Ice in the Bay…

Today I went to check the dock at the NSC marina and installed three fenders to facilitate docking in crossed winds. The fenders were hanged from butterfly knots along a line spanning the entire length of the dock (yes, I still remember how to make these knots – they are particularly useful since they can be easily made without access to the ends of the line, to produce mid-line loops from which to attach items and prevent their slippage).

Water levels in the Ottawa River are only half a meter above datum, which is a major improvement with respect to what it was a year ago. However, there is still a thin layer of floating ice covering the water everywhere around the docks. Also, the two docks at the end of the ramp (seen in the background in the middle of the picture) are still anchored away from the ramp. Still some time before launching is made possible!