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Old 01-27-2014, 09:55 PM   #21
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Don, That is a great idea. Good marina, great location and central.

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Old 01-29-2014, 11:16 AM   #22
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I'm trawllering to Brazil, but in 2015 Feb, maybe I'll buy another boat in US and certainly I'll go. Or get a ride :-)
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Will be retired by then. Any place in Florida will be a nice diversion.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:48 AM   #24
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Don, That is a great idea. Good marina, great location and central.

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It would also mean that we'd be only a hundred yards or so from Don's beer stash.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:17 PM   #25
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Responses so far are encouraging. Was down in the keys for the last 4 days diving. Weather was beautiful but looking at the charts, it seems a pretty good slog to get down there (ICW) from central south FL. Traveling South from Tampa or Fort Myers would either be long following the ICW or over a pretty big stretch of open water during the windy season. Looked at Key Biscayne and that's a possibility. While I like the added warmth of being down in the keys during the winter, windy weather and a long slog for most boaters might be a deal breaker.

Looked at Ft. Pierce and am leaning in that direction for the following reasons:

For those on the FL East coast it's pretty centrally located.

For those on the West coast it's ICW to Fort Myers then across the Okeechobee water way.

Should be far enough South to avoid the Polar Vortex.

The area looks to be well protected and ICW reachable from all three directions.

Even the Lone Canaveraler ought to be able to make it.

While I don't have dates yet, I'm leaning toward the last week of January or first week of February.

Now is a good time to let your opinion be heard.

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I dunno. Heading back though the Okeechobee Waterway to the east would be an interesting trip, especially for the start of the Florida loop (clockwise), but if it's going to be in Ft. Pierce anyway, I'd probably leave my boat over there in Stuart and just jog up from there, then do the trip back across to our home in Longboat Key after. I've got a March commitment in Wyoming, so maybe I'd just park the boat back in Stuart and bring it over after. I'm easy.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:46 PM   #27
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We'd just take the gulfsream all the way up.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:51 PM   #28
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Was thinking I might go from Fort Myers to Key West by way of Ft. Pierce. Keep me out of trouble for a month or two.

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Just took a quick look at the are with my Garmin app, seems Fort Pierce City Marina is where we'd go. They look to be the only ones able to support our draft?
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That does it. I'm hiding my beer.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:29 PM   #31
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Too late Don.
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Mr. M. Better hide it real good. Roxborough Rescue Redneck Redbone Coonhound will be on board. He can find a beer, whiskey or a cigarette whenever he puts his mind to it. When, not if found you'll hear.....(music starts at 1:15).
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With Don being the kinda "geographical host", it seems only fair that his massive ballast of beer be lightened, and I'm not talking the cheap stuff either. Sabre-Snobs are known not to do anything less than Guinness and such, and lets face it.....Don is the "class" of the Forum. I've yet to see a Sabre owner with a grip on a Red Stripe or Iron City.

We could learn a lot from Don about beer culture, and we must allow him to teach us.
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With Don being the kinda "geographical host", it seems only fair that his massive ballast of beer be lightened, and I'm not talking the cheap stuff either. Sabre-Snobs are known not to do anything less than Guinness and such, and lets face it.....Don is the "class" of the Forum. I've yet to see a Sabre owner with a grip on a Red Stripe or Iron City.

We could learn a lot from Don about beer culture, and we must allow him to teach us.
I know what. I'll take you guys up to Marine Connection, and you'll be so ga-ga you want even think about beer!http://themarineconnection.net/
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Mr. M. Better hide it real good. Roxborough Rescue Redneck Redbone Coonhound will be on board. He can find a beer, whiskey or a cigarette whenever he puts his mind to it. When, not if found you'll hear.....(music starts at 1:15).
That's music alright. There are two beagles three doors down that give a little music. I had a neighbor that raised Walkers. I raised American Pointers., Much more genteel.----but that's a fine Redbone.

Speaking of Redbone music how about Leon? Appropriate too.

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We are retired and have no idea where we will be next weekend never mind 2015. However. love the idea and will sure try make it. You will send a reminder around December right.....
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We are retired and have no idea where we will be next weekend never mind 2015. However. love the idea and will sure try make it. You will send a reminder around December right.....
I would think there will be plenty of discussion. Bring that big Jarvis Newman over.
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Don, Marine connection is a great idea, however, I seriously doubt it will distract this group from beer.

We have our own Beagle, he is pretty quiet, for a Beagle.

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I know what. I'll take you guys up to Marine Connection, and you'll be so ga-ga you want even think about beer!Marine Connection Liquidators
I've spent a lot of time in that store. Incredible inventory, but even more incredible is that it stays organized. Makes me beer thirsty just thinking about it, and any visit for me has been at least a six-pack. Great idea, Don. Do you have a bus? How big is your ice chest?
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OK, it will be PBR and Red Stripe for Manatee Snobs.

I have a Suburban. Well, kinda like a bus.
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