The weather this year was fantastic. Almost 'too good', our limited rainfall resulted in a brief fire ban. For those who didn't know, property owners must follow Township instructions related to controlled fires but paddlers/campers must follow instructions from the Park. The fire ban will trump your fire burning permit for obvious reasons, when there is no fire ban, ensure that you have a fire permit (we have them here at the marina), they are free of cost and are good for a full year.
On Anstruther there are three kinds of cottagers, those who finish their season at labour day ('hockey parents'...that would be you), those that end at thanksgiving (most others) and finally the 'diehards' - the ones who smash through the ice with pride to get their boat over to the marina to finally hand it over for winterizing. All three have a tear in their eye, none want to say goodbye to their cottage, even though for some, its only a matter of a few months until the sledding is safe.
For many cottagers, we are moving into the most favorable seasons of the year...fall. The air will be crisp, the bugs will be gone and the trees will display beautiful colours. Great for a walk in the woods.
At the marina...our seasons are; Storage, sledding, launching and summer so while the busy period of ice cream lines has ended, we have now shifted into our storage season. The paperwork has already begun for winter storage, we took in the first boat about 3 weeks ago but many more this past labour day weekend. If you are a die-hard, don't leave it too late, bear in mind that retrieval of your boat will come at a cost should it freeze into your slip.
For some cottagers, the storage season also includes dock care and cottage care. Note that the fees for each have increased this year.
As mentioned in an earlier post -- we now have upholstery and boat top service onsite. If you have been considering replacing your boat top or need your seats re-covered, let us know when you drop your boat off for winter storage. Robin can work on your boat through the winter period so that it is ready for you in the spring and having your boat here on site will be more efficient for her.