Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Across Florida and then down Florida - east coast style

Start out with a little love!

On our way to Okeechobee we spent a night at the Marina at Edison Ford in Fort Myers. The Museum there is still recovering from Hurricane Irma but is still worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thomas Edison's Pool.

The Ghost of Tommy.

The trees and plants were really damaged by Irma.

They are working hard to bring back the grounds to their former glory.

Looking for mullet. Crab trap bait.

On to Okeechobee!
David manning the lines in one of several locks to move us up to the lake level from the Gulf of Mexico and down to the Atlantic Ocean level

Second largest lake located in the continental US

Railroad bridge

We made it to Harbour Towne Marina in Dania, FL where David took off and I stayed behind to schedule regular maintenance work on the boat.

Patty flew in to join me and we started to plan our trip across to Abaco. Plan as much as you want. If the weather doesn't cooperate, no amount of planning will get you across the Gulf Stream.

Friends came to join us for our Bahama trip and low and behold a one day weather window opened up- 2 to 3 feet seas, winds 15 kts from the Southeast.  We took off only to be turned back after 20 NM due to an engine warning alarm. Crap.  2/3 of the way there.
Of course we turned around and limped back to port at 10 knots.
The guys from Sun Power Diesel were there to hook up the computer and diagnose the problem . At 5 o'clock. On a Friday. Really! 
Turns out the fuel filters needed changing even though they did not have that many hours on them. 
Great big shout out to Sun Power Diesel!

Of course the next day the seas were back to running 5 - 6 and that is a little to much for me. We took off south on the ICW and cruised through Miami and ended up at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State park at anchor in No Name Harbour.  A very quiet little harbour with room for about 25 boats and a fabulous restaurant, Boaters Grill, at the head of the harbor.

Unfortunately our friends had to take off since there did not appear to be a good time to cross that would make it worth while for them. So Pat and I are still planning our trip across.  Maybe Thursday. Keeping our fingers crossed!
If not we will probably skip the Bahamas on this trip.

Till next time.....


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Up and down Florida's Gulf Coast

As we all know, one of the most dangerous things about cruising is keeping a schedule. We always try to have a duck out port if things are not as forecast once we leave port or change our plans completely if the weather is not cooperating.

Guess what. We were heading to Key West tomorrow (May 2) but the winds and waves are not cooperating and don't appear to be calming down until the weekend. So Plan B!

Tomorrow we head North to Fort Meyers and the Caloosahatchee River. We will continue on to the Okeechobbee Waterway and end up in Stuart, Florida on the east coast.

Fresh water, locks, bridges and alligators!

Then south to Fort Lauderdale where we will start planning our crossing to the Bahamas.

On another note, look who made the cover of PassageMaker magazine. I haven't seen the article yet but I am sure it would be worth getting a copy and checking it out.

Till next time........

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NOLA and beyond


A little from NOLA.

New Canal Lighthouse on Lake Pontchartrain

Mardi Gras Fountain.  Surrounded by plaques of the different Krewes.
Below are some of my favorites

Always a party on Bourbon Street

Even Andrew Jackson wears beads in New Orleans

Shady Lady (sister Joni)

Shady Couple (Brother Brian & our buddy Marguerite)

My Bead Guy.

Not a lot of boating photos because I did not do any boating in NOLA. Larry Graff (Aspen) and Bill Pike (Power & Motoryacht Magazine) brought Knot Wafflen' in from Galveston and David and Sue Ellen and guests took her to Clearwater Yacht Club. I congratulate David & Sue Ellen on their 1st solo off shore voyage.

I joined them at the Treasure Island YC and we have been moving slowly down the Gulf Coast of Florida with stops in Sarasota, Punta Gorda and now we are tied up at the Naples Yacht Club.
Next week David and I take off for Key West and, if the weather is good, a side trip to Dry Tortugas.

Till next time........

Friday, April 20, 2018

Been a while....

Mexico is just a fond memory now. I left the Knot Wafflen' in the capable hands of Larry Graf and his crew in San Carlos. They moved the boat a few miles down the coast to Guaymas where she was hauled.

They had the job of removing the fly bridge, putting it and the boat on a truck, getting it through Customs into the US, on to Galveston, put back together, back in the water and on to New Orleans.

Not a small feat.

On the journey from Galveston to New Orleans, Larry Graff had the company of Captain Bill Pike, Senior Editor of Power & Motoryacht Magazine. We are looking forward to an article soon.
Captain Bill spent time on the Mississippi and Gulf running oil field boats and as he wrote in a note to us describing the journey: "Nostalgic for me. So may places, so many memories."

The crew of Knot Wafflen' thanks you for your assistance and we hope to meet & perhaps sail with you soon.

In the end, the boat was waiting for me in Orleans Marina, where I flew in to spend a few days with family on the boat (thanks SE & DJ).

A little about NOLA on the next entry.

A few pics supplied by Aspen.

Till next time.......

Friday, March 2, 2018

More from the Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez, continued.......

Next door boat dreaming of growing up to be an Aspen Power Catamaran

Sunrises and Sunsets

Till next time....