Summer camp cruising July 2014

I have to sit down and really try to make account of this summer's first camp cruise. For now, I can offer a couple of videos and notes that can give you the idea. Today's video is a compilation of clips on the Water Bug.

Since the proa is in the yard, we took our experimental catamaran motor boat up into Canada. It could be compared to a road trip in a Carmanghia convertible ... except we probably burned less fuel. 😉  We took camping gear and towed the PT 11 for the better part of more than 400 miles. Our boat of many names.. (Kermit, Grasshopper, Pie in the Sky, Skeeter, Water Bug...) has an old 15 HP Honda outboard and with that, as loaded up as we were, we averaged 2/3 GPH at 11 knots.  Under normal load and not towing, Water Bug can cruise at 11 knots at 1/2 GPH, with a cruising speed of 15 knots. We took advantage of waves to surf and shallow waters to explore since this boat is good at both.  We discovered that finding spots to both safely moor the boat and camp ashore is not so easy. There are lots of places for kayakers to pull their boats up and camp, or for small boats to anchor and sleep aboard. That did not help us much and we learned a lot for next time.

So I hope you enjoy this video.

Happy camping from a happy camper. Ashlyn 😉 PTW