe) -

The Fat Cat has a history - and you can read about it here - from a blog I posted a few years ago at - where I work as a Diabetic Mentor.

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New England Boat Show in Boston - and we bought a sailboat in Marblehead

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 4:44pm 4 Comments

We went down on the w/e to Boston to attend the New England Boat show. Sadly, it's nothing like it used to be, about 1/3 of the size and of course, power boats rule!! It was still nice for us to get to the coast and at least dream of the summer that is to come (there were motorcycles on the street that w/e - brrrh).

We came down tho' mainly to look at some sailboats we'd seen online. We found "the one" in… Continue

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At 5:34pm on July 14, 2010, Terri said…
How's the boat?? sailing yourself silly I hope!
At 8:27pm on April 17, 2010, Terri said…
Awesome! Congrats!! Bet u can't wait.
At 12:03pm on March 23, 2010, Terri said…
Yeah, I totally understand you on that one. Need more experience for sure. Sounds like a great boat. Ask Bill scanlon on this site who's good for transport. He's in the Beverly (near Marblehead) area, commodore of y.c. and should know who's good. Good Luck!
At 11:46am on March 23, 2010, Terri said…
Hi from Massachusetts.... take it sailing her up out of the question??
At 12:44am on February 25, 2010, Milt said…
Hey Anna, yes the instructions helped and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, but it is a bit different from what I'm used to. Nice to hear from you. Have a great time in Marathon soaking up all that sun. Send us a nice picture or two. Fair winds to ya...
At 12:18am on February 25, 2010, LOLA said…
Thanks on curtain comment.......they work great...privacy and shade...did you see them closed?
At 8:08am on February 24, 2010, Dan Vitale said…
Hi Anna,
Thanks for adding me as a friend. Just my opinion, but if you purchase the C30, sail/motor it home, afterall, thats what theyre for, it'll be a great adventure. Mast down at Rensealar(sp), mast stepped at Oswego. The story I wrote is about our trip, but I made it goofy just for fun. We travelled the canal from Cayuga Lake to Oswego. Its good to have two people for the locks because they place the lines far apart.
At 4:22pm on February 13, 2010, Marinus Van Hout said…
Hey Anna, I just did a survey on the water damage on the cockpit floor. Retirement, hmm... I have to wait till I am 59 1/2 YO. so iI don't have to pay the penalty tax on my 401K.
Now I need 32" x 48" 1/2 inch marine plywood to redo the floor. The previous owner cut out a big hole to replace the fuel tank. He (or She) did a crappy job on patching the hole and with this rain we had, I ended up with approx. 50 gallon rain water in the bilge.
My wife don't mind piddling with my boat, but she is not the type to live on one.
Oh yes, a larger boat is sometimes a pain in the behind. Expensive to move, repair etc.
a catalina 25, even though the headroom is ..., it's much easier to pull with a pick-up. My boat required a commercial hauler to get it to my home (~1000 bucks) not counting the trailer I had to buy (4500 bucks). I might recoupe the trailer though.
At 12:33pm on February 13, 2010, Dan Vitale said…
Hi Anna,
I'm close to retirement also. I also bought a larger boat and I'm selling my Catalina 22. I love the C22 like you love the C25, but its time to grow I guess. I'm hoping to live aboard and sell the house and just about everything I own. Its easier because I'll be traveling solo. Not easier traveling, just easier getting rid of stuff and minimalizing, if thats a word.
Good Luck. its fun shopping for a new boat.
At 2:06pm on September 15, 2009, Liv said…
Hi Anna,
our CS is moored at the HSCM marina in Arnprior, Ottawa River, Ontario, 50 k north/west of Ottawa.
But, we tow the boat to different bodies of water. Last August we spent some time on the North Channel of Lake Huron and are hoping to return there next year for a longer period.
Then there's Lake Nippissing which isn't very far from us .

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