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.






I recently made a trip to Rhode Island, USA
with a friend to attend the
workshop on
A beautiful drive from Montreal, Canada…
through the Green Mountains of Vermont, USA…
…to the tiny state of Rhode Island.
We stayed at the TownePlace Suites in N. Kingstown, RI
(by the way a great place to stay…
friendly, clean, relatively new
(a substantial breakfast included
making the already inexpensive price even more affordable)
Day 1
We learned about Marine Systems
and the right tools for the right job…
Were given insight into our host’s vast resource library…
We learned about really useful things to have onboard
should the need arise…
These are a brilliant (if only temporary) solution to a broken head…
…the use of materials for repairs and modifications such as
… used as a backing plate for an anchor mount.



We learned about the correct way to install a bilge pump…



And a pressurized water pump…

…with filter…



Thumbs up!
They both work!!


..that stays flexible even after several years.
(easier to remove than 3M 5200 Captain – who is a big 3M fan)
…used to re-mount an old hatch…



Day 2
Electrical component of the workshoop





attaching and joining…



…and securing…


…a great way to secure wires…



Next came wiring various electric/electronic elements
to the distribution panel…
Bilge Pump
Water Pump
VHF Radio
and cabin light…




…all properly labelled…





So many questions asked…
…all simply answered…
…all material very well explained…



One great gang of happy, passionate, highly motivated gals!



…and our Fearless Leader and Facilitator!
Thank you Beth…
Thank you WSF…
Thank you to the 14 other participants who made the event so memorable…
Thank you Rhode Island!
(hope to see you again sometime)
Now I can’t wait to get back onboard R.E.D.
to install my new
Dometic Alcohol/Electric stove!!!!
…safely and securely of course…