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Old 10-12-2020, 09:11 AM   #161
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That's not cruising - that's voyaging!

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Old 10-12-2020, 09:20 AM   #162
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Unfortunately no more cruising for us this year. 2 weeks until winter haulout. So we'll manage 1 more weekend, then it's time to start winterizing and offloading.
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Old 10-12-2020, 12:03 PM   #163
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So, other than that are you gonna be doing anything?
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Old 10-13-2020, 11:55 AM   #164
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Nope that’s about it. Thanks all for the good wishes, really had a tough decision with this covid stuff but we thought that the safest place to be would be on a boat away from crowds.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:54 PM   #165
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Nope that’s about it. Thanks all for the good wishes, really had a tough decision with this covid stuff but we thought that the safest place to be would be on a boat away from crowds.
You should post a thread & keep it updated with pictures. I know a lot of us would love to see your progress! I'm envious!
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Old 10-13-2020, 04:01 PM   #166
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We finished up this weekend and will start the winterization tomorrow. A bunch of our large boat friends are gearing up to head south in the coming weeks. I am jealous. Maybe someday.
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Old 10-13-2020, 04:38 PM   #167
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Wifey B: Well, we're not going anywhere but still cruising every weekend. This past weekend we spent about 12 hours on the water and covered over 300 nm and ended up right where we started again.

I learned of boating as the best way ever to relieve all stress of work in 2001 when my hubby, fiancee at the time, took me our and then after we were married in June of 2001. It didn't matter how hard the day was or the week was if we could get even an hour on the water. It's like the breeze in your face blows all other thoughts away.

Today with all that's going on and the two of us actually working to keep business going and try to keep people employed. So, we can't cruise anywhere, but we can get out on the water and we do every weekend. And for us as well as our extended family which is all working with us, it washes away the stress of the week, the stress of the world. When we're on the water, we're free. It refreshes and equips us to face what we must during the next week.

I remember the first time I saw my hubby at the helm of our small boat on the lake and he was transformed. I could see it in his face, in his relaxed body. He was no longer a businessman, but a boater. The child of him emerged. Then he asked me if I wanted to try driving the boat. That was eay to answer, " yeah". I guess I thought it would feel like driving a car, but it didn't, not at all. It was exhilarating, it was beautiful, it was so sensual in that it brought all the senses into play, the smell of fresh air, the touch of it across you, the sounds of the water, the beauty of the lake. I was hooked, just as much as if it had been heroin or something but much safer. The water is our escape, our safe zone, our heaven on earth.

And one last thing, you can never explain the feeling to a non-boater. They have nothing in their experiences to compare it to as you describe it. It has to be experienced.
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:15 AM   #168
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BandB,
Well said, that feeling that you are describing is Euphoric, that’s how our sailboat got her name “Euphoria” got that great feeling every time we stepped onboard.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:31 AM   #169
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Fall has definitely set in, but still good cruising here in the PNW and the last few days did not disappoint.
Highlights include whales and this peaceful little board cruise with a trusty companion aboard and Klee Wyck in the background.
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:37 AM   #170
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Is anyone cruising right now?

Ahoy all. Just wrapping up a month long cruise in the Bahamas. All is well and the weather has been fine. Covid protocols are manageable but necessary. Bahamians are serious in there efforts to do the right thing. Very few cruising boats - practically none. Same for tourists.

One strange thing I noticed, between Bimini and the Berry Islands, still on the Bahama Bank in about 75 feet of water were about 19 large cruise ships anchored about a mile or less apart. Sort of a cruise ship parking lot. Guess it is a lot cheaper than some dock in Florida? Apparently has caused a lot of contraversy locally.

Stay safe & healthy all.

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Old 10-19-2020, 12:12 PM   #171
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Wifey B: Well, we're not going anywhere but still cruising every weekend. This past weekend we spent about 12 hours on the water and covered over 300 nm and ended up right where we started again.

I learned of boating as the best way ever to relieve all stress of work in 2001 when my hubby, fiancee at the time, took me our and then after we were married in June of 2001. It didn't matter how hard the day was or the week was if we could get even an hour on the water. It's like the breeze in your face blows all other thoughts away.

Today with all that's going on and the two of us actually working to keep business going and try to keep people employed. So, we can't cruise anywhere, but we can get out on the water and we do every weekend. And for us as well as our extended family which is all working with us, it washes away the stress of the week, the stress of the world. When we're on the water, we're free. It refreshes and equips us to face what we must during the next week.

I remember the first time I saw my hubby at the helm of our small boat on the lake and he was transformed. I could see it in his face, in his relaxed body. He was no longer a businessman, but a boater. The child of him emerged. Then he asked me if I wanted to try driving the boat. That was eay to answer, " yeah". I guess I thought it would feel like driving a car, but it didn't, not at all. It was exhilarating, it was beautiful, it was so sensual in that it brought all the senses into play, the smell of fresh air, the touch of it across you, the sounds of the water, the beauty of the lake. I was hooked, just as much as if it had been heroin or something but much safer. The water is our escape, our safe zone, our heaven on earth.

And one last thing, you can never explain the feeling to a non-boater. They have nothing in their experiences to compare it to as you describe it. It has to be experienced.

Reminds me of a good quote: "If you are not a boater, no explanation is possible. If you are a boater, no explanation is necessary." Thanks for the great post!
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:39 PM   #172
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One strange thing I noticed, between Bimini and the Berry Islands, still on the Bahama Bank in about 75 feet of water were about 19 large cruise ships anchored about a mile or less apart. Sort of a cruise ship parking lot. Guess it is a lot cheaper than some dock in Florida? Apparently has caused a lot of contraversy locally.

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Old 11-09-2020, 10:56 PM   #173
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Ahoy all. Just wrapping up a month long cruise in the Bahamas. All is well and the weather has been fine. Covid protocols are manageable but necessary. Bahamians are serious in there efforts to do the right thing. Very few cruising boats - practically none. Same for tourists.

One strange thing I noticed, between Bimini and the Berry Islands, still on the Bahama Bank in about 75 feet of water were about 19 large cruise ships anchored about a mile or less apart. Sort of a cruise ship parking lot. Guess it is a lot cheaper than some dock in Florida? Apparently has caused a lot of contraversy locally.

Stay safe & healthy all.

Mike
Mike,
We are continuing to cruise, but not quite the same as the Bahama's.

With the blessing of Canadian Customs and Immigration (with lots of restrictions) we were able to transit from Seattle to Alaska in July. We have been cruising in SE Alaska since and will remain up here cruising as the weather permits all winter. It's been snowing off and on the last week, but the water has been calm most of the time. The summer boating season was pretty empty up here due to Covid and now we are most certainly by ourselves out cruising. We just come across the occasional commercial fishing boat.

If nothing else, winter boating in Alaska should be an adventure.

Maybe next year we will be able to return to our original plan for the winter, which was to be in the Sea of Cortez.

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Old 11-09-2020, 11:15 PM   #174
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Jim,
Get some “cramp on’s” ...
I think that’s the expression. The floats can be very dangerous re the ice and walking around town is very icy too.
They attach to your rubber boots and are sorta like a rack of knives pointing down. Very effective.
Hope you can get into Harris Harbor .. closer to town. But taxi’s abound.
When the Taku winds come stay on the boat.
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:43 PM   #175
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We take short cruises nearly every week. Over the summer we went up to the origin (or the end of navigable waters) of the Cumberland River to Celina, TN. It was a beautiful trip of 492 miles round trip for us with only a couple of locks. Saw lots of wildlife, stayed on the hook in some deserted coves and tried some new favorite (and one very run-down) marinas along the way. Through the winter we only have one overnight trip planned for December but we shall see!




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Old 11-10-2020, 07:48 PM   #176
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I have been out and about in our local waters and when I am not there I stay at the boat roughly 5 days there 7 back home, repeat. About to head out to the boat for 5 days tomorrow.
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:06 PM   #177
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Finally, we started the Great Loop!
Left St Petersburg Saturday morning and are already in Clewiston, getting ready to cross Lake O in the morning. Light wind and 80F. Man, this is awesome.
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:12 PM   #178
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Finally, we started the Great Loop!
Left St Petersburg Saturday morning and are already in Clewiston, getting ready to cross Lake O in the morning. Light wind and 80F. Man, this is awesome.
Awesome! Have you decided what route you're taking for the great lakes area?
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Old 03-16-2021, 10:08 PM   #179
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Finally, we started the Great Loop!
Left St Petersburg Saturday morning and are already in Clewiston, getting ready to cross Lake O in the morning. Light wind and 80F. Man, this is awesome.
I’ll pre-welcome you to Stuart 😃
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For the Great Lakes, we'd like to take the Trent-Severn Waterway, but that's up to Canada. We fit under the Erie Canal western half 15’ 6” clearance limit by a foot. And that route would also be fun.

This is really weird - Florida started vaccinating >60y old's on Monday; I'm 60. We docked at Roland Martin's in Clewiston and I walked into town and got the shot yesterday at Walgreens. Booked it online 2 days prior. There is a lot to be said for going with the flow...
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