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Old 03-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #81
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....and there is a seaplane dock here in the marina that Kenmore frequents along with private planes...
Great! Kenmore is right across the lake from Kirkland where I visit my daughter.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:20 AM   #82
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I was down at the boat checking and securing, just in case Cyclone Sandra decides to do a loop and come back towards us, so while there took these pics of my marina, or home port, if you like. Horizon Shores Marina, Woongoolba, near the Gold Coast, and 20 mins south of where I live.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:27 AM   #83
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Ok, my pics are too big for more than one at a time it appears. The above is the first part one enters, called Northhaven, taken from the restaurant looking back across to the main maintenance sheds. Below is where my boat is called Westhaven, looking past my finger back towards the travel lift and the dry stack sheds, the nearest one still being repaired after the massive fire we had there recently.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #84
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Buck's Harbor, Penobscot Bay, Maine. A gorgeous and interesting place to boat (for 5 months a year at least). No marina. Just swing to the wind on a mooring, which is the way we like it. The area of the Maine coast, including adjoining bays and their multitude of islands, is a cruising mecca for boats of all stripes and sizes.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #85
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Marin wrote;

"The weather in SE Alaska is more or less what it is in Washington and BC albeit a little colder and even wetter. So it's pretty easy to keep a boat in the water year round there."

Re the difference in SE AK weather and W WA weather measured in degrees is rather small but the effects are large. The difference in water at 31 deg and 33 degrees is WAY different. Howling winds of over 40 knots are common in SE but very uncommon in WA. There's lots and lots of time when it isn't raining in both places but the ice and snow and wind make the very considerable difference. What Marin said is exactly what I told my wife Christine just before we moved north and I was tell'in myself the same thing. I'd obviously forgotten some of my previous years in SE.

Here's a nice winter day in Thorne Bay SE AK.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #86
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Buck's Harbor, Penobscot Bay, Maine. A gorgeous and interesting place to boat (for 5 months a year at least). No marina. Just swing to the wind on a mooring, which is the way we like it. The area of the Maine coast, including adjoining bays and their multitude of islands, is a cruising mecca for boats of all stripes and sizes.
dw - You're cruising over the ashes of both my mom and dad. When a dolphin waves - wave back... that's my mom, she's cool!

Dad's now a dolphin too, but too grumpy to wave!!
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Howling winds of over 40 knots are common in SE but very uncommon in WA.
Keep a boat in Bellingham and you soon learn that 40 knot frontal winds in the winter are more the norm than the exception. Don't know what it's like farther south in the Sound since our boat refuses to go there.
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dw - You're cruising over the ashes of both my mom and dad. When a dolphin waves - wave back... that's my mom, she's cool!

Dad's now a dolphin too, but too grumpy to wave!!
Will do.

At least with the porpoises (dolphins not local).

My ashes, soaked in a fine Bourbon, will someday join them should my directives as to my final disposal be observed.
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My ashes, soaked in a fine Bourbon, will someday join them should my directives as to my final disposal be observed.
Such a shame when good Tennessee sour mash whiskey would do a better job. You may even want to do a little presoak.
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We are in Merritt Island Fl. This is the east coast,near KSC and Port Canmaveral. Great spot, easy access to ICW, the Banana River, and the Ocean. Good cruseing to the North up to St. Augistine and to the South all the way to key West. We keep our boat in a great marnia called harbortown of merritt Island. Full service facility,great boaters, great service,pool and resruant on the grounds. The marinia is off the Barge Canal, providing great protection in the form of a hurricane hole.
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You may even want to do a little presoak
In progess.
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Very nice boat and what a nice size.
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Eric, Thanks. She is a perfect size. Comfortable and economical, she fits our needs perfectly.

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Eric, Thanks. She is a perfect size. Comfortable and economical, she fits our needs perfectly.

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Will do.

At least with the porpoises (dolphins not local).

My ashes, soaked in a fine Bourbon, will someday join them should my directives as to my final disposal be observed.
David - Realized my Porpoise/Dolphin error while driving to grandson's BB championship game today. Figured you'd mention!
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Sharppractice,
You've got a beautiful boat ... a real gem.
I also like the Lady Hamilton (except that blue deck).
Be sure to share w us some British yachting/boating lore and general boating stuff that's unique to Britain .... especially photo's.
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Manyboats,
thanks.. We are lucky Ocean village is at the head of the solent so the Hamble river , Beaulieu , Cowes etc are very close. We are going to move to Shamrock Quay .Just a bit up the river (named after the sailing "J" Boat Shamrock made there.) for the summer as all a bit more relaxed . Shamrock marina is the UK head office for Fleming yachts so we have good company and much "boatporn" as my missis calls it moored there.
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Our 'official' port is Kingston, Ontario, Canada but we keep "Delia Rosa" at Lake Breeze Marina at Point Breeze in New York State. It is a great spot as we are just at the mouth of the Oak Orchard River which provides several miles of winding water to kayak in and we are only a couple of minutes away from cruising on Lake Ontario.
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We just moved to a new (to us) marina in Oriental NC, Pecan Grove. Here are some pictures from our first days!! Oriental is on the ICW right off the Pamlico Sound on the Neuse River. We have many many awesome anchorages and great destinations like Cape Lookout, Ocracoke, Beaufort and Morehead City NC. We'd rather be in the Bahamas for sure, but this doesn't suck too much!

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