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2

Determine how long you will
be cruising? - a weekend, a
week or several weeks.

3

Figure 2: Aerial Chart from PORTS Georgian Bay.

We can choose the Bateau Channel
and motor most of the way or, if the wind
is favourable, we may choose to head
south of Howe Island in the more open
water of the east end of Lake Ontario into
the St Lawrence River. Summer in southern Ontario can have some windless days
and some great sailing as well.
As we arrive in the islands, we often
make our first anchorage at the more
popular Beaurivage Island, but our preference is a quiet, less crowded anchorage
further into the 1000 Islands such as
between Collier and Ninette Islands. Although close to a somewhat busy channel,
the anchorage is quiet at night and just
down the channel is the Glen House Resort a great place to meet friends and

family or to have a meal and a pint in their
pub.
You will notice in the PORTS text description the reference to the weedy bottom and the busy channel (especially on
weekends). This is good to know when
planning a visit. We usually choose midweek for this anchorage.
Let's look at the planning process from
conception to execution using PORTS
Cruising Guides and appropriate charts;
electronic and paper.
CRUISE PLANNING

1

Create an overview of your
intended cruising area.

Determine the cruising range
of your boat in hours, rather
than in distance.
In your engine manual, there should
be a fuel consumption chart that allows you to calculate how much fuel
you will use while motoring on those
windless days.
This chart for a Yanmar 4JH3E shows
that at max revolutions (3800 RPM),
fuel consumption will be about 3.25
gallons or just over 12 liters per hour,
while at 80% or 3000 RPM, consumption will drop by half to 1.5 gph
or 6 lph. If your boat has a 50-gallon/190 litre fuel tank, that will give
you approximately 32 hours of cruising (50 gal/1.5 gph or 190 l/6 lph).
Following the practice of never going
below a quarter tank, you would
have just over 24 hours motoring
before re-fueling.

4

Use the distance chart in the
front of the PORTS Guide to
determine the distance for each leg
of your cruise. Divide the distance
(say Picton to Waupoos) by the average speed you can maintain at your
chosen RPM. So, for a distance of 31
nautical miles and a boat speed of
5.5 knots, the running time under engine alone is 5.7 hours (31 NM/5.5
knots). On Sojourn we track the en-

Cruising isn't just about moving the boat. It is also about what to do at each
stop or anchorage. While editing the 30,000 Island section of PORTS,
Mary and I hatched a plan to put our RIB on the trailer and drive to a place we
cannot take our 36-foot sailboat with a 5-foot draft - the area around Byng
Inlet on Georgian Bay (See Figure 2). The idea of renting a cabin or staying at
a lodge and gunkholing the islands and bays of the area fed our boating
dreams and warmed our winter souls for a couple of weeks. Armchair cruising
the right tonic for long winter evenings.

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At the Helm: An Entertaining Thought on Creating a Culture of Safety
Club Review: Burlington Sailing & Boating Club
Special Feature: Safety at Sea
Power Review: Regal 33 Express
Sail Review: Bavaria C45
Power Review: Grady-White 235 DC
The Port Hole: April 2020
Special Feature: Planning a Cruise with PORTS Cruising Guide
Crossing The Line: Head to Canada’s New Year-round Boating Paradise
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