3/13/05 We are still in a holding pattern here in the Melbourne area while waiting to get the altenator fixed. Maybe
tomorrow. We are thinking about keeping the boat here for another few weeks and heading home for my parents 50th wedding anniversary
dinner in NC. I found out today that all the money I have been paying the rental car company for insurance is covered by my
Visa card. I wish I had known that when we started as we rent cars from time to time and could have saved a lot. The best
part of staying here for a while is I get to do some fishing and enjoy the company of the my Aunt and Uncle, Mike and Carol
Gent. We always have a great time and Carol's gormet meals are the best. I'll post more when we start moving again the first
week in April.
4/10/05 We left Indian Harbor Beach last Wednesday after nearly a month there. We had planned to leave earlier but my
Uncle Mike wanted to take me fishing for Tripletail. The tripletail is a fish with a prehistoric look and a great taste I
hear. We fished out of Port Canaveral around the channel markers and after having the first two fish break the line we got
the third fish to the boat after a long fight. The scale showed it to be 15 pounds. This brought my "species of fish" landed
to 41 for the year and I can only guess at the total number of fish caught. I checked my fish book to make sure I hadn't missed
any. Funny thing is that the Red Drum, which may as well be the state fish for Florida is the only fish I couldn't find and
We made it to Titusville our first night and then to Daytona just in time to duck out of a fierce storm. Debbie had her
glasses, money and journal (yes, journal) ready to run to shore in case one of the tornado warnings proved to be correct.
Lots of rain but no tornado. Someday I'll tell you about the tornado we we under on the way back from our boat several years
ago. Definitly exciting!!
Next day we headed to St. Augustine and anchored in the harbor. The docks were taken with all the boats for the boat
show and the harbor was priced right. After a tough night with wakes and current we decided to head to the dingy dock for
another tour of the city. St. Augustine is still a really neat town even the second time around. We decided to head back to
the boat after lunch but it seems the tide had switched and the wind was now gusting and opposing the current and that always
means a short chop. Good thing I'm the captain and MUST do all the driving because that ride back to the boat was, you guessed
it, upwind! That means Debbie had to ride in the front seat and block all the spray we were taking over the bow. She was soaked
when we got back but I was barely wet. I told her as long as the water was on her and not in the boat we were not going to
sink. She seems to be over it now. We decided aginst another night in the anchorage and went 10 miles north to Pine Island
for the night. Tonight we are tied up at Fernandina Harbor Marina next to the Florida/Georgia border. This town has resturants
just off the docks and a neat downtown within walking distance. We noticed a noise in the boat that sounded like a motor running
or maybe water dripping the other night at anchor and after a thorough search of the boat decided it was biological. That
means living and breathing or at least swimming and thus, outside the boat. Debbie was laughing out loud at me laying with
my ear to the floor of the boat listening to the sea creatures. It's amazing just how much noise there is in the water at
night and you can hear it all through the hull. Last night was very quiet but the noise is back tonight and even louder than
the other night. If anyone has any ideas about what kind of saltwater fish might be mating this time of year that sounds like
a type writer, let me know. Last summer in the Erie Canal we had a similar experiance with love struck Carp.
Tomorrow it's north to Georgia. I have more pictures but they will need to wait until I get a high speed connection to
4/11/05 Made it to Georgia today and because the weather was so nice we kept going. Almost 8 hours
behind the wheel today. It impresses me that you can start your day with power boats all around you and lots of chatter on
the radio and within 4 hours be totally away from all that. In fact we are totally away from everything including lights,
boats, and even the everyday noise of life. Anchored in the creek behind Sapelo Island. All is well and we will sleep good
tonight with light east winds.
4/12/05 We left Sapelo Island and had our longest day yet, 92 miles to a creek at Hilton Head Island. Lots of oysters
on the banks of this creek.
4/13/05 We stayed at Lady's Island Marina in Beaufort, SC on the way south and with out long day yesterday we only
lacked 25 miles to make it back to Beaufort today. Joe and Candie are the dockmasters at Lady's Island Marina and the best
ones we have met yet. Joe had a slip waiting for us and it was good to see him again. We had some cold and windy weather coming
in for the next few days so we rented a car from Enterprise and drove 5 hours home and then 6 hours to Oriental to move our
car to Tom and Liz Lathrop's house so we will have a way to get home when we get there. We should be home in a couple of weeks
with good weather and a few stops along the way. We hope to leave Beaufort on Monday and head to Charleston for a day and
then north to Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. We have decided to put the boat up for sale when we get home. If anyone has an
interest in the boat, let me know. It's ready to do another trip!! It will be hard to part with it but we have had a wonderful
time and it has always been my belief that boats are best when they can get used a lot. I know we have been the envy of a
lot of other crusiers with our good lines and ample accomodations and full shower. This trip has proven that the boat will
go anywhere we choose to cruise. We have access to many times more anchorages than any other cruising boat. Between Mark's
boat and mine I would guess we have a combined total of over 15,000 miles on this design. We are now past 4000 miles
in the last year in all kinds of weather and seas. Our fuel milage (a big factor with the last price hike this month) matches
that of the best and expensive trawlers and far exceeds all the other power boats out there. I talked with a guy on Thursday
who was complaining of his diesel bill topping one hundred bucks a day and he only cruises one knot faster than we do. Our
fuel bill for the same trip is a fraction of that. We are planning on moving the boat to the NC mountains if we don't find
a buyer by the end of June.
4/14/05 We made Beaufort and Lady's Island Marina today. Joe and Candie were on their way out to the west coast
and their son's wedding so we didn't get to see much of them. Maybe next summer we'll drop in by car. Stop and see them if
you get that way with a boat. We will stay here until next week and take the next good weather window we get.
4/20/05 We made Charleston City Marina today and it's good to be back. Did some touring of the city and ate in
our favorite resturants. Great weather!!
4/21/05 We wanted to get out across Charleston Harbor before the wind got up and left early to do so. We thought about
heading to Georgetown but ended up doing a long day equal to our best yet of 92 miles. Spent the night at Bucksport Marina.
Nice docks, cable, and very quite. Bucksport was the place that we launched our very first sailboat when the kids were small
and spent the night in the swamp. Very scary for the kids,....and me. It's strange to walk down to that same ramp after 23
years. The swamp is still quiet and still very, very dark. Bucksport also sells the best sausage. I don't know what makes
it so good but everyone stops and stocks the boat there.
4/22/05 Back at the FREE docks at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. We'll be here for 3 days as the weather
is getting ready for a blow. 20-35 knots they say. It's the weekend so this is not such a bad place to be stuck and the price
is right. There are more and more boats arriving and they are starting to raft out into the channel, some are 3 deep. We don't
really like to raft because our cabin sides are straight up, unlike the sailboats that tend to have their cabins towards their
center. We will see how it works out. We don't mind helping out other boaters though. The She Crab Soup at T-Bonz resturant
at the top of the dock is the best!! I just helped a sailboat tie up to the catamaran in front of us and the skipper
said they just got in from a 65,000 mile cruise around the world and Cape Horn. Not me!! He was scared to death because the
waterway here is so narrow. I guess he has been offshore too long.