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Old 03-18-2017, 10:30 AM   #1
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Leaving Key West for Knoxville

I'm looking at windfinder to find the best day to cross the gulf to Ft. Myers. It's looking like Wednesday will be the best. I will keep an eye on the site for changes but it looks good here and in Ft. Myers. I may hit a little wind if I get in to late. I also have to watch the tide in Ft. Myers beach as it moves in an out with a strong current. There is a great diesel station in there. I get a good price there with cash. A lot of places give good cash discounts or some will give you a nights stay if you buy more then a hundred gallons.

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Old 03-18-2017, 10:33 AM   #2
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How Many kids get to rub the belly of a manatee
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:33 PM   #3
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How Many kids get to rub the belly of a manatee
I have 3 of them that have, but then we live here.

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Old 03-19-2017, 07:07 AM   #4
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Checking Marv's weather forecast:


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Wednesday looks best going from Key West to Ft Myers Beach.


Enjoy and hope to see you in Tennessee this summer.


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There's a commercial fuel dock next to Ft. Myers beach mooring field.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:44 PM   #6
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Yes I always stop at that fuel dock. He has the best price if you have cash. He also lets me tie off after 5 for $15.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:46 PM   #7
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I have 3 of them that have, but then we live here.

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Looks like an awful big kid trying to touch him
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:48 PM   #8
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Wow your grandkids get milk with their cereal. I'm broke as a bag a glass we have to eat ours dry.
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Old 03-24-2017, 05:23 PM   #9
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We traveled 190 miles across the gulf from key west Florida to punta gorda Florida. I tried to avoid the crab pots. It was a great day.
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Wish I could show you my video.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:17 PM   #10
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Left Clearwater and made it to Carrabelle Fl today. We're sitting at a fuel dock waiting for them to open at 7.

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Another great crossing. It got a little ruff at the end. I couldn't wait to get rinsed off.
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Wednesday we left Dog Island at Carrabelle at 7:15 am with fog and light chop. The fog burned off within a couple of hours. Our destination was The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach. During the 218 mile crossing we experienced 3 periods of wave activity. By 1:00 the light chop increased to 2 ft waves. While coming through the Panama City inlet, the wave activity increased to 6 footers. The challenge was to steer into the waves while maintaining the boat's route and keeping the boat upright and passengers safe.

Our 12 hr. day concluded with a ride on a ferries wheel and dinner before well earned rest for all.
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Yesterday was windy so our decision was to remain tied up at The Wharf. David changed fuel filters and a couple other routine maintenance tasks. Much of the day was spent watching weather forecasts and discussing possible alternatives for travel.

Travel advisors, Brian and Ken, weighed in with suggestions where we might wait out the weather predicted for the weekend. We dined out, did a little shopping, and retired early in preparation for an early departure Friday.
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Today we're crossing Mobile bay.
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Wednesday we left Dog Island at Carrabelle at 7:15 am with fog and light chop. The fog burned off within a couple of hours. Our destination was The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach. During the 218 mile crossing we experienced 3 periods of wave activity. By 1:00 the light chop increased to 2 ft waves. While coming through the Panama City inlet, the wave activity increased to 6 footers. The challenge was to steer into the waves while maintaining the boat's route and keeping the boat upright and passengers safe.

Our 12 hr. day concluded with a ride on a ferries wheel and dinner before well earned rest for all.
Wifey B: I had to laugh as 6 foot waves weren't enough for you guys so you got on this giant 30 or 40' wave thing that goes round and round.
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How many days from Key West to Mobile bay? Average speed?
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The pics are great! Do you have a drone for the ariel?
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It was great to meet you today at Dog River. Please keep us posted on your trip upriver since we'll be a couple of weeks behind you. When we get to Tellico Lake we'll look you up.

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