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    Unfortunately, many iBoats members don't put their locations in their member profiles, but occasionally I see a comment from someone that indicates they live or play in my backyard of Ontario. I'd like to connect with some of you via internet using the iBoats forums. Ontario really is a boater's paradise and I'm thinking that we might be able to arrange some outings, perhaps joint cruises to such places as the Trent or Rideau Canals or Georgian Bay. Maybe joint fish adventures. For those of us that are into restorations, it would be great to compare notes on local resources. Anyway, if you're interested, I invite you to add some of your details to this thread. No personal identifications please. If it seems popular, I could put some basic info into a spreadsheet and keep an updated posting as new entries are made. Suggestions welcomed. I'd also like to hear any guidance or concerns from moderators before going too far with this.
    - Grandad

    I'll start with what info I'd find helpful:
    Year and model of boat you currently have, its length and engine size and type (or sailboats)
    1972 Starcraft Holiday 21' 120 HP Mercruiser I/O
    Your residence locality (not your street address)
    Barrie
    Where do you boat and when/how often?
    Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Trent Canal, Georgian Bay. 6 - 10 days per season.
    Do you trailer boat or have a marina or cottage slip?
    Trailer boat.
    What do you use your boat for: Fishing, skiing, travel, a day out with the kids?
    Family day trips, tubing.
    Plans & dreams for future boats and future voyages.
    Likely this will be my last boat. Want to outfit it further for overnight trips including the Rideau & Trent Canals.
    Did you/do you build or rebuild your own boat?
    Boat building in the past, repairing & refitting my current boat.
    Your boating history - when you started, where, what adventures you've had.
    At age 14, with dad's help, built an 8' MiniMost hydroplane with 10 HP Merc Hurricane.
    At age 16, again with dad's help, started 3 year project building a 15' molded mahogany.
    With my wife, before children, trailer boated a 17' Winner Eliminator & 80 HP Merc o/b to Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Georgian Bay & Trent Canal and many inland lakes. Some weeklong voyages. Now semi-retired.
    Winner 2013 Starcraft Splash Of The Year Award
    1972 21' Starcraft Holiday I/O Custom Rebuild
    https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=517895

    Link to thread Calling All Ontario Members
    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gene...ntario-members

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    Re: Calling All Ontario Members

    Hi. It's a nice idea, but I see the logistics of getting a bunch of strangers to trailer their boats to a "meet" as being insurmountable. The best bet is to try for something more local.
    I'm on the Trent Severn waterway and my boat is moored at my dock all season. It is never trailered. My boating is confined to the waterway. If you're ever down this way let me know - I can offer you a "refreshment" stop!
    1988 Cadorette Holiday 200 Cuddy.
    4.3 LX Mercruiser/Alpha1 - 791 hours.

    "Never test the depth of the water with both feet"

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    • #3
      Re: Calling All Ontario Members

      Well most of my stuff is either in my profile or in my signature. Boat generally docked at Wildwood lake near St Mary's and Stratford. We do however pull it out and tow to other locations sometimes. One of thnem being Rice Lake (generally Hastings end) Ahmic lake is another favorite with the occasional Georgian Bay thrown in.
      sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Calling All Ontario Members

        Originally posted by Another retired guy View Post
        Hi. It's a nice idea, but I see the logistics of getting a bunch of strangers to trailer their boats to a "meet" as being insurmountable. The best bet is to try for something more local.
        I'm on the Trent Severn waterway and my boat is moored at my dock all season. It is never trailered. My boating is confined to the waterway. If you're ever down this way let me know - I can offer you a "refreshment" stop!
        Thanks ARG, the registry is intended to allow members to find others with similar interests, not just trailer boaters. I don't fish or sail, but many do and may want to meet like-minded others. If enough members register, I'm sure we'll have enough contacts that even trailer boaters can make some alliances. So far, all three entries are from members boating on the Trent. That's a start. - Grandad
        Winner 2013 Starcraft Splash Of The Year Award
        1972 21' Starcraft Holiday I/O Custom Rebuild
        https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=517895

        Link to thread Calling All Ontario Members
        https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gene...ntario-members

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        • #5
          Re: Calling All Ontario Members

          Mine has stayed in the three bigger Muskoka lakes. With a little more trailer work I could get to Port Severn to hook up to the Trent Severn system.
          Ray

          Never take instruction from a guy with missing fingers.

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          • #6
            Re: Calling All Ontario Members

            I have a 2008 Bayliner 18' bowrider with a 3.0 litre engine. Also have a 14' tinny with a johnson 9.9 and 2 16' canoes.
            Tinny is used for fishing. Bayliner is NOT used for fishing. A lot of days on the lake with kids tubing swimming boarding and just all round good times. Boats are generally moored on Crowe Lake in the Marmora area but occasionally pulled for a cruise on the Trent.
            We live in Courtice (near Oshawa) and have a trailer on Crowe.
            One of my canoes is a cedar strip that I built a few years ago.
            Been thinking about building a Seaflea like the Minimost.
            First boat was a 14' fibreglass with a 5.5 Eska (with "full pivot reverse") that my dad bought in 1972 when I was 10. I still have that boat too. We call it "The Heirloom". It was my fishing boat up until a couple of years ago. Motor hasn't run in years. Just pulled it apart the other day. Gonna clean it up (carb is all gummed up) and try to get it going again.
            We used to use it on Scugog when I was a kid. Good friend of mine bought a place on Scugog this year so boat is at his place. Would like to get the motor running and take it back out on Scugog. Full circle kinda thing. Back to her home lake.

            Mike
            Last edited by Viking62; October 31st, 2012, 04:10 PM. Reason: add info

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            • #7
              Re: Calling All Ontario Members

              I'll chime in.

              Boat mostly on Lake Simcoe but have ventured onto quite a few other lakes in Ontario, mostly centered around provincial parks. I've got a 16ft 1972 Wilker runabout with a 1971 Merc 800 and a 1986 Johnson 4hp kicker. The boat is stored on the trailer which was also completely refurbished. On the quieter and more serene side I prefer paddling one of my kevlar canoes in either Killarney or Algonquin parks.

              I bought my first motor, 1959 Evinrude 7.5hp, when I was 14. It was many years after that before I bought my first boat, a 14ft Barkley Young with a 40hp Mariner. Both my kids learned to ski behind that boat and we had alot of fun with it but it was too small for comfort. On a whim, I placed a low-ball bid on ebay for a local boat (the Wilker mentioned above). Ended up winning the auction for boat/motor/trailer for $285.00. Spent a few dollars and lots of elbow grease to refurbish it and I'm very happy with how it turned out. It's still a work in progress.

              Currently the boat is mostly used for recreational cruising and some fishing. I'm hoping to get out and explore more of the trent system and maybe get out onto Georgian bay to do a little exploring. It's a small boat so I have to pick my days and destinations carefully.

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              • #8
                Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                Originally posted by Viking62 View Post
                First boat was a 14' fibreglass with a 5.5 Eska (with "full pivot reverse") that my dad bought in 1972 when I was 10. I still have that boat too. We call it "The Heirloom". It was my fishing boat up until a couple of years ago. Motor hasn't run in years. Just pulled it apart the other day. Gonna clean it up (carb is all gummed up) and try to get it going again.
                We used to use it on Scugog when I was a kid. Good friend of mine bought a place on Scugog this year so boat is at his place. Would like to get the motor running and take it back out on Scugog. Full circle kinda thing. Back to her home lake.
                Mike
                funny, my Bayliner was owned by a guy in Havelock or Marmora area before I bought it and brought it to Scugog and the boat has a 23E registration (Lindsay) so must have began life here.
                a non shifting outboard would be pretty frustrating in Scugog these days. need reverse to clear the millfoil. I had a little air cooled 5HP that had no gears....every time I would try to plane, it would load up with weeds and I'd have to stop and clear them by hand... 6 or 8 times usually to get going. I ended up selling it and got a 4HP Mariner with reverse.

                I understand the nostalgia thing though - still good to restore it.
                Baba-buoy.

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                • #9
                  Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                  Originally posted by Howard Sterndrive View Post
                  funny, my Bayliner was owned by a guy in Havelock or Marmora area before I bought it and brought it to Scugog and the boat has a 23E registration (Lindsay) so must have began life here.
                  a non shifting outboard would be pretty frustrating in Scugog these days. need reverse to clear the millfoil. I had a little air cooled 5HP that had no gears....every time I would try to plane, it would load up with weeds and I'd have to stop and clear them by hand... 6 or 8 times usually to get going. I ended up selling it and got a 4HP Mariner with reverse.

                  I understand the nostalgia thing though - still good to restore it.

                  I hear you with the weed clearing and no reverse. Been there with an old air cooled sea bee
                  sigpicMarada 2100 Executive Series, 5 Litre V8 with Mercruiser Alpha 1 outdrive. 2007 K-Z Spree 260 RBH, all = a whole lot of family fun !!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                    Well folks, here's what I have gathered so far based only upon what has been posted to this thread. It may be prudent to move this thread to the Boating Activities forum. What do you think?
                    I have put the info to date into an Excel spreadsheet, then captured a JPEG picture in Paint. How readable the picture is in this post may determine if some other method may be required. I could keep attaching an updated Excel spreadsheet, but not everyone has Excel. I tried making a PDF, but the line separations of the rows in Excel didn't format properly when copied to Acrobat. Comments? - Grandad

                    Attached Files
                    Winner 2013 Starcraft Splash Of The Year Award
                    1972 21' Starcraft Holiday I/O Custom Rebuild
                    https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=517895

                    Link to thread Calling All Ontario Members
                    https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gene...ntario-members

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                    • #11
                      Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                      Looks good to me. Thumbnails are clear and easy to read ( I'm using an Apple I-pod touch). In my line just add "family day trips" in the usage column.
                      I agree this should be moved to the boating activities forum.
                      1988 Cadorette Holiday 200 Cuddy.
                      4.3 LX Mercruiser/Alpha1 - 791 hours.

                      "Never test the depth of the water with both feet"

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                      • #12
                        Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                        Ask and you shall receive ... moved.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                          Originally posted by aspeck View Post
                          Ask and you shall receive ... moved.

                          Do we get two more wishes, oh Genie?
                          1988 Cadorette Holiday 200 Cuddy.
                          4.3 LX Mercruiser/Alpha1 - 791 hours.

                          "Never test the depth of the water with both feet"

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                          • #14
                            Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                            Originally posted by Another retired guy View Post
                            Do we get two more wishes, oh Genie?
                            Nope.

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                            • #15
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                              Re: Calling All Ontario Members

                              Just a minor update to the attached file. - Grandad
                              Attached Files
                              Winner 2013 Starcraft Splash Of The Year Award
                              1972 21' Starcraft Holiday I/O Custom Rebuild
                              https://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=517895

                              Link to thread Calling All Ontario Members
                              https://forums.iboats.com/forum/gene...ntario-members

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