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Miles, Storms, and Stories

Miles, Storms, and Stories

While planning our moves in Sarasota, Em and I decided we should take the boat up the river system to Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley for the remainder of hurricane season.  During that time, I’ll pick up some work to replenish the cruising kitty and we can make future plans. After 2 months of amazing adventures with my best friend/wife, Emily departed last week to visit her sister in Annapolis.  Though, I wish I could have gone, it was up to me…

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Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

  I spent a wonderful night at anchor in Lemon Bay before picking up the hook and heading toward Charlotte Harbor.  As I was raising the anchor, dolphins began circling the chain as the windlass pulled it in.  The ICW through this stretch was much more interesting than the previous day’s journey.  There were dolphins, manatees, and an assortment of birds perched above channel markers.  I also had to travel through a large swing bridge followed by an abandoned railroad…

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Heading south

Heading south

After departing Snead Island Boatworks last Tuesday, I first made my way to Marina Jack in Sarasota.  Marina Jack holds a special place in my heart.  As a kid, I spent a few summers in the Sarasota region with my grandparents, and more than a few of those summer days were spent looking at all the boats in that Marina.  So,  I spent a few days there on a mooring ball.  I had a chance to visit with my parents and…

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Like a fish out of water

Like a fish out of water

Right when we almost had everything setup on the boat to make it appear as a cruising boat it was time to remove everything for the BIG MOVE.  The day that we planned to drop the mast and haul the boat was forecasted to have rain,sleet,snow and 30 mph winds.  Perfect conditions, right?   Well, maybe for a polar bear.  Fortunately we had plenty of help the entire day.  I thank all my friends for coming out and attempting to become…

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Fun, fiberglass , and battery acid.

Fun, fiberglass , and battery acid.

Work has continued on despite the crazy heat.  The bow reinforcement is complete. Instead of a chainplate, for the forestay Dehler used a backing plate under the deck that looked like it was repaired once upon a time.  I didn’t trust the way it looked so I decided to reinforce that area of the bow and also reinforce farther aft to support load from the bow roller that will hold my 15kg Rican anchor . Oversized ? Yep. Do I…

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