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Old 10-06-2015, 03:47 PM   #21
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LOL, I just don't know where to start

But to get out of the Keys alive is an accomplishment all by itself. Large quantities of adult beverages to get over the keysdisease will help.



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After hanging around the Keys for almost four years now it is time for a break. We will leave Wednesday or Thursday. .
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:27 PM   #22
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Drake pretty much covered the marina situation.

I would say give blue dolphine a day or two to see if it will work for you. Im in a covered slip and I hear traffic when I am on my flybridge but I dont hear anything when I am inside the boat with the A/c running. Chances are that will be the same for the uncovered ones too. And at $250/mo. its worth a roll of the dice.

Thanks for the parts list, it will be very appreciated in a couple of months. Im still in a demolition mode. See what I found this weekend? Yippee... LOL

Portion of the steering lines that were hidden.


A bit too much corrosion for my tastes...


But at least I found a wrench I can use when I repack the rudder.
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Old 10-06-2015, 06:42 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone for the input. We will take our time to find a place we are happy with. What Barnacles looks like you are going to have fun.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:34 PM   #24
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I just left Clear Lake last week headed in your direction. Our marina was Waterford Harbor. Great amenities and maybe the only marina w/ a free pumpout. Also no contract, month to month. About $350 for a 35'.

I am supposed to be in Clearwater Beach about the 10th of November, would enjoy a get together somewhere along the way if it works for you.

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Old 10-07-2015, 07:26 AM   #25
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I just left Clear Lake last week headed in your direction. Our marina was Waterford Harbor. Great amenities and maybe the only marina w/ a free pumpout. Also no contract, month to month. About $350 for a 35'.

I am supposed to be in Clearwater Beach about the 10th of November, would enjoy a get together somewhere along the way if it works for you.

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Sounds good we would enjoy that. In my signature is a link to our blog. At the top of the blog is a link to our "spot page'" which shows where we are. Keep in touch and let us know when we get close to each other. I will send you a pm with my contact info.

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Old 10-07-2015, 10:41 PM   #26
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Sounds like a good trip. We are in pass Christian ms now where we call home. We bought our boat in Kemah tx. Watergate marina to be exact. It was a very nice spot. Very nice people. We bought the boat and kept it there for months. I have a brother that lives in Kemah.
Anyways yall have a great trip and a safe one, if you need a break you can stop in at the pass harbor. They will rent a spot for like 25$ a night and a great place to eat in the harbor.
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That would be Shaggy's. A great funky place with a spectacular view. And with Cruising the Coast happening now- you'll probably see some of the finest iron in America cruising through!


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Old 10-08-2015, 07:35 AM   #28
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Look at the warf and constalltion point both have low cost slips don't know of any moorings in the area.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We are anchored in Pine Island sound (Fort Meyers) tonight. Ran 64 nm yesterday and 76 today. Another two days and we will be in Dunedin and take a good break. We only run at 1500 rpms which averages 6 knots so it has been two long but great days. Absolutely perfect trawler weather. Very light winds and smooth seas. I will post some pics when we stop to rest.
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Before you leave Pine Island Sound, go ashore at Cabbage Key for one of their cheeseburgers - one of life's small but memorable pleasures.
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I moved from Chicago to Arizona for college in the mid 70s. Whataburger and Jack in the Box Tacos were new to me and got me through college. Well, that and alcohol and sex....also new to me back then, but that's another story!
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Before you leave Pine Island Sound, go ashore at Cabbage Key for one of their cheeseburgers - one of life's small but memorable pleasures.

I'll 2nd that!
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We are anchored in Pine Island sound (Fort Meyers) tonight. Ran 64 nm yesterday and 76 today. Another two days and we will be in Dunedin and take a good break. We only run at 1500 rpms which averages 6 knots so it has been two long but great days. Absolutely perfect trawler weather. Very light winds and smooth seas. I will post some pics when we stop to rest.
Why are you rushing through all those good cruising areas?
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Old 10-11-2015, 10:56 AM   #35
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Why are you rushing through all those good cruising areas?
Capt.Bill, I guess because we have done it before and we are just anxious to get going, plus we had perfect weather to run on the outside all the way up to Clearwater.

It was a beautiful four day run.
Day 1 58 nm and anchored offshore near Wood Key.
Day 2 82 nm and anchored in Pine Island Sound.
Day 3 61 nm and anchored offshore near Sarasota.
Day 4 51 nm and anchored near Dunedin municipal marina.

Total of 252 nm. From the best I can tell we have used between 55 and 58 gallons of diesel.

It was so nice to run the outside and skip all the bridges and traffic. When we went south we did the ICW almost all the way. It was very relaxing this trip. The only stressful time was entering Clearwater pass. The tide was going out and the wind was blowing in. The water was very rough and I had to fight it pretty good for a while.

As for the cheeseburgers at Cabbage Key we will have to try that next time. It was early when we went past, not lunch time. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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Mike- those are great shots. What is the structure above your davits? It looks well thought out...


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Mike- those are great shots. What is the structure above your davits? It looks well thought out...


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Leaving the Keys, Headed for Houston

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Be on the lookout for Cat Daddy too. Rumor is that he's hidden out at Gulfport Small Craft Harbor after an outside run around the "toes" of Louisiana in his capable ship and is heading east today .

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Old 10-12-2015, 11:41 AM   #39
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If you are trying to avoid the touristy spots since you are tired of them, it is a real mistake to spend time in the Destin area. Don't get me wrong, it's nice there and the water is beautiful, but more developed and crowded than the keys at this point.

My very strong recommendation is to come in at East pass and spend some time in Carrabelle (Fisherman's Wife has a great burger and even better fish) and Apalachicola. Apalach in particular has more to offer the cruising boater than Destin.

Port St. Joe is also great and Pensacola is cool.

PC to Destin is just OK. Unless you like outlet malls. Destin area is king of those.
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Dougcole wrote: "come in at East pass and spend some time in Carrabelle (Fisherman's Wife has a great burger and even better fish) and Apalachicola. Apalach in particular has more to offer the cruising boater than Destin. Port St. Joe is also great and Pensacola is cool. PC to Destin is just OK."

Strongly second all of that, especially regarding Apalachicola. You could spend a week just eating (and drinking) your way through that town, getting glimpses of a still relatively authentic old Florida fishing village. Recommendation: the Seafood Grill, a plain-looking little storefront at the corner of Market St. & Avenue E. Best fried shrimp ever.

At least this time of year (after Labor Day), the panhandle resort communities like Panama City Beach and Destin are temporarily back in the hands of the locals. So what's there that's good, like the Acme Oyster House in Sandestin, you can enjoy in comparative peace. October is a nice time to transit the Florida panhandle.
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