Rimouski – Torngat National Park

The Rimouski – Torngat National Park, Labrador voyage was completed in 2010!

Crew needed for 2011 sail around Newfoundland

We saw Canada as few have.

Sail from Rimouski, Quebec, Canada up North along Labrador coast to The Torngats National Park.

Join for all or part.

Sailing experience desirable but not necessary.
Sail with good weather, we will wait out the bad.
Stopovers, sightseeing and side trips to be decided.
Share expenses.

Looking for up to three persons to join me in a sail from Rimouski, Quebec along the North Shore of Quebec, Southern Labrador and up the Labrador coast to the Torngats National Park, We will return down the Labrador coast to Newfoundland and then over to Nova Scotia. There will be lots of interesting people, incredible scenery (several fiords), icebergs, northern lights, whales, seals, porpoises, seabirds and perhaps even some polar bears. The plan is to leave mid June with a slow cruise from Rimouski to Southern Labrador. A slow cruise in the sense of taking time to explore as we will not be coming back that way and to get the boat and crew up to speed before we swing through the Strait of Bell Isle and into the Labrador Sea.

Join for all or part of the cruise.

Sailing experience appreciated, but not necessary. Your involvement in the actual sailing depends upon your interest and abilities. Getting along and adaptability is necessary.

A few Web Sites of Interest:

This is a link to a fellow who single-handed the trip, gives a god idea of the scenery.

Torngat Mountains National Park

Climbing the highest peak in Easter Canada, Pictures of the Torngats.

It’s even been done in a daysailer.

Tourism site for Labrador Coastal Drive.

Province of Quebec official tourism site for the North Shore; has links to ferries.

Ferry from Rimouski to Sept Iles and along the coast to Blanc Sablanc

Ferry Services in Northern Labrador, with links to all Newfoundland and Labrador ferries.

Map of Getting to the Park

Online Topological maps, Canadian Topographical Atlas.

Historical Weather Information: We will be sailing by places like Nain and Cartwright and Cow Head.

The climate of Labrador

Attainable Adventure Cruising: they have sailed Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Lots of advise and photos.

The big concern is not drowning, but hypothermia: Hyperthermia.org and Transport Canada’s Office of Marine Safety

Be forewarned:
This sail will appeal more to the canoeing/hiking/camping/kayaking/mountain climbing set (i.e. the outdoors person) than the sun loving/partying/bar hoping/beach set. Be prepared (in addition to the positives noted above) for hot sunny days, dull dreary foggy days, warm rain, cold rain, occasional cold drenching salt spray, sea states from flat calm to a roller coaster ride. The Daily Average temperature in Nain is 10 Deg C and a minimum of 5 and maximum of 15 and extreme maximum of 33 in July and August. The water at 10 Deg C is not for swimming. A 36 foot sail boat has lots of space, but becomes cramped when loaded with everyone’s gear and sails for a long trip. Nevertheless, it’ll be fun and an adventure.

The Plan:
– Sail or motor with good weather. Rain is good weather, fog is OK, strong winds are not. The cockpit (the part of the boat where we sit when sailing) has a permanent cover that keeps us pretty warm and dry.
– Sail by day, at night anchor (most of the time) or tie up in a harbour or marina. Once everyone is comfortable with sailing there may be some overnight legs if we want to make time.
– The route, stopovers, sightseeing, hikes ashore and side trips to be decided as a group.
– Breakfast and supper at anchor, lunch while underway, restaurants on occasion.
– Leave mid June, 2010 and reach Nova Scotia early to mid September, 2010. It’s a 2,500 nautical mile trip.

The Captain/Owner:
Semi-retired male, sailed a lot in his twenties, Canadian Power Squadron courses, Canadian Red Cross Wilderness Remote First Aid course. In 2006 purchased a 59 foot sailboat in Boston, fixed it up and motored to Nova Scotia. Purchased the current sailboat in Buffalo, New York in 2008 and worked on it for four months to upgrade systems. Sailed the current sailboat from Buffalo to Rimouski last fall with crews of one to three others and two days single-handed .

The boat:
A 1967 Moody Halberdier, 36 foot fiberglass ketch, classified as a motorsailer. Sleeps 5 in a three cabin layout (forward, main and aft). Was professionally surveyed in 2008.
The previous owner started a major rebuild of the galley and dining area. I have built temporary dining and cooking areas with a large sink, a table, seating, lots of drawers and work spaces. It’s functional and comfortable. Cooking will be on a camp stove and heat is supplied by a Sigmar diesel fueled heater/stove. The cooking and heating stoves be replaced by a Dickinson diesel cook stove with oven. Currently, there is only running cold water in kitchen sink. I will be installing more amenities including running hot water before we go.

Lots of safety equipment; liferaft, radios, cellphone, lifejackets, dingy, pumps, generator, tools, etc.

Can send photos. This is the owners group for this model of sailboat:

What do you need?
– A sunny disposition
– Dress for success: warm clothes, raingear, floater suite, personal lifejacket, sneakers, boots.
– Will send a detailed list of suggestions.

The Rules:
There are only two rules:
– Number Two: Have as much fun as possible at all times, except that:
– Number One: Safety is always the first priority

As we share the fun, we share the sailing, cooking, cleaning, etc. to your abilities and skills. We decide, as a group, the itinerary, how much sailing or motoring we do, the meals, the entertainment, etc. As I, the captain, has some legal responsibility of your safety, I may override the group’s decisions because of weather or mechanical breakdown.

The Cost:
We (you, the “crew”, and I, the captain,) will share the operating expenses equally. We share the costs of food, fuel for the engine, cooking and heating, engine oil, filters and marina fees. There are no fees, charges or costs for the use of the sailboat and it’s equipment or it’s ongoing maintenance. Fuel is $0, if we sail all day, or $24 to $50 if we motor all day ($8 – $16 each if three of us). Fuel and food costs more the further North we go. We will buy as much as we can carry down South, Marinas and wharfs charge from $5 to $120 per night. Allow up to $150 each for navigation charts and books we need for the trip. Save money by catching our supper! I have a spreadsheet of estimated expenses on https://krazysailing.wordpress.com. The expenses per persons for four of us are about $1,675 each or $2,200 each for three of us for a 109 day cruise.

The boat and any repairs, unless you do something you were told not to do and break a part, are paid for by the captain.

A contact in Nain, Labrador advised on April 14,2010:
diesel fuel $1:25-$1.35/litre
gasoline up to $1.40/litre
naptha (white gas) can’t remember probably $10/gallon
fresh meat – Meat is all frozen and probably 30-50% more than in the south
fresh produce – about double what you pay in the south – Supply varies
depending on the day. Produce is flown in twice a week
canned goods- about 20-50 %more than down south
packaged products (flour, cereals, etc. – 20-50% more than in the south.

Due to the higher costs further North we go, I suggest we buy as much of the non-perishable foods down south. I would think the least expensive to would be Rimouski. followed by Corner Brook or Sept Iles.

On issue, is how to pay for the food and fuel. The idea is each person pays only the actual expenses we have agreed to share for their part of the trip. We will likely not have the same persons for the whole trip. We could have, say, four or five sets of crew. There maybe two of us for the whole trip and other joining for different legs. So how do we equitably expense the purchases when most of the food and fuel will be purchased before the trip starts? Ideas?

There will/may be extra expenses:

  • Restaurants.
  • Entrance fees to historic sites.
  • Costs to get to or from boat.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Film if not a digital camera; cost of prints.
  • Extra clothes, boots, gloves, rain gear and perhaps a Mustang Floater Suite. (check e-bay or MMOS Halifax or The Binnacle or West Marine)
  • Liquor.

What do you need to do/have to be selected?
– Send me an e-mail or contact me through the web site on which you found this ad. Send me a few lines on your skills and why you want to join us.
– A pleasant personality is critical. We will be living in the equivalent of a small bachelor apartment for two months, so getting along is critical. I want all of us to come back alive
– A flexible attitude; we will change plans and roles as we go and get familiar with our abilities. The weather sets the schedule (in the extreme we may have to sit at harbour for a week waiting for good weather. We all will share cooking, cleaning and boat chores.
– A can do attitude. There will be lots of setbacks, let’s not let then ruin our cruise. If something needs to be done, volunteer.
– Able to have friendly discussion on timetable, itinerary, sightseeing, trips ashore , routes, waiting-out weather, chores and respect the group’s decisions.
– Neatness matters. We will be have lots of gear and limited space, so it is important to respect everyone’s space and store equipment in it’s proper place.
– First Aid training as we will be in remote areas and perhaps days away from assistance (essential to have before joining).

If you meet these requirements, having one or more of the following skills increase your chances.
– Sailing or boating training and experience.
– Outdoor or wilderness experience. Our boat is a not a cruise liner, though being used to roughing-it will make her seem like one.
– A great cook is always appreciated.
– Mechanically inclined.
– Geological, history or naturalist skills to interpret the environment.
– Non-smoker preferred. Smoking only allowed on aft deck in good weather.

-Non or social drinker; no liquor while underway.

– No drugs.

I hope to have a crew lined-up by April 21,2010

You can contact me at KrazySailing@live(dot)com



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