It was an offer we couldn’t refuse.  


Pig the Navigator

We packed a breakfast picnic, brewed some coffee and headed out before dawn.


Adirondack Scenery

Perfect road weather and beautiful scenery along the way.



Achilles Tender

The chance to visit with friends and to inspect our prize – little R.E.D.


Inflation Test

Once back home, Francois couldn’t wait to re-inflate and inspect her.  She showed some signs of wear but was in incredibly good shape for an eleven year old.



What we used to clean her:

A paste of baking soda and Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds

A combination of Mary Kate Hull & Bottom Cleaner and Aqua Tek Dinghy Cleaner

My plastic pan scraper (for the barnacles)

Several hours of Captain’s elbow grease.

A rinse with vinegar and water.

A final coating of Aqua Tek Vinyl Guard for UV protection.


Barnacle Remover



12 hours of Elbow Grease

Can you see the difference?


Repaired and Ready to Go

Cover all washed and strap repaired.

I have to add a little side story about rinsing.  We live in an apartment condo with two elevators.  We had to deflate Little R.E.D. a little so she could fit into the larger of the two elevators.  Imagine the two of us dragging her down the hallway, struggling to get her into the elevator, inject a few choice words exchanged here, an expedition into the garage so we could spray her well with vinegar then rinse well with water to remove the last residue of cleaner. We dried her well with a chamois then repeated the elevator performance.  We have to really love this life and each other to be doing these things.


The ‘After’

Who but crazy sailors would proudly photo op their new-to-them dinghy on their living room table?  But she does look good.

Indeed she does!


A PIG POST – Niagara Falls 2015

A PIG POST – Niagara Falls 2015

Our little boat mascot has had quite a busy past few days.

…François and I ….and Major Pig (ret’d)

recently attended the Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons’

Annual General Meetings in Niagara Falls

representing Montreal Squadron.

Pig has made so many friends and fans along his journey with us.

(This link will give you an idea of just how far this little guy has travelled)

With this in mind it should come as no surprise that

on our first day we were asked: “Where’s Pig?”

He disappeared for the better part of the day.

…the rest became history,

forever web-documented.

Credit for most of the pictures and

Pig’s schmoozing must go to

this lovely young lady…

Thanks for contributing to the craziness.

In all his conference regalia
Pictured with ‘Captain Highliner’ and the Cruise Director Extraordinaire
Niagara Fall, USA side


Niagara Falls, Canadian side
always friends made along the way


a limo ride just for fun
weigh-in at the Chocolate Shop
($1.54??? are you kidding me???)


and a spicy cuddle with Chili Pepe
…always our little
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons’




We have been searching for a way to stay connected

this summer while on our little journey through US waters.

Several options were considered,

from swapping out the SIM card

for our iPhone or iPad,

WiFi boosters (Captain wants a Rogue Wave),

pay as you go plans.



Our Canadian location also presents us with additional limitations:

We don’t have a US address

so we toddled off to the nearest USPS location

in Plattsburgh, NY

to inquire about their services.

Some possibilites there to be considered.

We don’t hold a US-based credit card

so toddled off to a US branch of our card provider,


…but we need a US address for that.

OK then, what if we applied for a USPS service?

Well, no it needs to be a residential address.

Drat!! a never-ending loop of frustration!


But then a friend suggested something he uses…

Jetpack Ellipsis from Verizon.

No contract needed.

No US address needed.

No US credit card needed.


Very affordable little device.
Easily available gift card reloading option.
Can hook up several devices for WiFi access.
Happy connected bloggers!
We also took the time to enjoy the beauty of the day in Plattsburgh, NY…
…a walk through a water-front park…
…and a photo op with
the Captain and Samuel de Champlain…


…spent a few moments envying
some lucky sailors already on the water!…

…then stopped for a delicious bite and refreshing brew

before heading back home.