Haul-out 2018.  

It’s usually a very sad time of year, putting our dear R.E.D. to bed for the long winter months but this year we are at least a month later than usual to pull her from the water and it felt right…and kind of fun..with an energy we haven’t found in past years.

Hooking Up HIS Trailer

Maybe it’s because we had a much longer season, or maybe it could be that we now have a special place right in our own yard and the process is so much easier.  There was no going back and forth through all of that depressing congested Montreal traffic.

Fall Colours

She spent her summer here, just six kilometres from our home, at a small co-op-type club.  It meant just one trip too.  Trailer hooked up to the tow beast and within a few minutes we were ready for our annual ritual.

Ballast Empty

First, a chilly outing on the bay to empty her belly of salt water.

Winterizing MY Engine

Next, Francois put the motor through it’s winterizing paces.

Installing Mast Extension

The mast extension makes for a much better shape when tarping.


R.E.D. waited patiently at the service dock while the trailer was brought to the loading ramp


Then came the offical haul-out.  So easy for two of us to handle, all completed with no incident.

Power Wash

Power wash came next before all the accumulated ‘yuck’ from a summer in the water had dried.  Demasting with all of the lines secured and we were ready to head for home.

The Skeleton

This year’s tarp skeleton is Francois’ best creation to date.  It makes the job so much easier too when there is a small hardware store down at the corner to buy extra tie wraps and PVC piping.

Winter Tarp

Even covering and threading the lines under R.E.D.’s belly seemed less of a chore this year.  

The Igloo

All liquids and other essentials removed from the cabin and lines flushed through with anti-freeze, she will rest all cozy and ready for whatever winter storms will throw our way.  

For those who prefer to read our story in a language other than English, please forgive the automatic translation.



Now I can better explain why
we have this not very attractive wooden crutch in our cockpit…
For our ‘Little Loop‘ adventure this summer
we will have to keep the mast lowered for a portion of the trip
due to low bridges and some lock restrictions.
Two issues:
1. Restricted head room in the cockpit for my six foot Captain.
2. We wouldn’t be able to install the canvas.
(foul weather and those dreaded mosquitoes
that apparently love nibbling on the Anglophones could be issues)
We asked Stephane at Metaltra to make us an extension for the stern mast support…
He came up with the perfect solution,
a 23″ stainless steel pipe with a galvanized steel insert
that fits perfectly into the existing extension.

…an extra 23″ that will allow us or rather
Captain François to be able to stand up in the cockpit comfortably.

…it fits perfectly into the existing support…


…elevating the lowered mast…


…and can easily be removed and stored below for trailering position….


…another bonus is being able to install the bimini and dodger…


…ugly wooden crutch all gone…
…Just one more of the Captain’s creations
to make our life onboard more comfortable.