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Back into the Gulf! (11/29/17)

Start: Welch Causeway Bridge Anchorage, MM 122.1, 0830
End: Manatee River Anchorage, mm93, Tampa Bay, 1243
Total Distance: 25.0 nm
Time: 4:13
Average Speed: 5.9 kts Continue reading “Back into the Gulf! (11/29/17)”

Manatees, Grey hairs and other exotic species (11/28/17)

Start: Tarpon Landing Marina, Tarpon Springs, FL, 0843
End: Welch Causeway Bridge Anchorage, MM 122.1, 1419
Total Distance: 29.2 nm
Time: 5:35
Average Speed: 5.2 kts

We woke up the crack of 7am this morning without an alarm. We are heading out today, but our scheduled trip is just 30 miles south, so we aren’t stressing. The fuel dock doesn’t open until 8am, so Lucky gets a good walk, we get two cups of coffee and when the dock opens, we make our way over.

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Cuttin’ the corner: A 171 mile day (and night) (11/25/17-11/26/17)

We put in the longest day (and night) on the trip: Over 24 hours underway as we cut the corner and move down to Tarpon Springs, FL

Continue reading “Cuttin’ the corner: A 171 mile day (and night) (11/25/17-11/26/17)”

We are thankful for our ’detour’ to Port St. Joe (11/21/17-11/23/17)

We took a wrong turn, ended up in Port Saint Joe, liked it so much we stayed for Thanksgiving! Continue reading “We are thankful for our ’detour’ to Port St. Joe (11/21/17-11/23/17)”

The cold found us; we move out (11/20/17)

In which we leave our anchorage after the big storm and try to escape the cold.

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Standing on deck in gale force winds dressed in my underwear (11/18/17-11/19/17)

Start: Navarre Beach anchorage, 0731
End: Hogtown Bayou anchorage, Choctawhatchee Bay, 1333
Total Distance: 33.7 nm
Time: 6:01
Average Speed: 5.6 kts

After a fantastic day at Navarre Beach, we are moving along down the GIWW. We are looking at the forecast for the evening when both a gale warning and a small craft warning have been posted on the Gulf. Continue reading “Standing on deck in gale force winds dressed in my underwear (11/18/17-11/19/17)”

GICW Day 2: Warning: Banjo aboard! (11/17/17)

Start: Ingram bayou, 0601
End: Navarre Beach anchorage, 1234
Total Distance: 39.2 nm
Time: 6:54
Average Speed: 5.7 kts

I wake up at 4am. Four in the freaking morning. It is dark. I can hear owls outside our boat. And I can’t get to sleep. I’m thinking of bridges. Three bridges, actually. Two 50’ and one 49’ bridge. Which we will transit over the next two days. Continue reading “GICW Day 2: Warning: Banjo aboard! (11/17/17)”

GICW: We are underway again and LOVING IT! (11/16/17)

Start: Turner Marine, Dog Fish River, Mobile Bay, 0830
Intermediate Stop: Lulus Cafe for lunch, 1400-1515
End: Ingram Bayou, Gulf Intercostal Waterway, 1636
Total Distance: 39.2 nm
Time: 6:54
Average Speed: 5.7 kts

And new chapter in our journey begins. We have closed out the rivers and now move on to the Gulf Intercostal Waterway, which looks a LOT like a river BUT it isn’t. We can, if we desire, head out into the gulf and sail. And we will. But not today. Continue reading “GICW: We are underway again and LOVING IT! (11/16/17)”

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