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Old 05-26-2017, 06:16 PM   #21
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"Definitely counting on A/C running Gen. Done enough camping in my youth now I like my creature comforts."

Far less hassle to tie to a marina than run a noisemaker all night just to breath canned air..

To anchor out quietly all that is required is a boat with hatches and screens .

In a short time the vessel will be water temperature , usually cool enough for fine sleeping.

Current internet water temps,

Vaca Beach FL84.9

Naples, FL84.0

Fort Myers, FL87.1

Port Manatee, FL82.9 F
I guess everyone is different, but no way could we sleep comfortably in those temps, especially with the humidity at water level. It would need to be in the 70s for us to turn off the a/c........
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:16 PM   #22
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I guess everyone is different, but no way could we sleep comfortably in those temps, especially with the humidity at water level. It would need to be in the 70s for us to turn off the a/c........
Wifey B: No more than 72 degrees for sleeping for us.
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Old 06-02-2017, 03:21 PM   #23
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How do they determine​ if you have enough experience?

I have 10 years experience with 25ft Sea Ray on lake Michigan and power squadron class. Gave it up when we moved to Philly. Hoping to get back into a boat. Possibly in the upper Chesapeake
You filled out a resume sheet. When you arrive a captain will go over the boat with you.

Take notes. Either by hand and/or record as you go.

Then you'll go out for a check ride where you show you can handle the boat.

If the check out captain is comfortable with your skills the boat is yours and he'll spend time going over charts with you if you wish.

If he/she is not comfortable with how you handle the boat you'll have to spend a half day or more with a captain till they feel you are good to go on your own.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:05 PM   #24
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You filled out a resume sheet. When you arrive a captain will go over the boat with you.

Take notes. Either by hand and/or record as you go.

Then you'll go out for a check ride where you show you can handle the boat.

If the check out captain is comfortable with your skills the boat is yours and he'll spend time going over charts with you if you wish.

If he/she is not comfortable with how you handle the boat you'll have to spend a half day or more with a captain till they feel you are good to go on your own.

This is also what they do when chartering my boat at Southwest Florida Yachts in Cape Coral. Before I put a boat in charter there, I was a customer, and with just being a Cobalt lake boat owner at home, I did 4 hours with a captain and was then fine for the rest of the week my first time.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:25 AM   #25
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Just have to say this is a great thread. Wonderful advice and wisdom readily shared, very refreshing. Well done all. Glad I am here too.
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We chartered once with another couple that had chartered 3 or 4 times prior with the same company.The charter was out of Tortola .They new he was good to go so all we had to do was go over our plan for the week and go over the boat . It took all of an hour or so.The only place we couldn't go was St Croix be cause it was first week of hurricane season .
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Old 06-08-2017, 04:29 PM   #27
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Well, it's here. looking forward to next week to a nice relax cruise on the Gulf ICW. Heading for Chitwood in the morning. Have a Captain for the first day to be safe and get familiar with the area. Apprehensive with the weather forecast but still Looking forward to a great time.

Thanks all for great advise

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Well, it's here. looking forward to next week to a nice relax cruise on the Gulf ICW. Heading for Chitwood in the morning. Have a Captain for the first day to be safe and get familiar with the area. Apprehensive with the weather forecast but still Looking forward to a great time.

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That's a great area! Have fun!
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Enjoy your trip, I love Pelican Bay and the state park! It's almost the Keys. Don't anchor too close the mangroves, lots of mosquitoes at dusk unless it's raining. If you go north Bradenton Beach and Cortez is very nice. SeaFood Shack has docks if need good restaurants close by, need a cab for a real store
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Well, it's here. looking forward to next week to a nice relax cruise on the Gulf ICW. Heading for Chitwood in the morning. Have a Captain for the first day to be safe and get familiar with the area. Apprehensive with the weather forecast but still Looking forward to a great time.

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You will have a great time. It brings me pleasure to know there are charter companies on the coast that I can recommend without hesitancy. Such a great way to get started.
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Old 06-13-2017, 08:57 AM   #32
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There is a nice vessel docked behind a home on Bird Key directly across from Marina Jack that may be available at a good price, once they raise her and pump her out. Looks like a 60' with a nice fly bridge that stayed above water.
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Old 06-14-2017, 10:38 PM   #33
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You mean this beauty? (Hope I did the picture thing correctly) this is a serious bummer for someone.

These were taken a few weeks ago. Looked from across the way at MJ like she might be refloated now?
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