Monday, 8 July 2019

1.3 km of Dental Floss

As we are going to be in some rather remote places in the US Midwest, US South and the Caribbean, we are stocking up with our favorite  food items and those which will be hard to find. It does seem crazy to be buying such large amounts, but you'd be surprised what you need for a couple of years!

Because this is all going onto Geru and will end up packed away in hard-to-get-to places, everything needs to be fully inventoried and kept track of to make sure we don't have expired food hiding under the bed (yes, there will be food under the bed).

Sorting at home

One of many boxes to unpack onto Geru

Snapshot of a small part of our inventory list

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Heading out again .... finally!

July 2019

After 10 years (we can't believe it's been that long!) we are getting back out on Geru. We've been planning for this since we came home and had originally thought it would be five years, but the renovations and the cost of living on land greatly delayed things. Over the next months we'll post some older stories of the renovations done to Geru.

So what's the plan ?

This time we are heading down through the center of the US and completing America's Great Loop which we did half of last time. The plan is to leave Ottawa heading south on the Rideau Canal, then along Lake Ontario to the Trent-Severn Waterway which exits into Georgian Bay. We will then work our way through to Lake Michigan and down to Chicago. Then we will take the Illinois River out of Chicago to the Mississippi River. As the Mississippi River gets very commercial and not great for pleasure boats farther south, we will head over to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (via the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers) and then the Tombigbee River until we get to the Mobile River and, finally, come out into the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, Alabama. From there we'll see where the winds take us...

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Six Weeks' Delay

The plan was to  launch Geru in late May or early June, but Mother Nature had other ideas. As usual, in mid-April the water on the Ottawa River started rising as it normally does in spring. We thought that there might be some flooding as we'd seen in 2017, so we figured we might have a couple of weeks where we couldn't get to the boat. But this time around it was much worse! The flood crest was the same, but the high water stuck around for around six weeks (and is still very high for this time of year!). The flooding coincided with when the weather was finally conducive for boat work. We had several weeks of work to do before putting Geru in the water, so our plans have been set back by about six weeks.

Geru in the 2017 flood (repeated in 2019)
Leaving the marina by car as the flooding receded

Monday, 1 March 2010

Upcoming Talk on Our Adventures

Cruising Lifestyle Seminar Series

Advantage Boating is pleased to offer once again this 3-part cruising lifestyle seminar series.
Come and hear Ottawa’s own Ruth Beyerlein & Geoff Roddick talk about their 2-year round trip Caribbean adventure aboard their catamaran from boat selection & purchasing to bringing the boat back to winter in Canada. This three-night seminar series can help get you on course for your cruising adventure or simply help you escape the winter chill.
OPTIONS One, Two or all Three Nights
FEE $40.00 for all three nights
$30.00 for any two nights
$20.00 for a single night

Advanced registration is required with Advantage Boating.

Session 1: The Dream Takes Shape
What initiated this Trip?
Why a catamaran?
Bringing as US boat into Canada.
Gear Selection, Boat Preparation, Provisioning
Monday, March 6; 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Britannia Yacht Club
**The BYC Galley will be open at 5:00 pm for dinner beforehand!

Session 2: The Voyage - Ottawa to the Bahamas
All those Canals...
Crossing the Gulf Stream
The Bahamas
Monday, March 22; 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Britannia Yacht Club
**The BYC Galley will be open at 5:00 pm for dinner beforehand!

Session 3: The Voyage Part 2 - Bahamas, South Eastern Carribean
Running from Hurricanes
The Thorny Path
The Islands
Ocean Passage Making
Our return home!
Monday, March 29; 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Britannia Yacht Club
**The BYC Galley will be open at 5:00 pm for dinner beforehand!

Sunday, 3 January 2010


3 January 2010

Happy New Year to all!

Winter has arrived here in Canada.

Geru not so happy with this cold white stuff around her!

Ruth wishing she was with our friends sailing down south

Sunday, 25 October 2009


25 October 2009

We thought we should post an update here for all the people we've left hanging for months. We are now set-up back in Ottawa in an apartment downtown.

Over the next months we plan to back-fill the posts and upload photos we were unable to post on our rushed trip back North.

In the meantime Geoff is looking for a Job, know of anyone looking for an Application or Sales Engineer, Technical Marketing Manager or Product Manager committed to delivering world-class customer service?

Sunset on Ottawa River

Friday, 28 August 2009

Back in Ottawa

28 August 2009

On Sunday August 16th 2009 we arrived back in Ottawa after the long rush north to get "home".

Back in Ottawa


Geru on the Canal in downtown Ottawa

It's been a long trip home