Tuesday, 18 September 2018

remember me? time goes faster than a sea flea...

Last Post (just kidding) was about our annual Picton Raid - the volunteer's favourite out of town event. It has actually been quite busy since then although reality is that many of our volunteers disappear during the summer onto their boats and cottages. Here's what's been happening.

Canada Day Parade in Glen Williams

 One of the best small town parades around with 40 to 80 floats depending on the year. The parade is some years longer than the hamlet! This year we took the Hunter with Neal's family on board in the parade and a group of us also ran the paddle carving activity in front of Barb's Glen Fitness on the parade route. The parade was over by 1 pm but we still had kids carving paddles at 4!

team trains future boatbuilders
Mayor Rick ready to launch ships


My chum Dave in Pipe Major position

K&C booth at Gymn

Dileas does Canada Day (again)


Opti Magic!

One of our volunteers (Steve Earle) is involved in a kids-at-risk sailing programme near his cottage on Lake of Bays. Last fall he brought two bedraggled Opti's, that were about to be scrapped, into the shop to see if we could work magic on them. While Steve did most of the work, George and the rest of us plus some of the kids in our shop also did lots of work on them too.

When he took them away to head for the camp he kept saying his heart was going to break because they would be trashed in 2 days.... In fact what happened was they were so pretty they became the sail of choice among the kids. We received these shots of appreciation!




















 ACBS Gravenhurst Show!

Every year our club gives us a great spot near the water where we can display the good stuff achieved in or volunteer boatshop including the skiffs built by the kids, boats restored by the volunteers and the last few years our sea fleas. This year we had docks near the booth which allowed us to demonstrate the sea fleas as an advanced sample of our performance at TIBS 2019.

My friends Doug & Lorraine with newly restored SeaBird

SeaFleas, mahogany and steam


Matt, Roger, Ron and Micheal - end of day








tight running like TIBS














That's all for this post but I'll be back way sooner next time!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Bit of a catch up here...St John River, Fla

I was away Mar and half of April so while George did a great job of sending out a weekly story of what was going on - it didn't make it into the blog. (I just haven't figured out how to do certain things - like that)

Ron and I did take Dileas, our 1947 Hunter, on the ACBS St John River Cruise however and as the forecast was for heavy rain on day one of the cruise I decided to whip up a convertible top for Dileas.
$35 Bimini from Wallmart!
Looks elegant from a distance










cruise fleet at Palatka Fla
Big bridge at Palatka










 We ended up driving to a couple of events as weather was too wet. Last two days were great and we saw lots of gators including some big ones. Hunter ran great and kept us safe.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Muskoka Sea Flea's Chris Taylor releases amazing new video of World Championship Indoor SeaFlea Races!

check this out, Chris and his son Aiden were on hand for the Thursday test day and the Sunday Race event. His son Aiden ran one of the boats with a GoPro on the bow. Very cool footage. See if you can spot the moment where he gets literally cool....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgptMTGUi0c&t=4s

Don't know if copy and paste works with moving targets like this around but we'll know soon.

Race event T shirts and posters still available.


Front view is quite stunning....
 What a handsome group shot, how could you not want one of these shirts!


back view is about the famous event!

 Pretty sure you can just make out the poster at the top of the blog!

They can be purchased on our website apparently so give that a try. Or if you are in the Glen, you can buy them at our little store in the Beaumont Mill Antique Market.

Prices: T shirts $20 each including a poster, Poster only is $10 each. Sea Flea kits are $1495.00 FOB The Glen and should be available in May....

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

K&C's Famous Raceboats SeaFleas the first four

TIBS is over and the "World Championship Indoor SeaFlea Races" 2018 is in the history books where it surely belongs! First ever indoor powerboat races on the world's largest indoor lake. I was blown away by the quality of the support we received from the greats of teh boat racing world - it was clear that few of the K&C volunteers had the background in racing needed to quickly understand how to maneuver in such tight quarters so I made one key call to Randy Milligan who I know from raceboat events. His dad and uncle raced and knew Dave Norton very well.

Randy connected me to Norm Woods (Miss Canada & Motorsports Hall of Fame) and to Andrew Fralick (TORC). I also called Chris Taylor of Muskoka SeaFlea fame who brought experienced drivers to the show.

From these connections came Harry Wilson (Miss Canada), Sue and Steve Huff, Mark Rotharmel, Erik and Christian Luksep, Scott Robertson, Roger Duncan, Emily and Patrick Overbury, Cam Newlands, Aiden Taylor, Sarah Renton.

To all these amazing folks I send my great thanks for jumping into such an unlikely proposition and givin' 'er hell.

Here are the Famous Raceboats SeaFleas....

Mini Gas-Hopper

Mini Miss Canada (with permission from Harry Wilson)

Mini Miss Supertest
and Mini Canadiana

Now some action shots:

Emily Overbury holds off Norm

Norm's smooth flawless style set him apart

Scott really got it going too

Scott is flying


turns were really hard to maintain without cavitation



Dock crew Bruce, MB, Scott, Ron













Meanwhile back on the K&C booth in the south foyer our core team of boatshop volunteers also had a great show and lots of fun. The carving benches were a total hit again!


chips are flying

coaching by Steve, George and Anton








Toss N Save Hats very popular this year























and then it was Sunday night....

fun



Friday, 12 January 2018

First test day on Lake Wow!

Good morning Folks!

Yesterday was our first time with our whole sea flea fleet on the Worlds Largest Indoor Lake at the Toronto Boat Show. Early test runs showed a surprising new complication which it is still unclear as to cause. On hard acceleration or overly aggressive turns the engines develop cavitation (prop spinning in bubbles with no traction) which drop you off plane.

As our test drivers were all very skilled with a long history of racing (except moi of course) techniques were developed to minimize this tendency. In today's tests we are going to try some different props. Here are a few of the pictures by Grant and Harry.

Steve and the Laying on of Hands

Mini Miss Canada gets wet











Eric and Wayne ready Miss Canada

MB ready for first run













The first raceboat lap ever on an indoor lake?



Roger getting ready for high speed run










Wayne explaining racing to George
Norm Woods finally gets to drive Miss Supertest






Norm gunning her

highest level of skill in action



















Eric flyby
MB just had to go again (and again)












Norm flyby

Mini Miss Candiana rigged and ready










Harry captures sea flea racing greats

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

News! See (fairly) exact replicas of Famous Raceboats at TIBS!

That's right! In the K&C boatshop our volunteers (Bernie & Bruce), like Santa's Elves, are frantically building two more sea fleas in time for the World Championship Indoor Sea Flea Races beginning on Jan 13 2018 on the Largest Indoor Lake in the World at TIBS.

 The new boats will almost be exact replicas of famous Canadian Raceboats, Gas-Hopper, Miss Canada, Canadiana Gran Prix and Miss Supertest. Our boats will have slightly different names to avoid confusion, Mini-Hopper, Mini-Miss Canada, Candiana Mini-Prix and Mini-Miss Supertest.

Here are the first two:

Rory in the Mini-Hopper at Gravenhurst













Mini-Miss Canada















And here are the new constructions as of this week,

George on Mini-Miss Supertest

Canadiana Mini-Prix under way
So stay tuned as we get these almost famous boats ready for the Great Event at the Boat Show!

We are still open for applications to be drivers if you have sea flea or outboard racing experience - especially during the week days! Email us at blackbox@cogeco.ca for more info!