Yet another Ontario Newbie

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Glen S, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Glen S

    Glen S Member

    194
    Aug 10, 2009
    Sarnia, Ontario
    Currently boat shopping
    none at the moment
    I origianlly posted this in announcements so Ifigured I better put it in the right place...:smt001

    Hi all,

    I just wanted to introduce our family and boat as new members. My name is Glen and with my wife Natalie and our 2 teenagers - Mary & Will we boat on Lake Huron, calling Bayfield our home port (on the Canadian side of the lake).
    We just bought a 1997 Searay 400 Sundancer. This is our first Sea-Ray....in fact our first power-boat. We have sailed for 16 years (4 sail boats from 27 ft - 36 ft) but decided a change was in order and fell in love with the Sundancer when we stepped aboard.
    She will actually be delivered Aug 14th to the marina and launched.
    I am sure I will be asking for a lot of advise (and asking some pretty dumb questions) in the coming years as I learn about this boat - the systems are way more involved than our 36 ft sailboat. looking forward to the rest of the season :grin:
     
  2. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Welcome Glen, and congrats on the boat.

    Bayfield is beautiful. I haven't been in a few years, but I'm beginning to plan a Huron / North Channel trip for next year.

    BTW, the polite thing to do when people with the same boat visit your marina, is to make sure you haven't cleaned or waxed your boat in a while so theirs will look better when docked nearby...
     
  3. Glen S

    Glen S Member

    194
    Aug 10, 2009
    Sarnia, Ontario
    Currently boat shopping
    none at the moment
    Hi Roller coaster,

    I see you dock at Mac Ray - Bayfield is way more rustic but we enjoy it. As for the waxing issue - can't promise. It's in my nature to clean and then wax and then wax again - drives most people on dock nuts but I have fun.
    If you plan to stop in Bayfield next year look for us in the lakeside basin - first channel to the north as you enter the harbour entrance.
     
  4. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    no promises, eh? ok - then "it's ON". :grin:

    You might know some friends of mine - they docked their 34 Catalina "Blind Squirrel" in that area.
     
  5. Glen S

    Glen S Member

    194
    Aug 10, 2009
    Sarnia, Ontario
    Currently boat shopping
    none at the moment
    OK - it's buffers and wax at high noon :grin:

    I do know the boat Blind Squirrel but can't say I know the owners. They moor a bit further up the river.
     
  6. Warren

    Warren Guest

    Welcome to the forum Glen. Our stories are very similar - long term sailor, first power boat, love the 400DA, etc. My wife Shirl and I are both retired. We went up the Trent this summer on a up/then down cruise to Bobcaygeon from Toronto and would have continued all the way to Georgian Bay but my Dad is elderly and he misses us. Wonderful boat for cruising inland waterways - very responsive and comfortable. We have also been up the Rideau - and last summer spent 3 weeks in the 1000 Is.

    I have a friend with a gas '97 400DA (sister ship) at our club in Toronto so nice to know that there are a few forum members of good taste in the area.
    Best wishes,
    Warren
     
  7. Glen S

    Glen S Member

    194
    Aug 10, 2009
    Sarnia, Ontario
    Currently boat shopping
    none at the moment
    Hey Warren,
    Would love to do the Trent system some day....when I can get more than a week at a time off work. Right now someone has to pay for Plan B :)

    We launched Friday and had perfect power boat weather all weekend - hot and no wind. We put a few miles on just trying her out. Wow, what a fun boat!! We spent hours anchored and swimming and the cockpit just comes into its own doing that. Found a few little items but nothing to spoil the fun of our first weekend...well the fuel dock was different for an ex sailor but otherwise.
    I have to get a picture to add to my signature soon also.

    Cheers,

    Glen
     
  8. Warren

    Warren Guest

    Congratulations!

    Yes the cockpit is perfect - and the swim platform is wonderful too. We have lots of pics of folks in wet suits sitting on that transom ledge, resting against the trunk, sipping a cold drink! And sometime if you like I'll show you how to install a simple davit system which will increase your enjoyment even more at anchor..
    Cheers,
    Warren
     
  9. Warren

    Warren Guest

    Congratulations!

    duplicate
     
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