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Old 01-08-2016, 09:01 PM   #141
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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.
That's great-always nice when everything fits and works as envisioned. Any updates on the voyage? Got Relenti back in the water-haven't taken her out to check prop yet-too much happening around here-weather, holidays, hunting. She sure looks better, though. I know she is going to fly with the reconditioned prop and new bottom job.LOL
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Old 01-09-2016, 07:14 AM   #142
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Well, we finally left Crystal River on Thursday afternoon. The easterlies have been blowing the water out of the bay, making a high tide departure essential. We anchored out in the bay about 5 miles offshore in 10 ft of water, in 5 kt winds and a good forecast. By 20:00 we were registering 28 kts and got our butts kicked. The cruise down to Tarpon Springs was in 2-3 ft swells on the nose so was enjoyable and uneventful. We are at the very end of the river at Turtle Cove marina, where we have booked for a week. First impressions are pretty good on both the Marina and the town. We may be 'stuck' here for a while


I managed to pick up a crab trap, or at least the rope and float. No vibration or rpm change/rise in temperature and only found out when I hit reverse to back into our slip and the float popped out. I think it may have been hung on the rudder or prop shaft strut as I had no idea it was under there. I guess I will be getting wet today when I check it ut. I also want to check the entrance to our slip in case I left the trap there and sure don't want to pick it up again as I leave, or another boater run into it.


Pictures to follow as we do some exploring. Today will probably be a maintenance day as rain is expected. Doug, be sure to let us know how your 'sea trial' goes.


A belated Happy New Year to all!
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:07 PM   #143
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Tarpon Springs is a great stop, lots of good bakeries and restaurants. One of the few places on the Gulf where one can get Octopus, it is really good, either marinated or charbroiled.
Sounds like a great trip!
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Old 01-10-2016, 02:29 PM   #144
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Those Octopuses on the gulf side are like chewing latex rubber!! Of course maybe I just haven't found someone that knows hw to prepare it.
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Octopus can be tough they have to be tenderized by pounding or boiled a certain way, but the folks (Greeks) in Tarpon Springs have it down pat.
My friends in Argentina tell me you have to put a cork in the boiling water, no joking!
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Octopus can be tough they have to be tenderized by pounding or boiled a certain way, but the folks (Greeks) in Tarpon Springs have it down pat.
My friends in Argentina tell me you have to put a cork in the boiling water, no joking!
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:46 PM   #147
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Wifey B: I don't care to eat anything with eight hands....
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:17 PM   #148
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A picture from Capt'n Jacks and some of the crab trap line removed from the prop shaft.
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Old 01-11-2016, 12:25 PM   #149
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Blue did you have any sort of line cutter on the shaft?
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No sir. I did put one on the Rhino and will plan on putting a couple on Baobab, even though I have heard mixed results (when the water is a tad warmer!)
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:47 PM   #151
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How about an update-Have you gotten any closer to the Bahamas?
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LOL no....waiting to do a haul out here before we go any further. It's kinda hard to move now that we have VIP membership to most of the taverns and as you know, you have to earn those things
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:12 PM   #153
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Blue & Michelle, you all know how to cruise!!
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Old 03-23-2016, 06:56 AM   #154
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LOL no....waiting to do a haul out here before we go any further. It's kinda hard to move now that we have VIP membership to most of the taverns and as you know, you have to earn those things
Taverns???? I can't believe you found one or two or 10!! Was it time for the haul out??
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Well the old girl is on the hard. Just It just took 5 months in Florida to get this growth. The bottom looks fine but the running gear (basically all the metal parts) which also had antifoul done at the same time, is pretty rough. Good yard that will let you do as much work as you want or are full service if you prefer. She should splash again later today.

Had the spare props balanced in Tampa for about a gazillion dollars but hey, we are good to go.
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Aren't props the prettiest things when they first come back from the shop ?
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Lookin GOOD............hope you two have LOTS more fun down in the sun! Best wishes from up here in the world!
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Thanks Kevin. This morning the Admiral, team leader and group commander, announced that she is ready to head back to Texas. I will wait a few days to see if that changes. If not, get the coffee pot ready!
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Thanks Kevin. This morning the Admiral, team leader and group commander, announced that she is ready to head back to Texas. I will wait a few days to see if that changes. If not, get the coffee pot ready!

I thought the plan was to head for the Bahamas?
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That was what I thought but I am not in charge lol.
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