Stunned. Excited. Disbelief. Happy. Busy.
These five words sum up how Mike and I felt when we heard the premier of Ontario’s announcement today that both marinas and boat clubs would be open this Saturday. THIS Saturday. Wow. For those following this blog, you know that Wild Horses needs both marinas and boat clubs open in order to make the boating season happen for us. That is, Wild Horses is launched from a marina and docks all summer at a boat club.
And, in one fell swoop, we have both opening this Saturday!
To be clear, this doesn’t mean that Wild Horses will be in the water this weekend. What it means is that we can pull out our trusty boat commissioning checklist and get started actioning it. With a few long days and lots of good weather, we estimate that we would be ready to launch in just 7 days.
But, likely, we will have more time than that.
A few weeks back, our club announced to its members that they were targeting June 12 to have everything in place to receive boats. Safety is paramount so in addition to installing docks and getting water and sewage facilities operational, they need to have physical distancing measures in place and communicated to all members. We are awaiting their update regarding those measures and if the June 12 date stands.
In terms of launch, we will also need to “get in line”. Every boat wants to launch ASAP so we will need to be patient while a launch schedule is arranged by our marina.
What today’s announcement also means is that Wild Horses will be our summer home. This was always our Plan A. With restrictions in place until now, our Plan B was to move to Trenton, Ontario for the summer, and perhaps the next year if the Canada-US border remains closed. With the border opening still in the distant future, we still plan to move a few things, mostly bedroom furniture, to Trenton in case will have to remain in Canada for the winter. I love living on Wild Horses but I am not sure I am hearty enough to attempt to live on her through a Canadian winter. Burrrr!
Right now, our focus is firmly set on getting Wild Horses in shape to be on the water. We will tackle that over the next week and then also do our last few steps to get ready to move out of our townhouse by month end. We have lots of hard work ahead of us for the next few weeks but we will be doing all of it with big smiles on our faces. In the next month or so we will be enjoying life full time on Wild Horses!
Victoria is a hiker, dog-lover, blog writer and planner extraordinaire. Oh, yeah and she is kind of fond of living on a boat.