I am interrupting my story to tell you about a new crew member, a furry one.    His name is Baloo, he is called a black tabby, but has the most amazing stripes, some folks think that he is part Bengal , he is smart, and very loving, was born on may 13, and is now a full blown teenager, full of trouble.      This Thursday he is going to be Neutered, its time.  We found Baloo in the Comox valley, at KITTY CAT P.A.L.S.    Prevent a litter society.   The kittens are vet checked, get their first shots, de-flead and wormed, they then go to a foster home, where they are handled all the time, get to know people, other cats, dogs, Baloo is so loving and trusting, our former cat , Annie , was always scared of everyone.   She had been put in a cage when very small so never interacted with people.

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heading towards Seymour Narrows.

On August 25th, we motored to Granite bay, (Takish Bay), we left at 13.00 , so the tide would be in our favor.   There were no wind warnings for Johnstone Strait that day….   Amazing actually, there is ALWAYS wind in Johnstone Strait!!!      We had to time it right on August 26th, to go through Seymour narrows, no room for mistakes!!  We left at 12.30, in Granite bay, slack water would be at 15.22, turning to flood.    We did well, there are some pretty tricky spots  concerning the tides in Johnstone Strait.    We anchored again at April Point , boats generally dont anchor there, but we find the holding excellent, and its a fun view, watching all the big ships go by, especially the cruise ships, they all go through Seymour Narrows.       One of them was the very huge ship, “THE WORLD”    , apparently you can live on that ship, IF you have a ton of money that is.

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Battery trouble….

We seemed to have trouble keeping the batteries charged, Bert even replaced the alternator , thinking that could be the problem, well, when we came back from Billy’s house , towards the boat, i could smell a very strong smell, we entered the boat and the stink was overwhelming, it came out of the engine room, and here Bert found the starter battery, red hot, smoldering , the stink was terrible, he managed to disconnect it, and we then realized that that was the charging problem, this battery was old, but we always checked it, and added distilled water , thank God we came back to the boat, as we had planned to cruise around in the bay a bit longer.        The message is: replace things in a boat when they are getting old and could cause trouble.       Heading to Boughy Bay….August 23.

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