Soon to be sailing in Muskoka again. New launching of old catboat.

Steve with "Dartry" at Muskoka Wharf

 

We brought a sailboat in need of restoration, back with us from Maine some 5 years ago. Today she was officially launched in Lake Muskoka at the Muskoka Wharf. Previously, and still currently named Dartry, she will be re-named Swell for the 2012 sailing season.

We first discovered these wonderful boats while living in Massachusetts. Known as a catboat in New England, these were the working boats in the 1800’s.  Typically using one large gaff-rigged sail, these wide beamed boats – ours is 18 ft. long and almost 9 ft. wide – had lots of room for the work at hand. They were used to unload cargo from much larger sailing vessels, to get good to and from shore. Catboats were also the fishing boats of the time, used for swordfishing, lobster traps, scallops, etc.

As you can see, the mast has not been raised yet so we planned to motor – there is a 4-stroke outboard built into a motor well – from Gravenhurst to Indianhead marina on Lake Muskoka.

Our timing was great and Cath caught a picture of the Segwun just as we both approached the Narrows from opposite directions. We exchanged greetings: two toots from the wonderful steam whistle on the Segwun and two dings from our bronze bell.

Although the weather was mostly overcast, our trip up Lake Muskoka was beautiful. Both the air and the lake were warm and the sun was beginning to dip below the cloud in places.

After five years of on-again, off-again restoration, this was truly a joyful trip. I did not know for sure if there would be leaks somewhere, so I was happy that I had given work on the bilge pump a high priority on the worklist; we made it with a dry bilge.

Mast still on cradle, but the boat arrives at Indianhead

A new cottage in Muskoka… -Building lot sold on Sparrow Lake’s Deep Bay

We sold a wonderful, almost 3 acre building lot on Sparrow Lake’s Deep Bay just a couple of days ago. This lot has almost 300 ft of waterfront, and Deep Bay is a beautiful part of Sparrow Lake.

When I was a kid, Deep Bay was a fish sanctuary. We would get a close as you could to the entrance and figure the bay was so thick with fish that they would be spilling out and onto our baits. Never really caught anything much that way though.

The new owners are planning to build in the next few years.

Sparrow Lake cottage

We have quite a few fractional listings on Sparrow Lake, both at the Cottages at Port Stanton and at Tory’s Landing. We just sold a beautiful, rugged, Muskoka building lot on Deep Bay, and a cottage on McLean Bay.

Today we toured a wonderful private cottage on Sparrow Lake that we hope to list soon. On the way it was apparent that it was a great day on Sparrow and at Tory’s Landing as we passed the resort by boat.

Tory's Landing fractional ownership cottages.

Cottage owners like to relax on the docks at Tory’s Landing.

Morrison Lake – Cottage in Muskoka, that’s beautiful inside and out! Update: SOLD 29-MAR-2012

Went down to Morrison Lake today to get some interior photos to add to the listing. I was really impressed; fully and beautifully renovated cottage/home and two great bunkies.

Have a look here at some of the details of this Morrison Lake waterfront cottage for sale.

Muskoka is “ground zero” for the Spiny Water Flea

I just completed uploading the Muskoka Watershed Council, July 21 lectures to YouTube.

If you missed the lectures in July, this is a great opportunity to learn the latest on two invasive species; the Rusty Crayfish and the Spiny Water Flea. Both, threatening bio-diversity here in Muskoka.

Bythotrephes, from a 19th century painting by G.O. Sars

 

Muskoka Cottage Lake Joseph – good value

We’ve been reminding people for years that buildings come and go, but the property doesn’t. When viewing cottages for sale, people typically spend too much time in the buildings and not enough outside.

I saw one today that is good value. In a great neighbourhood of $2 million plus, yet it is priced at $825, 000; mostly because it is a small (1000ft2) cottage.

Lake Joseph, southwest exposure.

For this price, one can get south Lake Joseph, prestigious neighbourhood, SW exposure, level lot, pristine water and hard sand bottom.

Muskoka is “Ground Zero” for the invasive species Spiny Water Flea

I had the pleasure last night of attending a lecture presented by the Muskoka Watershed Council last night in Gravenhurst.

We take for granted, how ecosystems take care of themselves in such beautiful balance.  Who knew that ALL the water in Lake Muskoka goes through the stomachs of the native daphnia every 10 days. We obviously depend on these creatures to keep our waters clear. Throw in a European invader like the Spiny Water Flea and now the native Daphnia are in decline.

Fascinating lecture as always by Norm Yan, York University Professor. I am working on the video to post to YouTube on behalf of the Watershed Council. Also Cogeco – the local cable company recorded it for broadcast in the Muskoka area.

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