After about 45 minutes I checked the battery and found the voltage was down to about 50%. We had a problem. The batteries should have lasted longer, but I did not want to do repairs on the water with two children aboard. We had to either go home or use the gas engine. Since Jeanette was the one who hated the gas engine so much we decided to leave it up to her. That could be considered a bad move on my part. Asking a four year old to make a decision like that did not go well. She did not want to go home and she did not want to run the gas motor. The more we told her that she had to decide the more she cried. I finally decided that she was going to have to get used to the gas engine and started it. Jeanette decided that she would except the gas motor if she and Emily were put in the cabin with all the doors shut. The two girls sat in the cabin with their hands over their ears while we continued down the river. After a while I looked in through the slot between the top sliding door and the main cabin doors to check on the girls. Jeanette had been crying, her eyes were red, and their were tears on her face. That was more then I could take. I turned off the gas engine and went back on electric. Once the girls were out of the cabin they informed myself and Fred that they both had to go. My lovely wife was planning on getting me a toilet for the boat for father's day. However since father's day had not yet arrived it was sitting in the basement at home. We needed a place to got ashore. Not as easy as you might think. The banks of the rideau river are mainly lined with private properties. However Fred noticed a outhouse behind a dock, and realized it must be a public park that I had never noticed before. We went ashore, and everybody looked after what had to be looked after. We then started to head back. After a while I look at my watch and it was after 5PM. We were very late getting back. The girls had to be fed, and Jeanette needed to get a bath for school in the morning. Also it seemed that the electric engine was going slower. We were nowhere near being back to the docks. The girls went back into the cabin and the gas engine was started again. After a while Emily came out of the cockpit and then a few minutes later so did Jeanette. She actually seemed to have fun watching the foam at the sides of the boat going by. After we got back my wife told me that Jeanette told her she loved the gas mower.. We went back to the dock loaded the boat up and went home. Unpacked the boat. Plugged it in to recharge the batteries, and went into the back yard to have a couple of beers. Charlotte had cooked a roast but decided to serve it tomorrow. I invited Fred and Emily over for supper and we had hamburgers and fries that Charlotte was kind enough to cook at short notice. PS. When we started the trip Jeanette noticed water in the cabin. While the trip was going on I thought the leak I had fought all last summer was back. I realized that evening that I did not clear the rain water out of the storage compartments when I did the cockpit a couple of days earlier. That is probably where the water in the cabin came from. At least that is what I hope.
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