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Old 08-07-2015, 07:36 AM   #81
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So when are the boat shows down there. Seems like they were around this time. Since we are up in the panhandle it would be nice to be able to pick up one of the shows on the front or back end of the get together. I know you dont want to schedule it at the same time but if it were close in time it would be great, if that works for all.

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Don, the boat show runs February 11 through 15 th.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:35 AM   #82
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"Never crossed the lake in Feb are the mosquitoes any better?

I heard in winter they dont die they multiply"

NOPE! After the first freeze , or simply hard cold weather , the small flying bugs are gone till it warms up again , mid April to early May.

Inland at sunset there might be a few , but not many.

At our spot in Ortona the snowbirds can be ID'ed by the lack of porch screens , the all years by the mosquito barricades on the porch.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:42 PM   #83
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We're getting serious now

As Alan said, the Miami Boat Show is Feb. 11-15. I suggest we do the gathering on either side of those dates for members going to the show. I talked with the dock master here again. He says he can accommodate us if we can get our reservations in.

So, here again post the dates you favor. We will pick the dates that accommodate the most members.

Parks had better bring some really good boat show specials because we are accommodating him.

Please check the electrical systems on the boats coming. The new power pedestals will not give power if it detects a ground fault on your boat. The dock master emphasized this, as it has surprised many people.

As I have a business meeting the 2nd Monday of February, I prefer after the show. However, I will work around that if the majority want before the show.

Here is a link to the marina website The Sunrise City-Fort Pierce City Marina -
Be sure to tell them that you are with the trawler group.

I am looking forward to it. So, speak now your preference.
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"Please check the electrical systems on the boats coming. The new power pedestals will not give power if it detects a ground fault on your boat. The dock master emphasized this, as it has surprised many people."

a bit of thread drift. How do you check? I tryed to search without luck...
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Can adjust to either,however, prefer after the show.
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"Please check the electrical systems on the boats coming. The new power pedestals will not give power if it detects a ground fault on your boat. The dock master emphasized this, as it has surprised many people."

a bit of thread drift. How do you check? I tryed to search without luck...
Most of the circuits on your boat are probably already ground fault protected. You can test them by pushing the test button on the first outlet in the circuit or on the GFI breaker if you have one in the panel. A galvanic isolator would be good to have. You will be asked to turn your AC circuit breakers on one at a time to isolate the problem. I suppose you could leave that circuit off if it is a problem. Other than that an electrician could check it out for you.
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:43 PM   #87
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After the show for me. In the week or two leading up to the show I'll be pretty busy.
Please come visit me at the show!
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After the show works better for me.
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It looks as if after the show may be the most favored. For those coming into the marina during the show, I will see about having DON'S SHORT BUS TOURS operating. We could do a day trip to the show. Also, I could run some up to Marine Connection. For those that have never been there it could be a fascinating place.

The marina is expecting a lot of Snowbirds for the season, but Dean says he can work us in with good notice. Remember to tell them you will be with the trawler group.

Here are a couple of more links. The theatre and Black Box theater are within walking distance from the marina. Jazz is at the Black Box on Tuesday nights. Sunrise Theater has some really great live shows. Check their play bill.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...03073922,d.dmo

http://www.jazzsociety.org/

Saturday mornings is the Farmers Market right next to the marina. There is also a Jazz market right next to it.

There is another Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoon.

2 restaurants are on the premises. The Tiki Hut and Cobb's Landing. There are also other restaurants within walking distance.

Ya'll come!
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I Like after the show.
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Prefer after.
We'll be driving over from the left side. Don since this seems to be your show. How about a hotel recommendation close to the marina ?
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Prefer after.
We'll be driving over from the left side. Don since this seems to be your show. How about a hotel recommendation close to the marina ?
There are really no motels near the marina. They are all clustered around the Turnpike/I-95 exit on Highway 70.
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There are really no motels near the marina. They are all clustered around the Turnpike/I-95 exit on Highway 70.
Well that sucks.
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Well that sucks.
Yeah, it does. Ft. Pierce is no so much a tourist town as a working town. There are condos for rent on Hutchenson Island, but motel accommodations are thin. It's a good town to get boat work done.
The SEAL/UDT Museum is here, and worth the trip,

https://www.navysealmuseum.org/

Here's the link to Marine Connection Liquidators also worth a trip.

Marine Connection Liquidators
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To get to the boat show this year you can use public transportation all the way from West Palm Beach. You take Tri-Rail south to Miami. Transfer to Metrorail and get off at the Vizcaya Station. Shuttle buses will take you to the show.

If you come by boat, anchor near Dinner Key and take the water taxi to the boat show.

Don't drive to the boat show, there is no parking. There is plenty of parking on the main land with shuttle buses and water taxis to the show.

This show location will be a lot easier to get to than the Miami Beach location. Just take advantage of all the shuttles and water taxis.
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Will there be dancing girls?

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You know it's sad but there seem to be fewer booth babes every year.
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This will be my first get together what activities are done how do we participate this is in my back yard?
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This will be my first get together what activities are done how do we participate this is in my back yard?
It's great that you are coming. This will be a pretty informal affair. No plans set in stone as of yet. You can come in a few days early or stay a few days later if you want. We are just fleshing out what everyone would like to do.

If you have never done our Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, I recommend it. It usually has pretty good live music. I love the Jazz Jams on Tuesday evenings. We will probably do some cocktail dock gatherings. Bring a folding chair an hors d'oeuvre,and join in. We can also tour the boats that everyone brings. It'll be pretty loose, and I will bring my 8 passenger Short Bus for those wanting to go to the Seal Museum or Marine Connection Liquidators.

Oh yeah, there will probably be some boat fixing going on.

This will be our first planned SE Florida gathering. If it is like others from TF I have met, you will leave with some new friends.
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So far everyone has said that after the show is better. Fine with me, but if you would like before the show let it be known. How about hearing from the west coast guys?
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