In this presentation, illustrated with numerous photographs and personal stories, Alexei will talk about how he gradually transformed an old boat bought on eBay from an ugly duckling into a lovely sailing vessel. He will describe his work on wet deck, keel and hull moisture protection, topsides restoration, preparation and painting, electrical system replacement, engine rebuilding and replacing, rigging modifications, as well as some comfort improvements. Alexei will explain how he improved the boat and sailed her at the same time not loosing time on a complete rebuild. This is a story of his first hand experience, mistakes, difficulties and accomplishments.
Alexei Pashkevich is by education and experiences an aquatic ecologist. For many years he has worked as a research scientist on the lakes and rivers of the USSR. In recent years, Alexei and his wife Elena have completed numerous trips to the 1000 Islands Park and many ports on Lake Ontario. In 2011 they sailed from Toronto to Quebec City and back. In the summer of 2013 they cruised from Toronto to Thunder Bay and returned through the North Channel and the Severn-Trenton Canal. Alexei successfully operates Great Lakes Sailing School: glsailingschool.com. Alexei graduated the New-York Institute of Photography. He has used his photography to capture special moments during his travels, the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and the free spirit of traveling by sail.