July 1st, 2009 - Franklin Island (Regatta Bay)Written by Randy Whaley on July 1st, 2009
(45⁰23.274′ N by 080⁰19.637 W)
We’re now adjusting to “live-aboard” life. Eight new drawers, primarily in the galley have been added. This will allow more storage for food, dishes and cookware. It is amazing that boat builders like Sea Ray do not put more practical storage on boats but you really don’t notice this until you are on board seven days a week. We’ve also added a new sun shade on over the back deck, a floor cover for over the rugs inside as well as seat and console covers for the dinghy. As you can tell, July is “shake down” month before we really start traveling.
After a couple of electrical industry cruises in late June we left the Honey Harbour area and moved to Three Finger Bay in Massasauga Provincial Park http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/mass.html . For those of you who don’t boat in the area, Massasauga PP is a wonderful water-based park with campsites (water access only) and designated anchoring bays. It’s claim to fame is that when the park was proposed in the early 90’s the Government of Ontario claimed ownership of the bottom under the water and wanted to charge boaters for overnight anchoring. Boaters claimed it was an act of navigation and thus under the control of the Government of Canada. As a result, Ontario Boating Forum was formed which eventually led to a Provincial Court challenge (Regina vs Will). The decision clearly stated that boaters are free to anchor without charge as an act of navigation, a victory for every boater who cruises in Ontario.
Yesterday, we left Three Finger Bay and cruised slowly up the Small Craft Channel to Franklin Island ( http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&rlz=1T4SNYO_enCA304CA305&q=Franklin+Island&cr=countryCA&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=kntLSqLWFojCtweaiembDQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=795910049 0 anchoring just outside of Regatta Bay. With our draft, I still do not feel comfortable entering small bays like Regatta. Less than seven or eight feet and I get nervous. It was a good decision however, since our friends on Peaceful Chaos and Tiem Flies did go in and even though the water is up more than a foot this year, the bay is overgrown with weeds. Too bad actually, this is a nice anchorage.
While we were traveling north, Time Flies and Peaceful Chaos left Three Finger Bay an hour earlier than us. While they experienced a considerable amount of rain, we traveled in sunshine without a drop. I guess everyone in Ontario was experiencing the same thing with the weather patterns we have been having.