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!




We paid a little visit to R.E.D. today

Beautiful sunny and really not very cold day…

almost felt like spring…


With the last big recent snow fall we wanted to make sure

there wasn’t accumulation on the tarp

which could pose a risk of

putting too much pressure on the stanchions and fibre glass.

Luckily with where we are positioned this year

we are fairly well protected by the other larger boats

so all was good.

We also took a few measurements.

…figuring where the future generator will fit.

Longer trips away from home port this coming year will mean

we have to plan for alternative power sources.

…a little over two months until spring thaw.

…and this, the epic pic of the day….

Francois sitting at the edge of the frozen lake

waiting for spring.


What a great day this was for two sailors

on their little voyage.

We left our anchorage at Castleton on Hudson

at a reasonable hour (crack of 09:00)

and headed north,

destination Waterford, NY

just 15 nautical miles away.

This is a place any boater considering travel

on the New York Waterway should visit.

We tied up at the Visitor Centre docks,

paid $10 for full service

(electricity, water, real showers and toilets, wifi

and the super friendly welcome was free).

We couldn’t help but compare this with the $35 mooring ball the other night.

Along the dock we chatted with a couple who had just completed

the Great America Loop.

They and another couple graciously included us in their champaign celebration.

Kathy and John,

thank you for including us.

Peg and Jim,

it was a pleasure meeting you all.

I hope we cross paths again someday.

Please keep in touch.

An just when we thought the day couldn’t get any better,

we had a visit to top all visits.

Two virtual MacGregor boat friends stopped by.

It was like meeting old friends.

Lance and Gary,

you made our day!!!

Sorry no pictures yet


And apparently I can put pictures on my Flickr account.

Not really sure how you will find me

I think my account name is happykay27.