Finally! a post about R.E.D.  Not about RED by the Sea.  Not about beaches, pretty scenery or gardens or guests.  Just R.E.D.  This is after all a blog called isn’t it?

Yes our lives have changed considerably since moving to the east coast.  Our past life basically revolved around boating during spring/summer and part of fall with the rest of the year holed up in our little condo planning our next adventure and dreaming about being back on the boat the following year.  Even our social life was primarily boat-centred.

Here, living in the country, our lives have become much more diversified. Yes, there is yard work needed but we have inherited lovely three-season perennial gardens which are pretty much self-sustaining from the previous owner.  We enjoy a thriving social life thanks to wonderful neighbours.

…but hey! I said this post is all about R.E.D. didn’t I?

Off-Season Parking

We’ve created the perfect place for her during the winter months with space for Francois’ Crow’s Nest and extra parking for guests (you can read all about that heavy machinery and stuff by clicking here)


After a very quick ‘putting to bed’ last fall she really needed a good cleaning inside and out but that’s all done now with her usual two coats of wax and belly painted with a new layer of anti-fouling.

Hubbards Cove. Photo cred.

Her new home during boating season is a well protected cove just six minutes from RED by the Sea and quick access to St Margaret’s Bay and beyond (more about how we almost didn’t launch this year here).

Boat Ramp

The ramp access at the marina makes it super easy to launch with more than enough water depth even at low tide.

Service Dock

Most of the rigging was done at home first so that once we arrived we just needed to fix the lines and step the mast.

Back ‘Yard’ View

Our finger is located on the inside with port docking (yay! my favourite orientation) with an awesome view off the bow of another little ten-boat marina across the cove.

The Boat Yard

The yard is small but well maintained by a volunteer base and at the top of the road is the best little cafe serving fresh pastries and breakfast paninnis.

As I mentioned above, our boating lives have changed and it feels really good.  No longer do we have to drive forever in nasty traffic to spend time with her.  Six minutes and we’re there.  It feels like our lives are in better balance.  Time at home.  Time with friends.  Time to enjoy visitors.  Time to explore.  Time on the water whenever we choose.  There are still at least two big adventures in the planning and this year we’ll be venturing out beyond St. Margaret’s Bay with new charts in hand and can’t wait to sail along the coast this fall (Nova Scotia’s very best season) to catch all the changing colours.

It feels so good to be back on the water.  To feel the movement of the sea under R.E.D.’s belly.  To move our bodies in ways that have been dormant for the past few months.  To watch as all the boat bruises appear after a day of frisky sailing.  To breath in the salt air and smell the sea.  There’s nothing quite like it in the whole wide world.

Good to be Back



Now when I mention ‘spa day’ you might think of lilting music, maybe a massage, or a beauty treatment.  There was coconut oil involved and even lavender oil and there was cake and a cocktail. Believe me when I say there was at least one cocktail!!!

But first things first…

One more night at anchor, a relatively calm night in the forecast.  I was so encouraged not to be tossed from pillar to post that I made cake.  My favourite onboard stove top breakfast cake (my recipe here), because to maximize the push of the outgoing tide we needed an early start to our day.  Freshly brewed coffee and cake on the go at first light.

Breakfast Cake

Breakfast Cake

Dislodging the anchor was predictably difficult.  It, afterall, had held us fast for the past three days, one of them a twelve-hour gale.  But with some forward throttle and Francois’ brute strength we were on our way. Perfect winds at our back, Captain deployed the Genoa.

Trimming the Sail

Trimming the Sail

Four glorious hours cutting through the impressive four foot swells makes  one very happy sailor.

Happy Sailor

Happy Sailor

François tried yet again for the catch of the day. No fish but look at that smile.

Persistent Fisherman

Persistent Fisherman

Now on to our ‘spa day’…

This may only be understood by sailors but when you can take immense pleasure and I do mean immense pleasure in arriving at a friendly marina, emptying the cabin, drying out the bilge (this is where the lavender oil came in to refresh), replacing everything neatly, plugging in the cabin heater, taking a hot shower (coconut oil required to remove tangles from my hair), and laundry… much fun doing laundry!  And while we waited we treated ourselves to beers and fried clams.



Who knows how far we could go with this renewed attitude?


Rimouski Marina

 Five star spa on the water for $44 per day.