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Maiden Voyage 2009 - Bustard Islands
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posted 05-01-2009 09:39 AM ET (US)
I decided to put my boat in the water on April 17th for a overnight trip out to the Bustard Islands and back the next day. I took a few shots of the area with the last remnants of ices still on the bay. The good news is the water is up almost a foot over last year. We came out of the Key River where we would normally run out of Britt. This weekend though the Pack Ice was still around and made that trip impossible so we towed it up the highway. Camped out near the mouth of the French River. It was about as far as we could go as most of the back bays still had enough ice to stand on. Anyway, I just though some might like the shots of the area at this time of year. I hear the ice was completely gone approximately 1 week after these shots were taken. Should make for easier boating this weekend.
posted 05-01-2009 10:06 AM ET (US)
posted 05-01-2009 10:52 AM ET (US)
posted 05-01-2009 11:14 AM ET (US)
I'd love to go up there with ice still in the bays. I'm sure it's cold - so someone volunteer a cottage with a warm wood stove - but would worry that the ice would damage the gelcoat. I'm sure you were pretty much alone on the water up there at this time of year, eh? - or are the cottagers already showing up to open their places?
posted 05-01-2009 01:33 PM ET (US)
It wasn't too bad. Just one of those cases where the comfort level depended on the quality of the gear you were toting. No other action on the water, that's for sure. We broke ice most of the way and that small thin strip of water is a welcome sight when you're pounding through ice for 3.5 hours (normally a 40 minute trip).
The gel coat didn't show any extra wear besides the numerous dings currently residing on the bottom. Great ice breaking capability due to the width and weight I suppose. The prop took the worst of the beating and in fact the noise is the worst part of it.
I posted a couple of shots from a winter snowmobile / skoot trip to the same area in Feb this year for those interested. Now thats cold!!. Lots of smooth ice, lots of open water, no people, no Whalers, but truely beautiful country.
posted 05-01-2009 08:56 PM ET (US)
Thanks for a look at some of my favorite places which we normally visit in July or August.
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