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Old 06-21-2016, 04:15 PM   #161
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Always love your attitude. Did you hit DC earlier in the trip? Just curious based on the Smithsonian reference (and we live in the city). My brother and his family come in this weekend. They don't want to go out on the boat, but do want to see some museums. Living here, we tend to take all the city has to offer for granted - about the only time we go to the museums is when we have friends in town.
Wifey B: No, we haven't hit DC since 2014. Time for a return trip. Maybe 2017. And only go there by water. Places like the Smithsonian we love and we give them half day visits so there's always more to return to see. It was cool going up the Potomac. We just zoomed up the coast this trip, just to get a start from NYC. Fort Lauderdale to NYC 8 days.

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Old 06-21-2016, 04:22 PM   #162
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B&B - I think you will be very surprised next time you make it to DC. If you stayed at or near the Gangplank Marina, the entire area is undergoing a major construction project. We are finally getting our waterfront back! You should also catch a Nats game if you make it here. We'd be happy to provide suggestions and or take you around should you make it here in 2017. We won't be going anywhere for a while.
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:04 PM   #163
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B&B - I think you will be very surprised next time you make it to DC. If you stayed at or near the Gangplank Marina, the entire area is undergoing a major construction project. We are finally getting our waterfront back! You should also catch a Nats game if you make it here. We'd be happy to provide suggestions and or take you around should you make it here in 2017. We won't be going anywhere for a while.
Wifey B: We caught a Blue Jays game this trip. Got to see the notorious hotel in Rogers Centre where shortly after it opened a couple made it on television having sex in their room. Apparently some hotel guests didn't grasp that if they could see the game, the game could see them. They are more firmly advised now. The Wharf should be beeeeeuuuuutiful when finished.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:20 PM   #164
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:29 PM   #165
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July 4th weekend in Biloxi. Plenty of activities for the family with good fireworks from casinos and later individuals along the beach area. Boat docked 30' from beach! BBQ late afternoon.
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Old 06-25-2016, 03:26 PM   #166
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:04 PM   #167
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Hate to admit it but first cruise of the summer will be the fireworks. heading out thurs.
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CJ is avoiding the crazies on 4th, but then out for some fun. Up to Homosassa for scalloping on the 5th then a night in Caladesi State Park. Then nights in Gulfport, Bradenton Beach and Sarasota. Little mini cruise. If anyone is going to be out in the area the weekend after the 4th, let me know, we'd love to meet up.
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Departed Cleveland yesterday with a load of salt for South Chicago. Be jealous.
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Four-day trip to Catalina with my son in about four weeks. We plan to go to Cat Harbor (it's on the "back side" of the island). We'll be meeting up with a bunch of friends from yacht clubs up and down the SoCal coast.
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The boat I was talking about above....this thing is WAY over the top...but cool as hell.
That is one cool looking boat John. I wonder if they'll ever bring her over here to compete in the offshore series..? That boat I would go to see.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:18 PM   #173
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Wifey B: Went to Miami Beach for lunch. Yes, by boat. Haven't gotten in a car since we arrived home on Friday. Probably will tomorrow. Yesterday went to play tennis by boat. Lunch is so much better when you go there by water.

You'd think after nearly 2 months on a boat, we fly home, we'd be able to go a while without being on one. We're sick. We admit it. Our cars sure are low mileage though.
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Departed Cleveland yesterday with a load of salt for South Chicago. Be jealous.


That's a cool video, Dave. 630 ft is a looong boat!

Hats off to you. What a cool job! (Sorry it involves travel to and from the mistake by the lake.)
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:57 PM   #175
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That's a cool video, Dave. 630 ft is a looong boat!

Hats off to you. What a cool job! (Sorry it involves travel to and from the mistake by the lake.)
Y'know what... I'm gonna go ahead and say it... I kinda like Cleveland. I'm not sure why, but I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the city. I've had a lot of fun there over the years. Plus it's about as close to home as I ever do crew changes, so I kinda think of it as my home port.
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Y'know what... I'm gonna go ahead and say it... I kinda like Cleveland. I'm not sure why, but I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the city. I've had a lot of fun there over the years. Plus it's about as close to home as I ever do crew changes, so I kinda think of it as my home port.
Wifey B: We joke about it and I definitely wouldn't like the cold winters but we enjoyed what we saw and next time through we'll return. I loved the excitement over the Cavaliers. We've liked every town and city we've been to. They all have good and bad, but people much the same. You find the good and focus on that.
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Yeah, it's easy for a left-coasty like me to bash Cleveland. I used to go there on business, found the weather bad and the people good. Liked it better than Detroit for some reason. No burned out houses I guess.

OT: Just back from an a 3 day out and back to Port Townsend, one of my fav haunts. Went there to watch the start of the R2AK: Race to Alaska. No-motor vessels racing from Port T to Ketchican, AK. First prize: $10K. 2nd prize: a set of steak knives. A lot of well-prepped cats and trimarans, some real sketchy home builts. My ride went well, but had to change a fuel filter, not surprised. At least it didn't clog in Deception Pass! Will be cleaning up the fuel side situation before next trip.

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That's a cool video, Dave. 630 ft is a looong boat!



Hats off to you. What a cool job! (Sorry it involves travel to and from the mistake by the lake.)

Holy sh$t. Those were some narrow looking channels you were navigating that 630 ship through. Probably a dumb question, but do big ships have thrusters on the bow or stern?
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Holy sh$t. Those were some narrow looking channels you were navigating that 630 ship through. Probably a dumb question, but do big ships have thrusters on the bow or stern?
Yeah, there are definitely some skinny channels around here. Cleveland is one of the skinnier ones, and as you can see, not a straight shot in the whole damn river. Fun Fact: Cuyahoga is thought to be derived from the Mohawk Indian word for 'crooked.'

As far as thrusters go, just about all Great Lakes vessels have at least a bow thruster. Some of the nicer ones have stern thrusters as well. It's not as prevalent in the ocean going ships that come here. They still use tugs a lot more than we do. Not a dumb question at all!
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