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Old 02-13-2016, 08:36 AM   #201
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You could have towed them.... Just saying
Simple words to live by: Never try to embarrass a big steel boat.

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Old 02-13-2016, 08:40 AM   #202
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:15 AM   #203
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Sunrise heading out of Titusville, FL.

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Old 02-14-2016, 08:53 AM   #204
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WOW! Ted, keep 'er coming. Looks like Fort Pierce by Monday. We'll be waiting.
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:01 PM   #205
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Mr. B is a lucky man!

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I would think he was the "unlucky" man.

Always having to walk behind her spreading his overcoat wide open so no one can glimpse a peek.



nice pic of the VAB.
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:53 PM   #206
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I am guessing there is no issue with the LCS having guns on board?
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:04 PM   #207
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:50 AM   #208
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Heading South again. Had three great days in Fort Pierce with TF friends. Time to cast off the lines and head to Stuart, lake Okeechobee, and on to Fort Myers.

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Old 02-18-2016, 08:14 AM   #209
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Greetings,
Mr. OC. I hadn't heard any reports. Good to hear at least one person survived.
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:01 AM   #210
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Mr. OC. I hadn't heard any reports. Good to hear at least one person survived.
What happens in Ft. Pierce stays in Ft. Pierce!
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:03 AM   #211
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Heading across lake Okeechobee today. Will be going through the Port Mayaca and the Moore Haven locks and spending the night on a frlends dock just before the Ortona lock.

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A pass through. Water level in lake Okeechobee is high now, so the lock is open to move water out of the lake. This results in a 1.5 knot current in the waterway and through the lock. You just motor slowly through the lock.

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Wind hasn't come up yet, so the lake looks flat. A few miles off shore, gentle <1' swells on my starboard stern quarter rock the boat. These are left over from yesterday's 20+ knot winds. The crossing is about 25 miles. Wind is supposed to pick up by 10 am. Hope I'm off the lake by then. The lake is so large that now I can only see 1/3 of the shoreline.

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Old 02-19-2016, 08:35 AM   #212
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OC, I'm sure it's in the thread and I missed it, but where's your destination?
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:11 AM   #213
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OC, I'm sure it's in the thread and I missed it, but where's your destination?
Fort Myers, Fl is my winter home.

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Old 02-19-2016, 12:19 PM   #214
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We resisted Lake Okeechobee for a long time. A friend kept telling us we should take it sometime but we found no attraction to the idea. We gave in. We even stopped and went fishing with a guide from Roland Martin's. We loved it. It was beautiful and calm like you're seeing it today. Now, we often do the FL loop with Lake Okeechobee in one direction and Key West in the other and then whatever side trips in the gulf.

We also love Fort Myers. Seems like an excellent place to live and great retirement city.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:30 PM   #215
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Coming off the lake you arrive at the Clewiston lock. You don't go through this one. Turn to starboard and travel North up the west side of the lake.

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This is the rim canal.

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No pics of the Moore Haven lock. It was a little busy with another boat on my a$$.

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Old 02-19-2016, 02:18 PM   #216
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Awesome! Thanks for the pics and narrative......
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Old 02-19-2016, 02:20 PM   #217
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We've docked in Moore Haven, but the real joy is reaching the Ft. Myers Dock.
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Sunrise near the Ortona lock.

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The canal is wider and a more uniform depth below Ortona.

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Farm land with cows grazing or crops in the field is common.

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The Franklin lock to the left; spillway is in the center; Army Corp of Engineers campground is to the right.

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Coming up to the lock.

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Below the lock is a cove that cuts back behind the campground. It's very protected from wind, current, and wakes. There is an anchorage above the lock as well with boat slips ($30 per night).

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Anchored up for the night, I'm playing with my new Lehr propane outboard. Seems odd to see a propane tank hooked to an outboard. Went from 15 HP to 9.9 HP. Works great with me, hoping it will get on top with 2 people. We shall see.

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Old 02-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #219
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I see you went with the big tank option. I guess at 9.9 on plane, you'd have to stop too often to change small LPG bottles. I like the idea of being able to take a small LPG bottle and refill it from the BBQ grill tank with an adaptor. I think I would have a small bottle or two aboard just in case the big tank runs out.
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Old 02-20-2016, 05:17 PM   #220
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I see you went with the big tank option. I guess at 9.9 on plane, you'd have to stop too often to change small LPG bottles. I like the idea of being able to take a small LPG bottle and refill it from the BBQ grill tank with an adaptor. I think I would have a small bottle or two aboard just in case the big tank runs out.
Weighing out options. The tank pictured has a draw tube which pulls liquid propane from the bottom. The engine will run on vapor propane, but you're not going to get all the HP which may mean the boat doesn't get up on plane. Will have to do some more testing. Going to try a vapor tank (no draw tube) and see what that does.

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