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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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Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

I awoke at 0600, prepped the boat, and was on my way to the Ft.Myers mooring field.  I was planning on provisioning there with fuel, water and food.  I was also taking on crew.  Ray has been at Boulder as long as I can remember.  He has helped us with many projects over the years and is a close friend.  We dined at Doc Ford’s which is right next to the mooring field and is a staple for author Randy…

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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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We Made It!

We Made It!

And the boat still Floats!  The past 3 weeks have been an absolute blur.  I had two weeks to finish as many projects on the boat as possible before the boat was scheduled to be picked up.  Some of the required projects included wiring the solar and new alternator charging systems, mosquito nets for the main salon hatch, bottom paint, work in the anchor locker, boat name sticker on the hull side, and the list goes on and on.  Along…

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I’ve had choices

I’ve had choices

“I’ve had choices Since the day that I was born There were voices That told me right from wrong If I had listened No I wouldn’t be here today Living and dying With the choices I made.”-George Jones All my life I’ve had choices to make. A handful of those being more memorable than others. Some most definitely life-changing. During my high school years, before I could even drive, my parents would drive me to the lake, I would help…

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The big day!

The big day!

The boat projects are quickly getting checked off. Most of the supplies are taken care of. The boat has been scheduled for haul-out and transport to Florida.  Though Joel was initially thinking about taking the Tennessee-Tombigby waterway down, this winter’s odd weather patterns, flooding, and other factors caused him agree that shipping the boat straight to the gulf was probably the best option. On April 20, the Pascagoula Run is scheduled to be sitting in the Gulf of Mexico! Stay tuned…

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A New Car!

A New Car!

After over a year of deliberation, we finally purchased a dinghy: a nice, shiny, new dinghy.  Originally, we were not planning on buying a new one.  However, given our landlocked location, lack of time, and and the lack of used boats in the area, Emily pushed me to take advantage of West Marine’s 15% off Thanksgiving online sale (which included free shipping to our local store).  After looking at all the options, we decided to go with a Walker Bay…

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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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woodwork

woodwork

The wood work is starting to come along. The Nav station piece is cut and ready for staining once i cutout the instrument panel and storage holes. I have everything i need except for the VHF and A/C panel. I will hopefully have enough cash by this thursday to order both and finish this project ASAP. In the meantime i have been going back and forth on different ways to create the cockpit seats. Originally the cockpit seats consisted of…

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