Sunday, December 24, 2017

Closing Out 2017

We have been very remiss on updating our blog since this summer.

Our electrical problems started the night we tied up above the Chambly Locks (July 7.)  The newly installed hydro outlets at the dock were not connected yet, so we ran the generator for AC.  The generator quit after a few minutes, trouble tracked down to low water flow.  But the impeller was OK, heat exchanger & strainer not blocked, now what?  In the middle of all this the inverter failed.

So, for the next 2 weeks we limped along, stopping in St Ours, Montreal, St Anne-de-Bellevue, a private dock on the Ottawa River, Ottawa, & the Rideau Canal.  I picked up a portable battery charger as Adagio's was out along with the inverter.  We tried to have repairs made at some of these stops, but were not successful.  The decision was made to not proceed to the Trent Severn Waterway & the North Channel as planned, services there were even more limited then where we had just come from.  Instead we crossed Lake Ontario back to the USA heading to Brewerton on the Erie Canal.

Originally our winter 2017/2018 plan was to store Adagio at North Port Boat Yard in Michigan.  Luckily Winter Harbor in Brewerton still had room for us this season.  North Port Boat Yard will let us use the storage deposit be applied to storage next season.  In the meantime, I ordered a new inverter, installing it while docked in Brewerton.  The generator was still not working, we are going to replace the sea water pump assembly when we return in May/June.  Winter Harbor will do some other work this winter.  We are considering painting the hull and installing a stern thruster.

Thanks again for viewing this.  We look forward to cruising the Trent Severn, Georgian Bay, North Channel, possibly even Lake Superior in 2018.  Come back and visit with us again.