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Old 04-01-2018, 04:49 AM   #21
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No, we didnít. Wasnít about to even try to make a claim on such a new to us boat and policy.
Understand. When I hit the rock. I thought it was such a stupid mistake, it never even occurred to me to make insurance claim.

Later, when I thought about it, I decided that my insurance was so expensive as is, I didn't want to do anything to increase it, as a 10% rise, would pay for the rock damage in one year.
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Understand. When I hit the rock. I thought it was such a stupid mistake, it never even occurred to me to make insurance claim.

Later, when I thought about it, I decided that my insurance was so expensive as is, I didn't want to do anything to increase it, as a 10% rise, would pay for the rock damage in one year.
That was also our thinking. Iím not even sure what our deductible is but this ended up costing a little over $2k so that definitely wasnít worth making a claim for. Had the damage been more extensive and costly, it might have been tempting to think about but still probably wouldnít have done it. The policy wasnít even two weeks old! Lol
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:35 AM   #23
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Looks like it's a perfect day for the crossing. Have a pleasant trip!
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Looks like it's a perfect day for the crossing. Have a pleasant trip!


A couple of things -

In my experience, thatís cheap for two props! Iíve had to redo my props three times in 4 years. Using metal to find out how deep the water is can get expensive.

When you leave Tarpon, go all the way out of the channel to the last marker before turning north. Then stick to the eastern side of the red markers after you turn north until you clear the northernmost sandbar Island.


High tide in Tarpon is at 1:59 this afternoon. Dead low tide is in just a few minutes (8:14am).

Get the Navionics app for your phone and pay the $6/ year fee. Itís worth it!
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Old 04-01-2018, 07:25 AM   #25
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We had such a nice day today. We met two fabulous couples here.
One of the best parts of boating - meeting other boaters.

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We are leaving out in the morning.
And Menzies...I still donít know when high tide is. Hereís what I know, it was pretty low when we left the island this evening. As of right now, itís come up a good bit. I judge by where and how I can get on and off my boat.
Download an app called "Tides Near Me" and allow it to see your location.

Safe sailing.
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Old 04-01-2018, 07:28 AM   #26
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No, we didnít. Wasnít about to even try to make a claim on such a new to us boat and policy.
I don't blame you. That would be like walking into a biker bar and yelling "Harleys suck!" Just asking for a beating!
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The BoatUS app has a good "nearby tides" section.

The USCG app has a good "nearby buoys" section. what we've found useful for actual windspeeds and sometime wave heights when it happens to be a floating buoy.

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<<And Menzies...I still don’t know when high tide is. Here’s what I know, it was pretty low when we left the island this evening. As of right now, it’s come up a good bit. I judge by where and how I can get on and off my boat.>>

Navionics is a cheap download to an iPad or phone that can give you that, and a lot more good info. Edit, just realized someone else already posted that.
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Download an app called "Tides Near Me" and allow it to see your location.
I second this app. It's free and it's fast. I used it all last summer in LI Sound and it agreed with my Garmin so I trust it.
I also have the Navionics app and it's well worth it for back up navigation or for use in the dinghy if needed.
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We made it to carrabelle just fine. It was a beautiful day. A smooth ride. Left TS at 9am and pulled into the inlet at 4pm. I took A big ole nap laying out in the sunpad.
We are docked at C Quarters. There is like ONE restaurant that’s open tonight. A little hamburger shack.
I think we are heading to Panama City tomorrow.
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Glad it was a smooth trip! Many more choices in Panama City. Enjoy!
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Congrats!

Now you are "experienced" offshore cruisers?
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Congrats!

Now you are "experienced" offshore cruisers?
Is anyone ever really experienced? I imagine each and every trip could bring something new to experience or learn.
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Glad it was a smooth trip! Many more choices in Panama City. Enjoy!
Do you have any recommendations for a seafood restaurant in Panama City? I think we are going to try to stay at St. Andrews I think itís called? The couple with us are from Indiana and he would like some crab.
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Good marina to stay at. There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance. We have not gone to any of them so I can't speak for them but I expect the marina folks would have some good recommendations. Also you can pick up fresh shrimp at some of the boats in the marina. Maybe someone else has experience at the restaurants in that area.
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Is anyone ever really experienced? I imagine each and every trip could bring something new to experience or learn.
Of course people get to be experienced. But being experienced doesn't mean you are done learning from new experiences!
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I did think of one that I can't not mention. It is located in a small boat at the marina. They are extremely famous for there lunch time hamburgers. It is called Just the cook off the hook. When we saw it we thought no way could this be good. It is so small. But it was fabulous for me. Not sea food but worth trying if you are into really different burgers.
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On a completely different topic...there’s a squirrel in my house!!
A friend of ours went by our house to check on our cat and heard a noise coming from an antique hall tree in our side foyer and found the squirrel.
Now what the hell am I going to do about that?
Ugh.
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I had that happen to me. When you get home or if you have someone that can do it for you, open all your doors and the squirrel will go crazy bouncing off the wall but will eventually get out with encouragement. You will probably have a trail of squirrel pee though.
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I had that happen to me. When you get home or if you have someone that can do it for you, open all your doors and the squirrel will go crazy bouncing off the wall but will eventually get out with encouragement. You will probably have a trail of squirrel pee though.
Currently the cat and the squirrel are alone in the house! This has disaster written all over it.
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