David Crowder

Sunday, 01 January 2012 11:31

Mercrusier Shift Cable and Bellows Repair

Mercrusier Shift Cable and Bellows Repair

Tc Electronics/ Marine's mechanic shows you how to change the Bellow and Shift Cable on your outdrive.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 09:51

Lake Erie and Area - Ontario

Lake Erie is Ontario’s southernmost waterway and is the fourth largest

Great Lake with a length of 387 kilometres and width of 91 kilometers. It covers an area of more than 7,934 square kilometers and is fed by Lake St. Clair via the Detroit River and drains to the east into the Niagara River. Lake Erie is also the shallowest of the Great Lakes at 62 feet, making it the only major body of water in Ontario to have a bottom completely above sea level.

A large portion of Erie is located on the 42nd parallel, approximately the same latitude as northern California. This mixture of warm climate and fertile shores blend together to provide a wide variety of plants and natural habitat of wildlife, including many species found nowhere else in Canada. In the spring and fall, hundreds of species of birds and butterflies migrate across Lake Erie on their annual migrations. The best place to see this is at Point Pelee National Park, situated approximately 48 kilometers southeast of Windsor.

Point Pelee is located at the southernmost tip of land on mainland Canada and is home to more than 70 species of trees. It’s the only area in the country that has more variety of reptiles (27), amphibians (20) plus spiders and insects (50). But there’s more to this area than its natural wildlife. In the summer, Point Pelee is an active community offering a unique and exciting experience. Extensive sandy beaches line its east shoreline, providing excellent swimming and a place to enjoy time with the family. Along with its several amenities and scenic anchorages, this is a summer paradise that’s worth exploring many times.

The community of Leamington is situated just west of Long Point and named the Tomato Capital of Canada. Standing true to its name, Leamington has a huge tomato as its official town information booth. Boaters can easily access its busy town site from its municipal marina, which offers a length capacity of 120 feet plus overnight dockage, pump out facilities, a launch ramp, fuel and shore power. Simply moor there for the night to enjoy great shopping and dining or check out the Leamington Arts Centre in the old Post Office/Customs building.

Off the tip of the point is Pelee Island, which is famous for its award-winning and world-class wineries. It’s actually located on the same latitude as the prestigious wine regions of the world, including Napa Valley, California, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. The island has an area of about 11,000 acres, much of it devoted to grape production for excellent Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. Around the perimeter of the island is a main road offering excellent bicycle/walking trails, plus views of the lake and vineyards.

To the east of Pelee is Rondeau Provincial Park boasting the globe’s most fascinating sand spits. Centuries of wave action shaped unique sand ridges and sloughs. These sand dunes continue underwater, providing homes for an array of fish. You can wet a line here to catch trophy-size bass, walleye and rainbow trout. Nearby is the town of Erieau, where you can take advantage of the full-service marina offering fuel, transient docking, a restaurant and a launch ramp. The town site is a short distance away and has a wide variety of convenient services.

Head a little further east to historic Port Stanley, which features more transient docks and a restaurant. Railroad buffs will be happy to learn the Port Stanley Terminal Rail operates over a scenic, seven-mile portion of the former London and Port Stanley Railway line, between Port Stanley and St. Thomas, Ontario. This historic section of line was built in the mid-1800s and is fully restored with two historic stations.

A great family destination on Lake Erie’s north shore is Long Point, a natural marvel with its enormous sand spit that juts more than 32 kilometers into the lake. In fact, it was designated as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and is known for its lush Carolinian vegetation and shoreline marshes. Long Point Provincial Park protects much of this natural area from development, preserving it for everyone’s enjoyment. The fun continues at adjacent Turkey Point with its superb beaches and another large provincial park of the same name. It’s the only provincial park in Ontario with a golf course and is a naturalist’s paradise with a diverse ecosystem that includes marshes, bluffs and oak savanna. Hiking trails lead to a fish hatchery and magnificent, panoramic views of Lake Erie – so be sure to bring your camera.

Near the east end of Erie, at the southern terminus of the Welland Canal, is Port Colborne, a community full of excitement with well-groomed golf courses, dining, shopping, and miles of sandy beaches, including nearby Sherkston Shores, with more than one mile of white, sandy beachfront. Several events are held each summer including Canal Days, the Showboat Theatre and the popular Canal Fest - Antique Car & Craft Show.

Close to the entrance of the Welland Canal is Lock Eight, one of the longest locks worldwide. The annual Canal Days Festival is a community-wide celebration of Port Colborne’s marine heritage and each year, hundreds of people attend this waterfront family festival for its tall ship cruises, fireworks, multicultural food, kids’ zone and heritage displays.

Between Port Colborne and the eastern tip of the lake is Fort Erie. Rich in heritage and tradition, Fort Erie blends history with modern city services and is home to two marinas and miles of sandy, white beaches.

With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why so many people describe Lake Erie as the greatest of the Great Lakes.


Wednesday, 14 December 2011 20:40

Border Info

Entering Canada by Pleasure Craft

The master of a recreational boat is the person in charge. As master of the recreational boat, he or she is required to go to a designated telephone reporting marine site and call the telephone reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277. No one except the master may leave the boat until authorization is given by the CBSA.

To find designated telephone reporting marine sites in your area, call 1-888-226-7277.

The master is required to follow these steps:

  • give the full name, date of birth and citizenship for every person on the boat;
  • give the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger who is a nonresident of Canada;
  • give the length of absence for each passenger who is a returning resident of Canada;
  • give the passport and visa information of passengers, if applicable;
  • make sure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship documents;
  • declare all goods being imported, including firearms and weapons;
  • report all currency and monetary instruments of a value equal to or greater than CAN$10,000;
  • for returning resident of Canada, declare all repairs or modifications made to goods, including the boat, while outside Canada; and
  • give true and complete information.

As proof of presentation, the border services officer will give the maste a report number for their records. The master must give this number to a border services officer upon request.

Entering the United States by Pleasure Craft

Entering the United States from Canada on a recreational boat has definitely become easier in the last few years.

Every boat must call the USCustoms and Border Protection agency to report their arrival. Boaters who have not been pre-screened by the US and Canadian governments must then report at a port-of-entry for an inspection. Boaters who have obtained Form I-68 or NEXUS permits do not have to appear for an in-person inspection.

How to enter the US if you don’t have a Nexus or I-68 form

When entering the United States the boat master must call Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at1-888-523-2628 (1-888-523-BOAT). The call to the CBP must be made at least 30 minutes and up to four hours before arriving in the United States.The boatmaster must provide:

  • an estimated time of arrival (ETA);
  • the name and location of the landing site of arrival;
  • the registration number and/or the name of the boat;
  • the full name, date of birth, and country of citizenship and/or permanent residence status for all NEXUS members on-board;
  • the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in the US for each passenger; and
  • passport and visa details of passengers when applicable or required.

The boat master must also

  • ensure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship, permanent residence status and/or other immigration status documents when applicable or required;
  • declare all goods being imported, including currency information.

Boaters will then be directed to the nearest Port of Entry to satisfy the face-to-face requirement.
Erie, PA (814) 833-1355
Cleveland, OH (216) 267-3600
Ashtabula, OH (440) 998-3073
Toledo, OH (419) 259-6424
Sandusky, OH (419) 625-0022

How to enter the US with a Nexus card

NEXUS allows boaters to enter the United States from Canada by simply telephoning in their arrival to CBP at 1-888-523-2628 (1-888-523-BOAT). Boaters must supply all the information stated above in sections 1, 2 and 3 over the phone.

NEXUS program is a joint Canada-US initiative that offers facilitated customs and immigration clearance for recreational low-risk boaters entering either country. If you are transporting persons that are not NEXUS members, the boat must arrive at a “physical report site” (See section 4 above).

Application forms and a listing of regional CPCs are available on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website (www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus). For NEXUS toll-free information (US and Canada) call 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726). NEXUS is valid for five years.

How to enter the US with Form I–68

The Canadian Border Boat Landing Permit (I-68) allows boaters to enter the United States from Canada by reporting their arrival to CBP by telephone at 1-888-523-2628 (1-888-523-BOAT).Boaters must supply all the information stated above in sections 1, 2 and 3 by phone.

To obtain Form 1-68, boaters must undergo an initial inspection (including an interview), a check in the Interagency Border Inspection System and other law enforcement databases, and pay the fee. Form I-68 is only valid for one year.

More Information

For information on issuing locations and other details call:
Detroit, MI Service Port (313) 442-0368
Buffalo, NY Service Port (716) 843-8300
Cleveland, OH Service Port (440) 891-3800

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website

United States
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website

Source: http://www.gorideontario.com/en/boat/travel_tips/border_info

The short cruise from Crysler Marina to the Gallop Canal just west of Iroquis is a wonderful sight filled cruise taking a little more than an hour and a half depending on your crusing speed.

Heading west from Crysler Marina you pass Morrisburg on the north shore and Waddington NY on the South shore. You can avoid going through the current canal system (and the fee's) by navigating through the Iroquois Dam. Boats can navigate through the gates which are clearly marked with caution. The clearance is 8.5 feet and though they look daunting, they can be easily navigated by most boats. Note however the current here is strong so keep a steady speed and heading.


 Iroquois is home to three sets of canal locks.  The first set of locks was constructed in conjunction with the Galop canal around 1845.


 The canal was improved, and new locks were built, in 1897.  At 800 feet in length, these new locks were the cause of much fanfare—they were the longest locks in Canada at that time.

 The final locks were built for the new St. Lawrence Seaway in 1954.  These new locks are distinctive because they increased the depth capacity from 14 feet to 27 feet deep.  This meant that roughly twice as much cargo could be shipped to and from the Great Lakes.

The old Galop Canal today is a beautiful spot to anchor for the day or overnight. With crystal clear waters you can see all the way to the bottom and is a favorite spot for many divers with two ship wrecks to dive on.

Campfires are permitted and the old locks provide a beautiful harbour setting for an overnight stay.


Give this cruise a try the next time your out, you wont be disappointed !



Saturday, 17 September 2011 04:44


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