That’s an American Boat!

IMG_0031We’ve heard this a couple of times since we’ve been in Canada while Tortuga’s been tied up in a few of the harbors/marinas.  We wondered whether the people were fascinated by the fact that it is a boat traveling from the United States or for some other reason.  We have not seen that many sailboats in the Canadian waters and big sailboats for that matter. The sailboats we generally see are smaller and local to the area, and likely out for daysails.

So we asked the harbor master in Pictou, and his impression is that people are more intrigued by where the boats come from.

The people we meet in the slips are generally very curious either about the boat and/or about the route that we are taking to get the boat back to Chicago.

Log Book Day

Denali National Park from above
Denali National Park from above

Today was “Log Book Day” for Tortuga.  Janet and I formatted and printed the plethora of pages that are needed in the Ship’s Log.  We have places to enter passage planning, engineering information, required parts, to-do lists, as well as the ship’s insurance papers, FCC paperwork, etc.  Many countries use electronic logs, but the United States Coast Guard still requires written logs on all U.S. flagged vessels. To be honest, it feels more in-line with maritime tradition to hand-write logs.

Sailors v. Powerboaters


As the U.S. Sailboat Show enters its last day, the U.S. Powerboat Show will come into the harbor to take it’s place.  I asked an Annapolis bartender if there was a difference between the Sailboat clientele (Sailors) and the Powerboaters.  He said that the Sailors normally drank rum, gin, or flavored vodka, while the Power guys favored bourbon and single malt whiskys.  Interesting distinction.  Maybe because the sailboats tend to cruise the Caribbean more where there are favorable winds, and rum is cheap and plentiful.  Clearly more research is needed.