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Old 03-26-2013, 08:17 AM   #21
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3.5 months, 4000 nm. Everett WA to Glacier Bay and back, with many detours, loops etc along the way. Would love to do longer, but the weather up north gets a bit uncooperative for our small boat, so we just keep doing it over again.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:43 AM   #22
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My boat came from Boston. It made the trip up the coast from Panama. This was in 1972 and all they had onboard was a hand pump bilge pump, a VHF and a compass. It was a five man delivery crew. I still have the logs of that trip.

They did the smart thing. when you look at currents in the ocean the general main current north of the equator is clockwise. This puts a current from Alaska down the coast of CA and farther south past Baja as you know. It causes the famous Baja Bash.

They simply went over 50 miles off the coast and didn't have to deal with it.

Imagine that.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:56 AM   #23
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #24
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Go north young man and mingle w some real boaters .. fishermen.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:21 AM   #25
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Go north young man and mingle w some real boaters .. fishermen.
I would like to take my boat north and meet other trawler people. I'm in the land of sportfishers and sailboats. It's either full throttle or too laid back.

I'd probably have to install a better heater though. My reverse cycle AC probably won't work in those cold waters.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #26
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Canadian Island about 150 miles! The Eagle was just warming up, and I was white knuckled. We have plan to head North to Alaska/Canda but first I have to be pulled/whined from the dock!

Funny story - I have not told one for quite a while

The first time we sub rented on the Everett Commercial dock, one of the first time we went out on to the Puget Sound, a group of commercial fishing guys helped us dock. I was so excited/glad to be back tied to a dock again I said, "I am glad that long cruise is over with?” They inquired where are you from, being the Eagle capability is almost equal to their commercial trawler. I exclaimed proudly, SEATTLE? They all burst out laughing at me! So that was my introduction to the commercial dock and every time we go out they inquire “You going on another one of your long cruise?”
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two week sail from San Francisco to Hawaii. On the trawler, eight hour passage from SF bay to the delta a few times. Max time away from the dock on the trawler about a week of anchoring out on the delta. hope to do some real cruising on the trawler after retirement but that is several years in the future.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:22 PM   #28
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I'd probably have to install a better heater though. My reverse cycle AC probably won't work in those cold waters.
Our boat spent its whole life in California until we liberated it in 1998. So it has no built-in heat at all. Someday we hope to have a proper diesel heater installed (there is no available pace to put a bulkhead-mount diesel or propane Dickenson-type heater) but so far (14 years) we have done okay with a Buddy portable propane heater from Mr. Heater. Has several drawbacks and I would never recommend it as an ideal way to heat a boat. But better this than not going out in the winter which as far as we're concerned is, along with fall and early spring, the absolute best boating season up here.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:08 PM   #29
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Sanford - St Johns River. Whoa. I'm reading this later today (more text than I can absorb in my hectic day). I spent my boyhood summers near Crescent Lake. Bass Capital of the World.
It's on our list especially since the St John's is within a days cruise for us.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #30
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It's on our list especially since the St John's is within a days cruise for us.
Take your time and enjoy the sights. I came home with over 500 photos.

If it fits your schedule, stop in here:

The Marina at Ortega Landing & River Homes - Jacksonville Area Information

We were going to stay a couple days when the manager informed us that for the cost of three days we could have the weekly rate (seven days). Not only that, you can split the seven days so we stayed four on the way down and three on the way back. You can walk to Publix and West Marine and several other stores. Laundry was free.

And when you get to Sanford, be sure and try the German restaurant.
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Take your time and enjoy the sights. I came home with over 500 photos.

If it fits your schedule, stop in here:

The Marina at Ortega Landing & River Homes - Jacksonville Area Information

We were going to stay a couple days when the manager informed us that for the cost of three days we could have the weekly rate (seven days). Not only that, you can split the seven days so we stayed four on the way down and three on the way back. You can walk to Publix and West Marine and several other stores. Laundry was free.

And when you get to Sanford, be sure and try the German restaurant.
It takes us about 45 minutes to drive to Sanford & 3 days by boat.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:59 PM   #32
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It takes us about 45 minutes to drive to Sanford & 3 days by boat.
If I could drive to that German restaurant in 45 minutes, I would weigh a ton by now. Have you tried it?
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:34 PM   #33
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German restaurant in Sanford FL

Rwidman the name of the “german restaurant” just off the waterfront in Sanford is Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe. I’ve been there 2 or 3 times during our two St. Johns cruises.

They have a website.

I’m also about 45 mins. by car, but have never had the urge to drive over.

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If I could drive to that German restaurant in 45 minutes, I would weigh a ton by now. Have you tried it?
Heard about it, just never went. We don't normally hang out in Sanford as we are along the coast.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:25 PM   #36
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:37 PM   #37
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I've made several round trips from The Quad Cities IA/IL (I-80 & The Miss. River) to Minneapolis MN and Stillwater (the St. Croix River) MN. About 750 miles round trip. One circle of Lake Michigan. Morris IL on the Illinois river to Chicago. to Door County WI, to The Manitou Islands MI, then south along the western Mich. coast, to Indiana, and back to Morris IL. About 1000 miles round trip. Also a one way trip from Nashville TN on the Cumberland River to Kentucky Lake at the Tenn/Kentucky border, then back down the Tennessee and Cumberland to the Ohio River to the Miss. then Upriver to home in the Quad Cities. That trip was about 850 miles, but it much further considering that 500 miles or so was bucking a 6 to 10 mph current on the flooding Miss.
I can't wait to get back to big water. But it won't be this year.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:12 PM   #38
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Our farthest boat adventure was from Spartanburg, SC to Homer Alaska and back - over 14,000 miles...most of which were of course on the road, but our 18' boat was home whether it was on the trailer or on the water.


Lesser adventures included a trip to Powell where we met up with Richard Cook, his wife Cindy and 4 legged crew - Scrappy.

Nicky and New Moon tucked away in a comfy Powell anchorage.


Our longest boat adventure was 3 years living aboard our Bristol 27, during which time we spent over 1,000 nights on the hook - at home port Beaufort NC while working during hurricane seasons, then while on the move the rest of the year.


(Our live aboard years were without running water or refrigeration or generator).
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:54 PM   #39
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Those are great trips, Jeff. I always wanted to go to Lake Powell. I also lived aboard a 30' powerboat without refrigeration or generator. I did have a small 20 gallon fresh water system.

Those days were great.
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