We got a fun report from the Michigan ACBS folks regarding a fun trip to Clayton they made last week and we thought, Hey? Why not do a story before the show about the show that another group went to at that show. Ya, that’s a mind bender. Regardless, we have some photos so who really cares on a Monday morning. Here is the report.
We ( The Michigan Chapter Of The ACBS ) spent last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday cruising the Thousand Islands. We had six boats and 17 great people in the group. We stayed in Clayton at the 1000 Island Harbor Hotel for the three days. It was a great place and has a small marina right behind it where we kept our boats while we were there.
Monday morning was rainy, but we used the time to tour the Antiques Boat Museum. Bud from the museum staff gave our group a personal tour of the entire facility that was greatly enjoyed by all. The skies cleared and we were on the water by 1:00.
We cruised up to Alexandria Bay for lunch and then went over to Boldt Castle by boat for a couple hours of experiencing one of the most grand structures that I have ever seen.
The boat house which is across the river is magnificent on its own, but unfortunately with the high water is not currently open for tours.
Tuesday was a magnificent day with flat water so we headed off to Gananoque, Ontario to cruise some Canadian waters. Unfortunately our day had a setback when the boat drawing the most draft (27 ft. Skiff) found one of those nasty shoals and had to be towed about five miles back to Clayton. We quickly recovered and the remaining boats were off again to a very enjoyable lunch in downtown Gananoque. On the return trip we explored some of the small channels and very picturesque islands which had us at no wake speed due to the water level speed restriction and keeping eyes peeled for those nasty shoals.
Wednesday we had another sunny day and cruised to Singer Castle for another pre-arranged group tour of a historical structure built by the founder of the Singer sewing machine company. We stopped again in Alexandria Bay on our way back for lunch and then pulled the boats in Clayton for their trip home to Michigan.
All of our trips ranged in time from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours one way and fuel was available at towns and marinas along the way. I want to thank Mark Walker form our group for arranging and coordinating the trip and Bud and Diane Ames from the Thousand Islands chapter for being a tremendous source of knowledge and advice that made this adventure such a great experience.
Thanks Greg for the story, makes a Monday morning so much better and wanting Friday to happen right now.