Our 1987 KMV 1700 HT Boat

Today was supposed to be a boating day. But a problem with the engine tilt kept us more or less on land. Instead we paddled a bit on the Nottawasaga and then loaded the kayaks up and relaxed on the beach.  While I’m waiting for supper to warm up, I thought I’d repost something I wrote several years ago on my old blog, now long gone.

For relaxation, you need one of two things: fire, or water. Neither are available in our backyard, and we are constantly ‘treated’ to our neighbour’s taste in music. Being out in our little aluminum fishing boat reminded me of what fun we had with our run-about many pre-children years ago. So, I suggested to my husband, that we should buy a another boat. No need for persuasion. He knew exactly what he wanted.

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Thomas with his KMV.

Back in the 1980s, KMV bought the Oliver Boat Plant here in New Lowell. The Norwegians were involved in building some of the Oliver Boats of the most recent vintages. Oliver had a creative mind and designed some really great boats that were fun and functional, depending on what you like. But once the Norwegians bought the business out, the plant was renamed KMV Boats. My father worked for Oliver, as did my mother, and several friends. My parents stayed on when the business changed hands and in KMV’s last year of business, my sister worked there as quality control. So if you have an 1987 KMV, she did the final inspection and applied all the trim and logos.

My father did all the woodwork in the boats, from the interior framework (I don’t know the proper ‘boat term’) and all the wood trim, like the three little decorative strips of teak on the front, and in the 1700 Dromidilles, the teak tables that span the seats in the front, but convert to a dining table at the back. My mother did the upholstery in many of the boats, so the fabric covered cushions, and the burgundy and grey or navy seats are probably her work.

When the plant closed, the molds were given away (or sold, but I think they were given away) and my husband was so disappointed, because loved the design of the 1700HT. 25 years later, he still wanted that boat.

It took a lot of hunting to track one down. One we looked at had scrapes through the hull. Not a consideration, because these boats are foam filled,  just fixing the fibreglass doesn’t work because  if the foam is saturated, it doesn’t dry out. My guess is that it would ride pretty low in the water.  They are supposed to be unsinkable (which brings to mind the obvious comparison, the Titanic.)

I finally found one, three hours from home. I sent a family friend to check it out for us, and he deemed it worth our drive out. The owner was kind enough to take us for a spin on Lake Ontario, which on that day was as smooth as a mill pond (or milk pond). My husband was smitten, and we were soon on our way back down the 401 with boat

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Boat dog and I.

in tow.

Some things we’ve learned about this boat:

  • Things—anchors, batteries, coolers, gas cans and people have to be evenly balanced or the boat lists easily and the steering gets wonky.
  • With a 60HP motor it skips along fast enough for us, but not fast enough for the kids who want to ski and tube. At least that’s what we tell them.
  • Having the hard-top is awesome. It looks small, but I can stretch out for a nap (I’m 5’10”) quite comfortably and stay out of the weather.
  • It actually handles fairly rough water well. Not, stupid, you shouldn’t be out there in the first place, rough of course. But, out on Nottawasaga Bay, with the winds gusting from 30km to 40km we felt well rocked, but not at all insecure.
  • Overloading the front, either with people or heavy gear in the bow cubbies causes wonky steering.
  • With the small trolling motor you can get away with travelling through less than three feet of water.
  • It scares fish away. (Reason #9876 we didn’t catch fish)
  • It sounds more loud and hollow going over chop than our old run-about. My guess is that the sound is echoed under the hard-top rather than muffled under the closed-in bow of the run-about.
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Captain Boat Dog

 

So, we now own a little bit of New Lowell history (not Owen Sound, Angus, Quebec or any other place you see people claiming KMVs were built), and a little bit of personal history. And, I get wife of the year award this year. I actually sold my horse trailer to accommodate this purchase. I win.

Since writing this, I’ve noticed that if the serial number is indication, we may have a 1986, rather than 1987. Not that there’s any difference. If I ever come across an Oliver with the center console, I’d be very tempted to buy it.  I saw one near Midland at a storage facility, but have never seen one in the water. I’ve also noticed that there is another Oliver boat company in the U.S.  Not the same thing at all.

Suddenly It’s Summer

From dreary, endless winter to high summer within a week! Suddenly I’m unpacking summer clothes and stashing the warm winter clothes. Around here though, there’s a good chance I’ll be pulling a few warm sweaters out.

We’ve spent a little time getting the backyard ready too. The gazebo screens are on so we’re ready to dodge the mosquitoes. And I’ve done a tiny bit of gardening–plopping a few petunias, herbs and morning glories in the small patch of sunny garden and a few planters I grow flowers in. We started geraniums early in the spring, and they’ve been put out now too. All my houseplants live outdoors in the summer, with some care to harden them off to the sun and wind.

Vegetable gardening is almost impossible in our yard. We have an area where a pool used to sit that we’ve been filling in with leaves, Here we can grow potatoes, and zucchini and cucumbers seem to be able to survive around the edges. Tomatoes are a loss, as they succumb to blight no matter what we do. The season is too short for nice peppers, and the only thing that grows reasonably well in the shade are leafy greens.

We absolutely ache for a backyard we can have a real garden in! To that end, and because a multi-level house with three sets of stairs and one partial set is not suitable for someone with Parkinson’s Disease we are slowly getting our house ready to sell. We plan to buy before we sell and get exactly what we want.

But first, there’s a wedding! I’ve been making a few things, my own dress included. It’s almost finished. I used the Butterick B5710. I’ll write a short post about my ‘adventures’ with this pattern in case anyone else still wants to sew with it. It’s an easy pattern–but setting that zipper–if you look closely, even the picture on the website shows a big bulge in it! There’s an easy fix though and a way to save some struggle.

With the dress somewhat out of the way (hand sewing the hems–yuck), my next task is photo-booth props. And that knit dress–the front and back are knitted and I’m sitting down to the sleeves. I’ve wanted this dress for ages, bought the knitting machine a year ago, and am finally getting it done. I’ve learned so much in the year, and there is an incredible amount still to learn, but I’m starting to make wearable garments, rather than sample swatches. Sewing on its own seems so much simpler now that I’m learning to make fabric from scratch! Buying a few yards off the bolt almost feels like cheating!

 

The "Pippa" dress--now a mother-of-the-bride dress.
The “Pippa” dress–now a mother-of-the-bride dress.

Another Project

I spent a good part of the day at the Creativ Festival in Mississauga and came home with two balls of yarn and a pattern for a summer shawl . Since I don’t know how to hand knit I’m working it up on my bulky gauge knitting machine. It’s already half done and I’m quite satisfied with the results so far . The yarn is called Nako Venus Heaven.

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Sourdough SCOBY?

I’ve been making sourdough on and off for years.  This batch was parked beside the kombucha tea urn.  Is that why it formed a kombucha tea-like SCOBY,  or biofilm? This is the first time I’ve seen this happen.  Beneath the layer all was well,  the sourdough smelling nice and spicy.  I took the layer off and fed the sponge.  It’s bubbling away as good sourdough starter should.

After The Ice Storm

After what seemed like days of weather watches and special statements it was hard to take the forecasts seriously.  But Thursday the expected freezing rain did begin and by early evening if was obvious there would be a mess by morning.  The power went out as most people were preparing dinner.  We enjoyed a  candle light dinner of take out pizza and the lights came on just before bedtime

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Thursday evening as it’s still raining.

We fell asleep listening to branches crashing down and I debated whether the vehicles were safer parked on the road or in the driveway under the trees. The only major branch we lost fell over the fence within inches of the neighbour’s camper trailer. So there is lots of cleaning of small branches.

Friday morning.
Friday morning.

The power went out again at dinner time which meant serving rather undercooked and frosty veggies for Easter family dinner,  but everything else was done.  The lights came on as we finished dessert.

Saturday morning.
Saturday morning.

Saturday morning dawned sunny with the ice still on the trees.  It was dazzling.  But,  we are still hearing chainsaws as everyone tries to clean up. Some folks are still without power.  I’ve posted more photos on my Google albums.

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Quick Update

Not very good at updating my blog right now! You read that all over the internet of course. We’re coming down to the final three months before my daughter’s wedding. I was talking to someone yesterday about taking a watercolor class. Not until fall, I told her.  Yes, weddings are all consuming, she said. Well, we’re trying not to let it get that way with some good planning, but it does seem a rather large event looming on our horizon. A bridal shower is being planned in about three weeks time, and although I said I’m not getting involved, I lied. I’m starting to bake this week, keeping in mind that I’m hosting a family dinner on Friday and attending another three hours away in Saturday. Thankfully, my family is very forgiving and unlikely to bat an eye if I do something like forget the main course. A few Christmases ago, I made a turkey dinner and found the dressing untouched in the oven a few days later. I don’t know how that happened because for me and a few other people, dressing is the main event. Anyway, I’m living by the pen and notebook and looking forward to everything.

The knitted dress? Even machine knitting takes time to learn as I’ve come to realize. While you can make large rectangles of plain knitted textile very quickly, making a garment to fit right off the machine bed, along with patterning at least part of it so it’s not so plain takes a longer. So far, my experimental sweater has two sleeves, two backs, and one badly made front. I’m starting  a new front. The discarded front and back will probably turn into something like a cut and sew hot water bottle cover. The road to the actual dress is much longer than I anticipated.

I’ve also been doing some paper crafting. I love the box cards I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest and took a swing at making some. The first was made using a purchased project from Cricut. The second, is made from scratch using a box card base template from The Non-Crafty Crafter. The box cards fold flat to fit in an envelope, but open to display the details within. I’m  inspired to make more, bigger and better!

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All Occasion Box Cards by Lori Whitlock available through the Cricut Design Space

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Box card made with The Non-Crafty Crafter template and Cricut DS images.

I also have to fit a little work in. Over on Ponybox:

And on About.com, things keep rolling along.

And now, I’m sure I have something to do…

Passing the Winter Days

My project this winter has been to learn to use a knitting machine.  I now have two,  a mid-gauge suitable for knitting fine yarns and a medium gauge for heavier yarns. I’ve so far made some simple projects such as cut and sew sweaters,  some charity hats,  a braided scarf and other wearables.
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Now I’m working on a sweater so that I can experiment with patterns and sizes to finally make myself the sweater dress I would like. I was lucky enough to find 4 cones of alpaca acrylic blend in a very fine yarn. I have two in a natural color and two in black. Judging from the amount that I’ve used so far to create my first sweater there will be plenty left over to make things like socks and who knows what else. Learning to use these machines means that I’ve relied on lot on YouTube videos. There are so many helpful people that have put instructional videos online. Two that I’ve relied on a lot are Roberta Rose Kelly and Dianne Sullivan.

It is very satisfying to make something that can’t be deleted with the press of a key.

January 2016 100k Walkies

Although I did not set out with the goal of walking 100km this month, it looks like my habit of walking 3.2km or 2 miles a day will get me there anyway. Unusually mild, dry weather means I’ve been out walking far more than I would expect this time of year. This is how my walking log looks right now:

 

Date Activity Calories Burned (kCal) Distance (km)  Time (seconds) Avg Pace (min/km) Avg Speed (km/h) Steps
Jan. 11, 2016 Walk 230 3.272 2217 11.29093 5.31398 4457
Jan. 10, 2016 Walk 226 3.226 2097 10.8318 5.53923 4394
Jan. 9, 2016 Walk 226 3.237 2069 10.6526 5.63239 4408
Jan. 8, 2016 Walk 393 5.629 3631 10.7500 5.58133 7666
Jan. 7, 2016 Walk 225 3.204 2159 11.2287 5.34342 2160
Jan. 6, 2016 Walk 240 3.429 2256 10.9629 5.47299 4671
Jan. 5, 2016 Walk 283 2.646 720 4.53430 13.2324 2785
Jan. 3, 2016 Walk 99 1.406 945 11.1953 5.35937 1916
Jan. 2, 2016 Walk 355 4.944 3085 10.3989 5.76982 6733
Jan. 1, 2016 Walk 203 2.762 1691 10.2037 5.88017 3761

To log my activities I use the mapmyrun app, actually mapmydogwalk and my Garmin Vivofit. So, I’ve achieved just over 33% of my goal in 11 days. I know that two miles a day is not that far to walk, but that’s where I am.