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David Carter 03-18-2017 10:30 AM

Leaving Key West for Knoxville
 
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I'm looking at windfinder to find the best day to cross the gulf to Ft. Myers. It's looking like Wednesday will be the best. I will keep an eye on the site for changes but it looks good here and in Ft. Myers. I may hit a little wind if I get in to late. I also have to watch the tide in Ft. Myers beach as it moves in an out with a strong current. There is a great diesel station in there. I get a good price there with cash. A lot of places give good cash discounts or some will give you a nights stay if you buy more then a hundred gallons.

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David Carter 03-18-2017 10:33 AM

How Many kids get to rub the belly of a manatee

Keysdisease 03-18-2017 01:33 PM

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How Many kids get to rub the belly of a manatee

I have 3 of them that have, but then we live here.

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Wmiii 03-19-2017 07:07 AM

Dave,
Checking Marv's weather forecast:


Dee Light Website


Wednesday looks best going from Key West to Ft Myers Beach.


Enjoy and hope to see you in Tennessee this summer.


Wm Mayberry
OPTIMYSTIQUE
Mariner 40


Marathon, FL

Conall63 03-19-2017 08:04 AM

There's a commercial fuel dock next to Ft. Myers beach mooring field.

David Carter 03-19-2017 12:44 PM

Yes I always stop at that fuel dock. He has the best price if you have cash. He also lets me tie off after 5 for $15.

David Carter 03-19-2017 12:46 PM

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I have 3 of them that have, but then we live here.

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Looks like an awful big kid trying to touch him

David Carter 03-19-2017 12:48 PM

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Looks like an awful big kid trying to touch him



Wow your grandkids get milk with their cereal. I'm broke as a bag a glass we have to eat ours dry.

David Carter 03-24-2017 05:23 PM

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We traveled 190 miles across the gulf from key west Florida to punta gorda Florida. I tried to avoid the crab pots. It was a great day.
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Wish I could show you my video.

David Carter 03-28-2017 10:17 PM

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Left Clearwater and made it to Carrabelle Fl today. We're sitting at a fuel dock waiting for them to open at 7.

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Another great crossing. It got a little ruff at the end. I couldn't wait to get rinsed off.

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David Carter 03-31-2017 07:29 AM

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David Carter 03-31-2017 08:03 AM

Wednesday we left Dog Island at Carrabelle at 7:15 am with fog and light chop. The fog burned off within a couple of hours. Our destination was The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach. During the 218 mile crossing we experienced 3 periods of wave activity. By 1:00 the light chop increased to 2 ft waves. While coming through the Panama City inlet, the wave activity increased to 6 footers. The challenge was to steer into the waves while maintaining the boat's route and keeping the boat upright and passengers safe.

Our 12 hr. day concluded with a ride on a ferries wheel and dinner before well earned rest for all.

David Carter 03-31-2017 08:16 AM

Yesterday was windy so our decision was to remain tied up at The Wharf. David changed fuel filters and a couple other routine maintenance tasks. Much of the day was spent watching weather forecasts and discussing possible alternatives for travel.

Travel advisors, Brian and Ken, weighed in with suggestions where we might wait out the weather predicted for the weekend. We dined out, did a little shopping, and retired early in preparation for an early departure Friday.

David Carter 03-31-2017 08:20 AM

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Today we're crossing Mobile bay.

David Carter 03-31-2017 08:28 AM

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BandB 03-31-2017 11:49 AM

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Originally Posted by David Carter (Post 539450)
Wednesday we left Dog Island at Carrabelle at 7:15 am with fog and light chop. The fog burned off within a couple of hours. Our destination was The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach. During the 218 mile crossing we experienced 3 periods of wave activity. By 1:00 the light chop increased to 2 ft waves. While coming through the Panama City inlet, the wave activity increased to 6 footers. The challenge was to steer into the waves while maintaining the boat's route and keeping the boat upright and passengers safe.

Our 12 hr. day concluded with a ride on a ferries wheel and dinner before well earned rest for all.

Wifey B: I had to laugh as 6 foot waves weren't enough for you guys so you got on this giant 30 or 40' wave thing that goes round and round. :)

fishpcb 03-31-2017 12:09 PM

How many days from Key West to Mobile bay? Average speed?

Donna 03-31-2017 06:22 PM

The pics are great! Do you have a drone for the ariel?

Drake 03-31-2017 11:05 PM

It was great to meet you today at Dog River. Please keep us posted on your trip upriver since we'll be a couple of weeks behind you. When we get to Tellico Lake we'll look you up.

Paul


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