39 hour Sail from Stuart,FL to Marathon, FL Boot Key Harbor City Marina

OM! So Christmas has come and gone. This is the first time I have had to catch you all up to our status.  The winds settled down on Saturday, So we left St. Lucie’s River. We had a great weather window that allowed us to sail out in the Atlantic for 39 hours to Marathon.

But our spur of the moment sail down here wasn’t planed with provisioning. We had 6 mini potatoes and a can of pork-n-beans for dinner. So you know after we arrived and got tucked into Sister Creek, we headed to the our favorite Chinese Restaurant.  After our stomachs were full we headed over to Publics to grocery shop. We found out that Winn-Dixie went down with Erma and hasn’t re-opened yet. 

We are anchored in a little piece of what I call paradise Sister Creek. Our journey from here will be back to the Bahamas. But in the mean time We will enjoy our stay here.

This was a portion of the St. Lucie’s outlet/inlet  We came out with no issues.

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It was a great day to sail the winds were NE about 16-18 knots

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We were able to sail wing on wing for a while.

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Some of the sights we see in the Ocean are of other vessels. We didn’t see many mammals or fish out here.

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One of the best things that can happen when sailing at night is a full moon. She is our candle in the sky.

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As the moon started to surfaces so did this cruise ship.  Looks like they are headed towards the Bahamas.

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It was a long night as we sailed toward the shore line of Miami. The sun was peeking through the clouds. It was a beautiful morning.

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After cruising down the Florida coats, we cruised down the Keys in Florida (Hawk Channel).  We were passed by this sailboat. We then met these two later at the Boot Key Harbor Christmas get together. 

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There was so many crab pots on the Hawk Channel we did not run the motor at night.  Rather, we sailed the whole night no matter how low the winds were.  Turns out we ran between 5 and 6 mph in these light winds.

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The sunlight on the ocean is just as remarkable as it is on the Great Lakes.

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Even the birds are preparing to nestle in for the night.

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Our second night out, it’s still a fabulous night sailing.  Once again the moon shared her light with us.  Around 12:30 a.m. We sailed on to anchor just outside of Boot Key Harbor in the Florida Straits.  After 39 hours,  I don’t think it took us 5 minutes to fall asleep.

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We are on the waiting list for a mooring ball.  We are number 7 on the list; but in the meantime we are in Sisters Creek. I really like the anchorage here. Bryce is tiring off our stern lines to the mangroves. With two anchors off the bow.

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On Christmas day we celebrated with a diner at the Marina.  The gathering of a lot of joyful people. 

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This is the deck area. Very nice. Lots of great people

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He loves the warmth.. We are having a great time here.  It was a bit nippy in Jacksonville, FL.

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Apparently Raciti (local artist) refurbished this mural originally done by “Rocky” Post Irma 2017-2018

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Here is our route at https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC

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Well, Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.

Thanks for following our Blog. Red rose

Fort Pierce to St. Lucie’s River

The sounds of the howling winds stirred us around 4:00 a.m. here as predicted.  As we woke up and put our feet on the floor, we heard the alarm go off.  We didn’t even get our first sip of coffee.  We headed up to the cockpit to see what was going on. All I could think about was having my first sip of freshly brew.. Bryce looked at the GPS our anchor had a little itch and reset herself.  (Good Girl)

We have used WindAlert for about 3 years now and it seems to work well for us.  Issues always appear worst during darkness vs daylight.  Soon daylight will be appearing. I am not sure when the rain is suppose to start. According to my cell phone there is nothing on the radar. That’s good for now.  I just looked out the window daylight is on the horizon with some scary looking clouds.

For a few days now someone, I won’t name him LOL keeps asking me to make bread. I decided that today would be a good day since we will be on the hook.

Great advertisement.

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Look at his smile someone is having fun in the 12 knot wind.

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These people were walking there boat from a sandy gouding. I turned around and noticed two tow boats showed up to help them out.

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Look they planted palm trees on this sandbar. It’s going to be an island.

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So many boats with wakes as we came in from the ICW. I always feel bad for the boats in the boat wells. They seem to always take the brunt of the wake. It was nice to see the sailboats coming out; it was reassurance that it was deep enough for our keel.

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We are anchored on the portside of that green buoy closer to shore.

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Yes, I found the house Jane wants… I guess it’s nice to want! Bryce said house vs boat. I said boat Smile

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Okay look who found his chair first. I put a pot of coffee on so we could enjoy the evening.

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St. Lucie’s River: Well, we tried several times in this area to find a deep enough anchorage. Due to the storms coming in over the next two days we wanted protection from the south west winds. At first we couldn’t find anything deep enough, Bryce said one more try then we will head out. We were lucky we found an area 500’ by 1000 feet area; plenty of room. We are in 10 feet deep at low tide, no current. Yeah the water temperature is 71 degrees. Get this no crab pot patch

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Have a safe day everyone. Thanks for following our blog!Red rose

Melbourne to Fort Pierce, Florida

Traveling The ICW South

What a crazy amazing day. I have waited a while to be able to sit on deck in shorts and a sleeveless shirt.  Today was the day. Smile  Although when we pulled up anchor, it was still a bit chilly.  I to have to laugh because when we anchored last night, I didn’t realized we were in a crab pot patch.  We were totally surrounded by these little guys.  

We had thick fog early morning fog as I sat in the cockpit waiting for the fog to clear up. I could see these little floating objects that look like some child lost their ball appeared out of no where as the fog lifted. We had no issues really as Bryce was standing on deck directing me as I dodged the crab pots to the main channel.  What a beautiful day.

Yesterday, I posted about the weather that will be upon us Thursday and Friday. We are going to anchor in an area near the St. Luci inlet.  It is supposed to be a good holding area. Believe me I will let you know.  I have no doubt that I will be a bit nervous, because I already am. LOL The local news said gusts up to 50 MPH. We have seen higher.  It’s just uncomfortable and nail biting for me.  Maybe I’ll catch a movie to help time fly by.

Bryce took off our smaller Danforth to install our bigger one.  This one has held us in 80 mph winds.

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This is a small view of the ICW. It became very twisty for a while. I had to sit on deck without my sweetie.  But someone had to navigate.

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We need to anchor and take our chairs to this sandbar; it looks so inviting to me. Island with a palm tree

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Okay, There are so so many boats in distress.  I say so many dreams are lost and those dreams became someone else’s nightmare. As you can see it is not always a sailboat in distress  powerboats boats are lost also. With that said; being from Michigan I am not use to seeing this.  But it’s not just Florida. Sunken boats are all over.  We saw them going down the Mississippi and in the Bahamas. 

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Now, look.. It is a tower of boats…Look how tall it’s Must have a huge lift.

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These jet skiers are dressed like we dress to go snowmobiling. The one in the rear had a big rack.  I think they are cruising the ICW.

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Well, I guess someone found away to use damaged boats… Advertise “Send Nudes”. LOL It could be worse. 

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I don’t know why but it’s kind of cool to watch the fisherman get ready to toss their nets.

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Well looks like they might have to dredge this area in not so far in the future. It is pretty close to the channel.

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It’s always so peaceful to watch people fish.

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I cannot believe all the boats out today. School must be out.  Maybe a lot of people on vacation. I don’t understand why people are always in a rush. They miss so many fantastic things. But I guess if they have the power, that’s what they do. I can say that because we have a power boat in Michigan.  We have learned the best thing about boating is the cruising. Slow and peaceful. Smile 

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We passed through the Fort Pierce draw bridge. Just to the Port side is the inlet to the Atlantic. We will be out there this weekend.

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Last time we were here which was last April, Cobb’s had the best “Rum Runner” cocktail Martini glass

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Tami, it looks like the moon is getting fuller. But I thought the next full moon was in January? I could be wrong.

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Well, Thanks for following us. Red rose

Titusville to Melbourne

We are trying to make Marathon FL by Christmas.  After Marathon, we will head to the Bahamas. Then back up this way.  According to WindAlert, We are going to be getting some undesirable winds coming in this Thursday and Friday. What that means for us is the loss of two days travel. We will make up for it over the weekend. Cruising the ICW is a blast for us. However we will slip out into the Atlantic over the weekend to make up for lost time. 

These are WindAlert  forecast for Thursday and Friday so we are trying to decide where to hole up. 

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This is Fridays forecast. Not a pretty picture.

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We went in to City Dock Marina for fuel then headed out. This is the mooring field; they appeared to be full.  We anchored just North of the mooring field where we anchored on previous trips. It was a good anchorage. The pump out is separate from the gas docks. The wind was a bit strong to have to try and tie up at another dock (likely we were lazy) so I had to forgo a pump-out. It was no big deal; I really didn’t need one; but I just thought that it was odd to have to move to another dock.

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So far we haven’t had any issues with the bridge openings or bridge clearance.  I think what I like about the ICW is all of the many different things to do. Towns to visit; people to meet.

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Cocoa area.. I waved hello to my brother Joe, his wife Evelyn, Janette and Katie as we passed by. See you in the Spring Smile

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Our Niece Katie-Did (that is her nick name) LOL Works at Ryan’s Hello Katie-Did……Red heart  If you are thinking about stopping here it is a really cute area.

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Now me.. I am just sitting on deck watching the birds go by. I didn’t see and dolphins today.  Maybe because we are not by an inlet.

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Right around 2:30 p.m. I noticed the moon. Our light of the night is shinning during the day. On the ICW we don’t travel at night; too many crab pots.

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Well, as you can see my Captain is enjoying the view too.  Motor sailing with a light wind.

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Here are our anchorages. We normally post on Active Captain but having password issues. But we post on https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC  So if you’re ever interested you are welcome to view our map.

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Okay, I have a joke: Which holiday mascot has the least spare change? 

Answer: St. Nickel-less Smile

Thanks for following our blog. Red rose

ICW From Daytona to Titusville Florida.

OM! Remember, I said I wonder what Sunday would bring? Let me tell you it was a perfect start to great day. We traveled from just North of Daytona to Titusville Fl.  I stepped-out on the bow shortly after Bryce pulled up anchor; it looked like it was going to be another crappy day. But to my surprise it was an amazing day. A bit overcast with clouds; I started to walk on deck. Then I turned and said to Bryce “Would you mind getting my chair out of the Storage bin?” He looked at me with a blank look on his face “you are going to set on the bow. Isn’t it to cold?” I looked at him with a smile and said ”Not today.” Incase you don’t know, our favorite thing to do is to sit on the bow and drink our morning coffee. Okay sometimes a beer too. It has been raining and a tad to chilly to enjoy our deck. But Not today Smile 

We had a catamaran that has been passing us off and on. They ended up anchoring just down the river from us. After we started on our way we noticed they were pulling up anchor too. We had 55 miles to travel to Titusville. It took us about 8 1/2 hours. They followed us halfway then took over the lead. As they passed us We asked if they were from Germany because of their German Flag (duh). The man smiled and said yes. We took each others photo and waved as they adventured onward. 

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So this is our first opening (Main Street Lift Bridge) Bridge for the day. We had a small wait but not to bad.

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If you notice there are serval more bridges we have to pass under two draw bridges within a mile apart.  The second one is now being replaced.  So Yah!! no second bascule bridge.

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Well, come to find out the Memorial Twin Bridges are under construction. We didn’t have to wait for another bridge. From what I understand The Daytona area along with a few other areas are replacing their bascule bridges with new bridges 65 feet tall.

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Look at this Beautiful photo.. I love it. This shows dredging along the ICW.. That should make all of us boaters happy. I know it does us.. given we are  5.9 deep.

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I really like their sign to direct boating traffic.

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The further we traveled, the dredging was on both sides of the river.  Good thing.. this area (Ponce De Leon Inlet area) has been shoaling.

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What a cute light house. I zoomed in to see it from the Halfax River. It’s The Lighthouse for the Lighthouse Boat Yard Marina

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I do believe this is were they are blowing the dirt out here.  I think it will become a new beach maybe.

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We also had a few locals pass us by on their daily run about. Look they have on warm clothes too.

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We are getting close to the Ponce de Leon Inlet. At first we were a bit nervous. Around 3 years ago we hit a shoaling area even with following Active Captain. It took a local couple to help move us away. However with the dredging it was 15 teen feet vs 6 feet Great job people.   

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We are smiling as we complete our turn towards the New Smyrna Bridge George E. Musson Memorial Bridge.

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New Smyrna Bridge George E. Musson Memorial Bridge. We had a 16 minute wait it was no big deal. 

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Near the New Smyrna Bridge George E. Musson Memorial Bridge is a huge sand bar. In the summer months this will be full of boats.

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Even the birds like to play on the sand bar.

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This young man id standing on a sand bar too.  Looks like the middle of the river! I spoke with him and asked him if he was cold. He said only where he is wet. 

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Finally The bridge opened. I was trying to figure out what was on the bridge. I will show you a close up.

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It looks like a winter blanket. Maybe they just painted it and it needed to keep it warm.  Who knows..

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After we passed under the bridge I got a sweet tooth.  Looking at this pontoon boat headed North.

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Awe… Looks like father and son out enjoying their day.

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They might be trying to reach these kayaker too they are only about 500 yards away.

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What a way to enjoy your day fishing and kayaking. Doesn’t he look relaxed? 

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We are coming up to the Harris Saxon Bridge; clearance is 68 Feet

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After we passed under the bridge I noticed this grounded boat was still here from our last visit here.

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Cayluna Laboe took the lead again..

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Back on the bow.. only a bit cool.. I had hats and jackets made with our blog & boat name.

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They are very warm jackets. This was out anniversary gift to each other.

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Well as we cruised the now Indian River; we are cruising the New Smyrna area. We just loved our last visit here about 8 months ago. We anchored just south of the bridge by the channel marker. We went into town and had a delicious dinner. They also had an old time car show going on. I was so much fun. Just south there are more boats. Blue play? I think. I wonder how much longer it will be there? Where are the owners?????

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Okay If you don’t read and follow the No wake sign, this bird will poop on your boat! Smile 

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We saw dauphines playing.   Even a few baby ones.  This is an adult.  The little ones are so small.

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Boy let me tell you the Indian River is very long.

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How much to you want to bet this is a poopy area. Smile

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I want a stand up board! But the question is: would I use it. I think so.

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Here is yet another maybe permeant vessel. What a name. 

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Look just like children these dauphines are have fun.

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This big guy (Dolphin) was having a hoot of a time.

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I was being entertained by the wild life. Pelicans are my favorite bird down here.  Bryce says, “only a mother could love that face”.

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Bird on a post drying their feathers. These are diving birds and we all ways see them drying out.

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We were taken over by Peregrine they seemed like a nice people.

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We came upon the Haul-over Canal Bridge.  We had a train of three sailboats.

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23 feet clearance Don’t think any of us could fit under.

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I call him “Bashful” he looks so shy 

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We could help but noticed this vessel I call it the stinky boat. It smelled like a dozen out houses put together. 

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Even after he past by her scent lingered on.

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Well look at that. We made it to Titusville We anchored on the other side of the RR bridge.

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Bless this man. We have a date with another couple on shore.  Steve and Judy; they are a couple who live on their boat. They Cruise all over The ICW. I think they have been on their boat 16 years now. Any ways, I got side tracked.  Bryce tried to start the little motor and without fail, it would not start. About a 1/2 hour or so he got her started.  We were able to keep out date.  Bryce said the egine was hydro-locked with oil and the float bowl was filled with oil from the engine setting on its wrong side.

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He guided us into Titusville city dock by dingy after clearing out the engine.

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We just found out that Steve and Judy just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary: Congratulations. You are a special couple. We had a fabulous time as always.   Till we meet a gain safe journey & Merry Christmas

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We almost had a hitch-hiker on our way back from a lovely dinner.

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What a great day it was. Thank you for following us. Red rose

A Friday and Saturday Cruise of the ICW

Well, we made a decision to forgo several stops to make it to Marathon Florida Keys for Christmas. We should be able to make it as long as we get some time on the Atlantic. You know I will keep you all posted. Smile Our journey along the ICW as been slow. One thing you must remember is now we have to adjust to the tides and currents. OH.. for you who don’t know the ICW stands for Intra-coastal-water.   It’s like a river that flows between the land that protects you from the open waters of the Oceans. We have ants in our pants..LOL Bryce and I would rather continue along our adventure then sit and wait for the weather to clear out in the open waters so we travel the ICW. Sometimes we can sail, but most of the time we are motor sailing. 

ICW to St. Augustine

I get so confused on how people can just walk away from there dreams and not be accountable to clean up there mess. I know they might not have insurance but it is not up to everybody else  to clean up after them. Okay that’s just Jane’s opinion.

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We are motor-sailing here. This is a fix bridge with the clearance on 65 feet. There are several of these along the ICW.

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There are all kinds of vessels that run along the ICW. This is an Army Corp of Engineers boat.   He appears to take care of buoys; but not sure ACOE does that. Buoy tenders make the channel for boats. Her name is “Snell”. They are very friendly; they waved to us as we passed by.

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Many of the homes had Christmas trees but my silly camera got a bit lazy and didn’t want to work.

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George was starting to stir he knows it’s time for us to anchor so he can play on the deck.

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St. Augustine to Daytona Beach

The following morning “Saturday” We had to call for an opening Crescent Beach Bascule Bridge. This bridge opens on signal. Bryce calls him/her on the VHF and request an opening. Most of the time they are very pleasant to speak to.

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This is a view of ICW heading towards Daytona.

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They have nice sandy areas I am sure in the summertime you would see people gathering here.

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Another person lost their dream “Abby Normal”

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Bryce was looking at Active Captain. I love flowers. for some reason these really hold there scent. I love walking out to the cockpit just to smell them.

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Well folks that is the end of our blog for the day. I wonder where Sunday will take us?

Thanks for following us. Red rose

Exchange Island to ICW

     Well, it sure has been cloudy. Today is Friday; it’s supposed to be a weather alert day here. There are areas that will be hit with 5 inches of rain. Looks like a dreary crappy day. But I will keep the sunshine in my heart. I saw my first glimpse of dauphins yesterday for the season. They always make me smile.  We are cruising the ICW till the Atlantic mellows out and gets good winds. 

     Bryce works till noon M-F, so in the winter time it gives us about 5 hours a day to sail or motor and sometimes we do both.  LOL.. Remember our Little Red Engine issues last January.. OM!  Just thinking about it, it was almost a year-ago. Anyways I just wanted to let you all know the new Little Red Engine is doing very well. She huffed and puffed and turned over like a dream.

This is me enjoying my favorite seat. I have the best view. Smile My feet were getting cold so I ended up putting socks on.

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As we moved along the St.John River, we could see the ships getting unloaded. The one below looks like the crates could get sweep off the vessel in a high wave action.

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LOL Every time I see the name Crowley, I think of the Crowley’s stores. I don’t think they are around any longer. But I did shop there.

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Okay something I haven’t done yet is take a cruise on a cruise ship. This is the “Carnival Elation” I’ll take a balcony room please..  

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This little “Wollochet” is kicking up some big wakes making dock boats rock like a mixing bowl.

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Is there a MOL(e) in this picture?LOL Smile

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OM… if you look close enough you’ll see this looks like a Mississippi river boat. She must be getting some work done on her.

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Well after we made it into the ICW we took anchorage. It was a great place too. About 300 feet off the ICW between two red buoys in about 19 feet of water.

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This is our little tracking map Smile  https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC 

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Jacksonville & Exchange Island, Florida

Good Morning Sunshine.  Our first night out anchored off St. John’s River was awesome, However; our second night which was last night was even better. After we arrived at Exchange Island there was only one more job to do. We had to hoist up our gen sail. The winds were so light it was the perfect time. Even at 61 degrees with the sunshine it was very warm. I felt like I could of had on shorts instead of long paints.

Well this is the start of our 3rd adventure. If I don’t post and you want to see where we are Trackmytour is kind of like our second blog. We track all of our anchorages and marinas where we stay. https://trackmytour.com/2p4qC

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As we motored up river we passed the Jacksonville Navel Air Station, planes and helicopters flew over our boat as we passed by. It was really cool. They even have a marina.

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he looked like he or she was going to hit our mast. Of course it was just an illusion.

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Go…. Navy! Both Bryce’s father and my Father served in the Navy on ships

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While cruising up river towards Jacksonville we also had to passe under a few bridges. Some were 64 feet clearance some were 75 feet and others we had to ask for an opening.  How about that; we passed our first Tow & barge for the season.

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I think that this sign explains it all. We are in Manatee area

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As we passed under one bridge you could see the next one in site. The brown arm up in the air is a rail road bridge called the FEC Strause RR bridge. Bryce called on channel 9 to okay our passage though the opening because the green light was missing and a train had just gone by. We could hear other vessels talking to the brdge operator.

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This Main Street Bridge. As you can tell it has to be open for us. It didn’t take to long either for them to open it. Do you see the naked head stay on Beauty?  That is where our genoa (sail) goes.

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With the few minutes to spare waiting for the bridge to open, I noticed The Christmas tree in Jacksonville Landing.

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Look…. doesn’t it look like an elevator? It goes up & down

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Yet another bridge. No big deal; this one we can go under…

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“Good to the Last Drop” We drink it every morningSmile

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Well this is Exchange Island on the Portside. We decided to take an early anchorage to put on our genoa. For those who don’t know what the gen is, it is our head sail.

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Halleluiah We Have Launched

Wow…We are back. After an amazing summer on Boatnicks, Now for a few fabulous months we will see where the wind takes us. It’s is funny I was actually a bit scared to leave Sailbeauty at Green Coves Springs, however; It turned out to be a nice place. It really isn’t just a marina but also a boat yard to work on your boat or they have what is called long term storage. We had her moved to the work area a few days before we arrived. Only to find a tad bit of a mess. Not due to Green cove Springs but to nature. One of our port side windows leaked so we had a bit to clean up. It never fails that I make more out of it than what it is. I freaked-out and cried a bit like a child with a broken toy. Only to find out after I cleaned the mess up everything was fine. Bryce buffed and waxed her along with two more coats of bottom paint.  Boy she sure does look pretty. I am not sure why but when we get on her I feel so young and alive. LOL Okay after 9 days of working on her and getting her ready for launch day she is ready.

This is our girl waiting for the crew to come get her ready for launching..

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John and crew first came with the long trailer to take her to the launch area. I’am smiling behind the camera Smile

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For thoses who haven’t seen this done it is a bit trickier then it looks. The alingment has to be perfect. We don’t want them to drop her.

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Even Patch is happy to leave. If I didn’t know better I would think she is smiling too.

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My honey is so so happy. Look at that beauitful wax job. Hey noticed how cold it is in Northern Florida?

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This is where they put us in. We had to wait a few hours for these two to repervision before they moved. It was a irriating to me. We checked our engines, repervisioned, put our main sail up prior to launching.  So Beauty was ready to leave and we didn’t have to hold anyone up at the launch pad.

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The crew here at Green Cove Springs are not used to launching boats stern first. They like their cuostmers to go in bow first which means we would have had to undo our two back stays.  It is much easier to remove the head stay.

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We are in the water with only an hour before sunset. We headed out and found a nice place to anchor about 10 miles away in St. John’s River for the night.

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Thanks for reading our little blog. Red rose

Jacksonville, Florida

It’s wrapping up soon

Well we left St. Augustine a few days ago.  We sailed and did some motor-sailing on our way up the ICW. The closer we get to Jacksonville I began to lose my motivation.  Last night was our last night anchored out on Beauty till December.  I know I shouldn’t be sad but I am.  She has become part of my inner soul. I am going to be missing her terribly. With that said, we will be looking forward our new adventures in December 2018.  We will be making a trip or two down to Florida to check on her this summer.

Over this next week we are staying in a marina close to Green Cove Springs to dismount the sails.  All electric and nothing of any value will stay on her during storage.  I will keep you all updated this week.

As we sailed up the ICW towards Jacksonville we said our goodbyes to St. Augustine till next December.   These are a few boats on mooring balls.

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Winds were awesome so we put up our head sail.

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A dry dock for the Military vessels where the intra-coastal meets the St Johns Inlet.

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Looks like a mega-yacht is being worked on.

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A few other ships near by.

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What a pretty tug.  Its the Gregg McAllister.

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Spring has arrived in Jacksonville…Time for re-shingling.  We have been there; done that..don’t want to do it again…LOL

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The winds have been perfect to sail the ICW.. We reached 7.5 knots Awesome!!!

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I had to laugh I have never seen boats on a freighter not sure if they are imports or exports. 

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Up close and personal; I can’t make out the brand (make).

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This dry dock has a freighter getting repaired.

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Our last night anchored out on Beauty near Exchange Island.  About 8 miles from Ortega river.  Last anchor till December.  What a great night it was.  We had rain falling all night; washing the salt water off her before we hit fresh water where she’ll  get a good cleaning.

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As always thanks for following us!Red rose