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Old 12-14-2015, 07:09 PM   #121
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Crystal River....which we are enjoying immensely!
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:18 PM   #122
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Greetings,
Mr. 2. WOW! That first pic' is Xmas card material!
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:32 PM   #123
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:53 PM   #124
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Wifey B: The first picture is an eat your heart out suckers kind of picture of paradise. Putting it on a Christmas card is cruel and inhumane and a very cool idea. That picture just like captures the life, captures the dream. I feel guilty sometimes to be in bikini weather and enjoying the palm trees while my friends and former co-workers are freezing and shivering, but not for long.
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:24 AM   #125
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Well we have decided to stay another week in Crystal River. Plan is to then go to Caladesi State Park for a couple nights. From there I get a little confused as to where to go. I see St Petersburg Marina has a mooring field and is centrally located, but no beaches. Any suggestions folks as we wander down to the Keys??
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:58 AM   #126
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We've chartered out of St. Petersburg a couple times, but my knowledge of the area is very limited. We loved St. Petersburg. It's a beautiful city with the usual amenities (good restaurants, museums, shopping, parks) if you're looking for a change of pace after being in the "boonies."

We enjoyed anchoring off Gulfport on Boca Ciega Bay in the St. Pete area. Gulfport has a lot to offer as well (restaurants, small grocery). It even has a public beach/park with picnic areas, though it's not on the Gulf. It has a nice protected anchorage and dinghy dock.

We also spent a couple nights anchored off Fort Desoto Park on the south side of Tampa Bay near Bradenton. It's a good anchorage, and the park has a nice little walking trail, but there isn't much else there. It's also exposed to all the traffic running in and out of the Manatee River. Personally, I'd pass it by and head further south to the Longboat Key/Sarasota area.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:16 AM   #127
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Thanks Mr Jim, Gulfport does look interesting!
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Old 12-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #128
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We have always enjoyed St Petersburg. Clearwater Marina is right across from the beach.
Marina Jack in Sarasota is nice too. Englewood Beach has anchiiring or Chadwick Cove marina right across the street form the beach.
I thought about you all this morning. I saw special news report on the New Orleans local channel. Last night Walmart in N.O. stocked the freezers with BLUE BELL ice cream.
Blue Bell returns Monday to Louisiana markets
If you want to leave the boat and fly up for a couple of gallons let me know I'll pick you up at the airport!
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Old 12-21-2015, 11:03 PM   #129
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I second Clearwater Beach City Marina for a good beach location. You will be going through Boca Ciega Bay and by Gulfport on the way South. I think the St. Pete Municipal Marina is worth several days. The location can't be beat for activities around town. Drug Stores, West Marine, and grocery shopping are an easy walk. Plenty of Restaurants. I could stay a season there.

You are now on what I call the cruising coast. Enjoy.
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Awesome pics Blue! At the moment, we're living vicariously thru you.....so keep it up!
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:02 AM   #131
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Blue: We really hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas...........even though you had to change your plans..............so to speak. Boating can be soooooooooooo unpredictable, but isn't that part of the fun? Again, Merry Christmas from the crew of In Disguise...........and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:22 AM   #132
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Thanks Kevin and the same to you guys. We are still in Crystal River but plan on leaving this week for Caladesi State park. It's great to have no agenda. We thought we would be here a week and it will be almost a month when we leave. Life is good!!
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Thanks Kevin and the same to you guys. We are still in Crystal River but plan on leaving this week for Caladesi State park. It's great to have no agenda. We thought we would be here a week and it will be almost a month when we leave. Life is good!!
Also great to find some places you really like, many of which one has no idea what to expect. Cruising is filled with pleasant surprises.
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Old 12-27-2015, 01:52 PM   #134
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Well the DMA (daily milage average) is rapidly declining. Let us know when your underway again-Oh, and a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:09 PM   #135
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Thanks Doug! Same back at ya. We are not snow birds but snow turtles LOL. Living every single day. The new dinghy has made it all so much more enjoyable.
Texas seems a long, long way away.... This unseasonably warm weather is also a bonus!
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Old 12-27-2015, 02:17 PM   #136
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Thanks Doug! Same back at ya. We are not snow birds but snow turtles LOL. Living every single day. The new dinghy has made it all so much more enjoyable.
Texas seems a long, long way away.... This unseasonably warm weather is also a bonus!
We enjoy our RIB's so much. Just exploring things closer and seeing what is around.
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:10 PM   #137
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Merry Christmas to you and Michelle!!!
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:31 AM   #138
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Thanks John, to you and yours too!
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you must have got your crane arm extension. How did it work out?
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:06 PM   #140
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Hi Doug, the crane extension was Fedexed to me in Destin and I installed it the same day. It worked exactly as designed and I can launch and retrieve the new dinghy by myself now without pulling/pushing it into place. Powder coated aluminum.....perfect.
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