Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Picking up the Sails...

from Hurricane Canvas on Cherry Street in Toronto.

Rob Mew, owner of Hurricane Canvas, and Jon
From Ann:  Left SFO on 6/29 at 3:15pm after a long day taking the airporter bus from Napa and then having a 2 hour wait.  Very impressed with Air Canda.  Right on time, nice quiet, direct flight with screens at every seat and on demand programming.  Anything you want- News, flight data, TV, movies.  I watched a classic- Casbah staring Peter Lorrie.

Arrival at Toronto Pearson International also very smooth.  They've really modernized the terminal, although I still don't understand why it seems like a mile walk from the plane to customs.  Jon was waiting when I finally emerged with luggage in hand.

Spent 6/30 running around getting the sails and picking up provisions.  Looks like it will be tough to be ready to set sail on Friday.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I am here on the boat in Port Credit (just west of Toronto) readying the boat for the trip. The worklist includes many minor modifications and equipment installs, and one more substantial job: the installation and debug of the dinghy trailer. The transom of Anomaly opens to the dinghy garage, and the dinghy rolls out and is launched from the door. Last season we made do with the rudimentary wooden trailer to roll it out of its parking space, then with one on each side would simply lift it into the water.

However it was always contemplated to have a trailer that would roll aft and tilt to allow launching and retrieval by one person in the minimum amount of time. This got complicated because there is not sufficient room to have a simple trailer rolling back on wheels, rather it must telescope out from a track on the deck.