We made a quick ‘pit stop’ at Île aux Noix

because…surprise surprise surprise

the micro sd chip for our Raymarine chart plotter

was the ‘Silver Edition’ (ie Canada only)

…and not the ‘Gold Edition’ that we had asked and paid for our dealer to insert.

At the time we were still in our ‘trusting’ mode.

…So when we accessed the information for Lake Champlain…


Fortunately Marina Fortin at Île aux noix sold the chip that we needed.

$300+ later we can now travel as far as the Bahamas (see y’all later folks)

We took advantage of their dock and hospitality and stepped the mast.

NOW we are ready to go


…and bonus for the day,

we crossed paths with another ‘Looper’

heading north along the river in their beautiful motor cruiser.

(Loopers are boaters – sailors and motor cruiser folks,

who are travelling on the Great American Loop

or plan on doing so and subscribe to the AGLCA,

proudly flying the members’ flag)

Our mandatory stop at Rouses Point

to check in with US Customs & Border Protection Services

went smoothly.

We filled in the required forms for our Cruising Permit (no fees required)

giving us permission to cruise US waters for the next

FOUR…count them FOUR months.

Flying our burgees proudly

…now officially in US waters…


Anchored safely for the night in King Bay
we planned our path for the next day,
did some laundry,


…and bathed in Lake Champlain.