For those of you who are still coming to the cottage...two important things, its COLD at night and...don't venture into the woods without your (only fashionable in apsley) Safety Orange outerwear. Hunting season has begun - or so it appears from the large number of pickup trucks on the side of Anstruther Lake Road half way to the marina.
There was once a time when a boater had a closed mind to the possibility of a pontoon. Not anymore. Boaters are migrating to higher‑horsepower engines for their pontoons, putting a twist on the old expression “This isn’t your grandfather’s pontoon.”
Pontoons CAN have speed. Put a larger motor on it and you'll be pulling the kids around on their tube or wakeboard. A pontoon is big enough for you and your friends to stretch out to enjoy the sun or if you've had too much there's protection under the bimini. Expand your dock space...with a pontoon you've got instant comfort with cushy furniture down at the water. Turn on the tunes and bring down the drinks and snacks, there's a table on board for them.
If it seems like you are seeing more pontoons out on the water - you are.
We've taken a few paragraphs from a recent Mercury newsletter...
The pontoon market has been one of the fastest growing U.S. boat segments over the past few years. According to Statistical Surveys Inc., sales in the pontoon category grew 9.4 percent in 2016, continuing a trend of year-over-year growth that has persisted since 2009.
According to Michelle Dauchy, Mercury Marine chief marketing officer, factors contributing to the popularity of pontoon boats include “their versatility, their ability to accommodate the needs of families, and the fact that outboard engines have become so smooth and quiet.”
More power adds to the appeal. “I’ve never seen demand for pontoons as rich as it is today,” said Randy Caruana, Mercury Marine vice president, North & Central America and Asia Pacific. “The pontoon market will continue to grow – thanks, in part, to customer demand for these boats paired with high‑horsepower Mercury Verado outboard engines.”
Choose your power - our Legend pontoons are entirely customizable and Mercury is a reliable reputable brand.
Thinking of a Legend pontoon for next year? Some models actually sold out countrywide before summer began. Visit us to pick up a catalogue and talk to us about a trade in.
While away, we were kept up to date with messages.
One of the messages 'ladybugs are here'. Not sure where they suddenly all came from but there are MANY flying around outside the building. Inside the doorsteps and on the windowsills seems to be a graveyard of them. This will be our third year for ladybug and cluster fly spraying - thanks Jack (Kawartha Pest Control). This will reduce the ladybug and clusterflies by 90% but there are still a lot when I step out the door. We hear from cottagers that they are finding the same at their cottage.
One piece of advice from Jack - don't vacuum them up - sweep them instead. Apparently they create a really bad odor in the vacuum that is hard to get rid of.
Just got back today from a trade show in Las Vegas. Left last night and got back this morning. Yup, one of 'those' flights. While it was nice to step outside of Apsley and see our supplier's product, the travel was tiring, some people seem to have the fortunate ability to sleep on the plane but not us. Our body clock said it was time to sleep but it just didn't happen.
Vegas truly doesn't sleep either. We rented a car to be able to venture beyond the Strip and crowds were everywhere.
We drove past Mandalay Bay and past the outdoor concert space still secured by police. This was not to gawk "where tragedy struck" but because it was en route to our destination. For those who are familiar with the vintage "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at the south end of the strip, the median is now filled with flowered wreaths to honor those who were killed a few weeks ago. Almost all with small American flags, but one stood apart, it had several Canadian flags. Representative of one of the Canadians killed. This space is also surrounded by a metal gate for safety because the space is filled with people extending respect to those who died.
Vegas has responded to this tragedy. Digital signs everywhere displayed the slogan "Vegas Strong", and in vegas, that's EVERYWHERE, you can't look anywhere without seeing one. The digital display at Mandalay Bay now reads "we've been there with you during the good times, thank you for being there for us now". Though displayed on Mandalay Bay's ad-board, like other messages, it is signed from "Vegas".
The side of the road leading to the Strip approaching Mandalay Bay has many large billboards, like what we would see beside the Gardiner expwy. Six were not advertising a product or service, they were messages from the city to visitors, each placed about 15 yards apart, each with only two words. Vegas Brave. Vegas Proud. Vegas Grateful. Vegas Resilient. Vegas Strong.
Yesterday it rained all day. It didn't just rain, it came down 'buckets' and very hard. Then the wind picked up. Very hard.
There were a few short windows of time throughout the day that allowed us to go outside without getting wet. We saw a boat with only one rope tied, the other not, leaving the boat loose on the middle dock in front of the gas pump. Of course at this moment, it was raining 'buckets'. Wait a few minutes to see if the rain stops to rescue it 'dry'? No, the wind was too strong, if one side was tied so poorly, the other side might be as well and the boat could entirely get loose. The boat was our work pontoon, last tied up by contractors who used it on Friday. Of course within five minutes of securing the boat, the rain stopped again (briefly).
We put dinner aside to cook later once it became clear that the rain had stopped, we ventured out for a 'dock walk' to assess damage.
Cottagers on Anstruther in particular are very familiar with boating but in walking the docks, it's clear that there are many that were either in a big hurry to leave and tied their boats carelessly or they choose to use less than ideal knots. Please -- for the sake of your boat and your slip neighbours -- ask and we can show you the knot that will reduce risk of damage. This year along there have been three insurance claims as a result of significant damage caused by a neighbouring boat.
The wind blew toward the slips from the south. The whitecaps swelled like an ocean. We came across one boat that was close to sinking and spent time bailing so it was safe, keeping a steady balance was hard with the waves. We were unable to bail all that needed it last night because we lost daylight and with the wind and rocking docks, safety was also a concern. We did finish walking all boatdocks last night to ensure that we had a full assessment. Staff spent the better part of the morning bailing boats.
We are a dealer for Legend Boats.
We carefully researched different boat lines before approaching Legend because we wanted a quality product that was reputable, reliable and priced within reach.
Legend has all of these qualities and an added bonus, it is a Canadian company. This was also important to us, first because it means more stabilized pricing but we also believe in supporting Canadian businesses - we support local and Canadian where possible.
A few weeks ago, we attended a dealer conference at the Legend head office. We met other dealers from as far as BC to the Maritimes attended. This was at a time that was very busy and hard break away to go offsite. Legend said come, it's important that you meet the other dealers, staff and see new product.
We soon learned that Legend is a family business and not just in terms of ownership. The dealers are not competitors, they help each other and work together, the whole meeting was a very warm and positive.
We also learned the story of Legend. Legend began in 1986, when the business that was started by two friends in 1968, Vic Duhamel and Carl Dewar, shifted into boats. Their goal was to make a product that made fond family memories.
Vic and Carl found that there were two big issues, buying a boat was much too difficult and there really wasn't a boat designed for the Canadian environment - and Legend was born.
Vic and Carl started by creating affordable and complete boat, motor and trailer packages and created a fully priced catalogue so that pricing was easy to understand. Then, they beefed up their boats with thicker aluminum and made full stand-up tops standard on every windshield model to make sure every Legend boat could handle the rugged Canadian climate while keeping boaters safe and comfortable.
While at Legend's offices, we met Vic. Though Vic is now retired, its clear he has given Legend much of it's spirit and heart. The company is now managed by the sons of Vic and Carl, co-CEOs who also pour heart and spirit into the company.
At the end of the conference, three awards were given out. We were surprised to be the recipient of one of the awards, 'most improved' dealer across Canada.
We are now in our second year selling Legend. In year one, people began to learn that Legend had arrived in Apsley and by year two, everybody wanted one.
Clients seem to love the Legend Brand. Some come because they simply want a boat, others come specifically because they know the Legend name. We have had great feedback from clients - they love their boats. We now have Legend on Anstruther, Jack, Chandos, Eels, Paudash, Koshabhog, Wolloston and beyond. Thank you to all of our clients who are the reason we earned this award.
From shorts and tshirts on the weekend to winter coat and wool hat only a few days later. On the main page of our website, you will find a link to a webcam, click on it today and it will give you no reason to regret being at work today, the lake is not calling out to you. It is cold, windy, damp and a drizzle has just started.
There were many who had hopes that the milder temps would continue and held onto their boat, promising to come in to do paperwork next weekend or even later.
We will be open this weekend until 4 on Saturday and until 3 on Sunday for those who plan to come by.
The Royal Bank of Canada, known more commonly by it's modern moniker acronym of RBC, is going to close their branch Apsley next April.
Last Wednesday it was leaked that after a presence of some sixty years in our small town, North Kawartha’s only financial institution will be shut down.
Though not open every day and 'bankers hours' at that, it was still a local convenience and one that many people relied on. As cottagers, you may have enjoyed the convenience of having the branch close by for summer banking, if they close, this will not be an option for next year. For residents, the loss of RBC will mean a drive of almost an hour to the next closest bank of any brand. For the seniors this will be a great hardship.
Just what is Council doing about economic development in North Kawartha? This small town has already suffered the loss of two businesses this past summer alone. For Council, the loss of RBC should be a major concern, Apsley economic develop should be on their radar.
Our own Councillor, Carolyn Amyotte is taking steps to address it, we received an email about this issue from her. Carolyn is alerting the public in an effort to ensure that RBC is aware that this closure will be a loss to the community and that it should not happen.
Carolyn's email said the following;
The news has sparked a huge outcry in our community and the creation of the Stop Apsley RBC Closure! Group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/122603131792616/?ref=group_header . Attached is the first letter written about this by Amanda Gray and Councillor Amyotte's latest post on social media.
Please check it out for more information and sign the petition if you will feel the loss of the closure.
We have now been here for six years. Today brings back memories of year one...We took over ownership of the Marina in the first week of October. This was a new industry to us, till now, we were on the other side of the counter as cottagers. Thanksgiving was soonafter we took over and the parking lot was full because the weather was so good and people wore tshirts, shorts and flipflops.
Since then, we have also seen the other extreme, snow and coats. The shorts are back for 2017. Though it started with some rain, the weather is fantastic. Trees must be confused with all the rain earlier in the season and the unseasonably warm and dry September because there is little change to the foliage, the treescape is still fairly green.
Many have talked about their thanksgiving festivities with family and friends. Happy thanksgiving to all.
For most cottagers who haven't already closed their cottage for the season, Thanksgiving will mark the traditional close up time. Thanksgiving Monday also marks the last day for the slip season.
Please note that storage and winterizing fees at Anstruther Marina are not just competitive but probably much lower than other facilities. We water test every boat in the spring and clean the seats, windows and vacuum the floor so that when you get it back it will be fresh for the new season. If you are on Anstruther, the ramp fee is waived if you store with us, as is the $50/month fee if you need to use your slip beyond Thanksgiving.
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