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adventures aboard our CS34 sailboat

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Brand new lines

This year we are updating the running rigging on our boat. Our existing lines looked like they were sitting for some time and were getting stiff and brittle. Each line had a subtle colour difference but we wanted to make… Continue Reading →

Keeping track of all the work on a sailboat

Everyone knows buying a boat is only a small part of the expense. There’s ongoing costs for maintaining a boat along with all the maintenance projects that quickly add up. This list can become big and daunting if you don’t… Continue Reading →

Isomat boom maintenance – putting it back together

Ever since I was old enough to hold a screwdriver I loved to take things apart. It was the next step of putting it all back together that I sometimes failed at. I was successful in taking our CS34 boom… Continue Reading →

Mice are not that cute

This winter we found out we had mice in our basement. We didn’t see them at first, but we found evidence that they were there by the sorted food in our Rubbermaid boxes.

Replacing the vinyl striping and name

Our vinyl striping was looking a bit rough and we now have a new name for our sailboat that we wanted to apply. After a bit of research we found a few options and watched several YouTube videos showing us… Continue Reading →

Spring prep – trips 2 & 3

After spending Easter with family up in Ottawa we had some time Sunday and Monday (April 21-22) to spend on the boat.

CS34 Boom Vang Maintenance

Not really sure if it really needs maintenance but I decided to pull ours apart to learn how it works and see if anything needed to be replaced.

Isomat Boom Maintenance – taking it apart

I’ve been waiting for a while to figure out what’s going on inside of our boom. We had difficulties last season with the reefing lines getting stuck when raising our main. We would have to pull the reefing lines out… Continue Reading →

Spring prep

Found a bit of time between kids activities to get out to the boat for a few hours this weekend. We were able to remove the winter cover and bring the boom home.

Lewmar Traveller Maintenance

Our traveller was due for some needed maintenance. Spent some time today cleaning it up.

When bored of winter, buy a new outboard!

Our dinghy outboard motor was getting a bit temperamental and we wanted something dependable and easy to use. All it took was one sales ad from Honda to purchase a new outboard now.

Our boat is surviving winter, we’re not

We spent the morning on the boat getting some measurements and making sure our boat’s winterization was working.

We bought our new anchor!

We finally decided on our new anchor and picked one up from the Toronto Boat show.

Removing CS34 Sailboat Mast for Winter Storage

Time for the boat to be hauled out of the water. We were nervous since this was our first time but had experts at Wiggers take great care of us!

CS34 Mast and Boom

Some background information on the mast and boom on a CS34 sailboat.

Toronto Island Marina Review

A. Visitor and fuel dock. Main office is at the start of the dock. B. Restaurant and bar, The Upper Deck C. Washroom, for marina guests only, requires key code.D. Yorkbay Mechanical Services

We lost our anchor

It was a rough day, and we now know what it sounds like when your anchor rapidly descends from the bow of your boat.

Port Whitby Marina to Toronto Island

Day 2 of our trip to Toronto Island, we leave Port Whitby Marina and head into the inside harbour for the first time. Yes, we were nervous.

Cobourg to Port Whitby Marina

Day 1 of our trip to Toronto Island takes us from Cobourg to Port Whitby Marina on a beautiful sailing day and Lori begins her sailboat racing career.

Fix for Leaking Lewmar Portlight Windows

We found a simple, and cheap, solution for our leaking Lewmar portlight windows. It only took us over a month to get the order for the parts right.

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