I spent an hour working on the plan for tomorrow (we are hoping to make Jacksonville, FL. I started to go through and was almost inside of the "boards" when the operator seemed to lose control of the bridge in the wind. The VHF marine radio whip antenna is about to be 4" below the steel beam of this bridge. Right after this bridge was another demand bridge, and then a restricted bridge within 2 miles. I'm … The anchor was up and we were moving at 7:15AM..also time to get a couple of good photos of sunrise over Daytona Beach!..and it was cold..47 degrees in Daytona Beach, setting a record low for the date. I was actually behind these two sailboats prior to the bridge, but they were only making about 5 knots. There is always one more "bird picture" to suck me in. The sailboat crossing under was a bit slower than our Beneteau, and he was out of sight in about 10 minutes. Wednesday 14 Oct, HHN, boat winterizing day 14: After the hoses-removing marathon yesterday, this morning I head into Annapolis with 3 objectives: get replacement hoses made up, deposit sails into a re-sell center, and visit Annapolis Rigging Company. Sailing a boat down the Atlantic ICW drafting almost 6' and with almost 65' to the top of our mast instruments was just hectic. As we headed back in toward the "Bridge of Lions", this old Fortress was on the west side of the waterway. This chartplotter photo shows us just north of Boca Grande with the cross hair on the Longboat Pass Bridge where we would come back inside from the Gulf. We arrived at the marina at 7:40 PM, stopped at the fuel docks and topped off..then we motored down to a "T-head" and tied up for the night. Here is THE bridge at Manteo. FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 2965 W State Road 84 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Phone: 954-791-9601 Fax: 954-791-8188: CLEVELAND, OH 5401 North Marginal Road Cleveland, Ohio 44114 Phone: 216-391-1900 Fax: 216-391-4710 NEWPORT BEACH, CA 2715 West Coast Hwy - Suite B Newport Beach, CA 92663 Phone: 949-631-6715 Fax: 954-602-9246: ANNAPOLIS… The plan is to anchor out for the evening. The sun was shining and Vic and I basked in the warmth that overwhelmed us as we crossed into "snowbird" territory.... And me trying to pilot the boat into warmer waters! The Cruising Boat – The 5 Step Plan to Purchasing It. It is normally open. Guess everyone and everything needs someplace to veg once in awhile! We were carrying 7' on our depth gauge. I had a rain slicker on, but my pants and shoes were soaked..it was cold and windy and I was whining! The anchorage on Mill Creek was pristine. I am sorry that the weather was so bad as we sailed through Charleston Harbor. Another home being renovated in " Money Central". When we finally went under the bridge about 11:45AM, the boards were showing a "scoosh" more than 65'. Checklists; Leave the Boat; On the Hard or In the Water; Marinas; Hurricane Preparedness; Return to the Boat; Maintenance. Once again today, there were lots of bridges, but our timing of the tides made the bridge transitions pretty easy. It is nice to get out where there is no ambient light and see what we used to see as kids.. We are now looking at Monday for our arrival into Longboat key. Annapolis Bare Boat fleet . Because the boats are electric, there is zero engine emissions or noise pollution to take away from the serenity of your adventure. Here are some of our favorite anchorages. Below please find a list of marinas with boat slips available during this time. One of the first things that I learned as I motored and sailed south is that there is a major difference in the tide changes as we travel through SC and GA. There were many miles of marsh and uninhabited (a least by humans) real estate. | Here we both are, sailing in to Melbourne Harbor Marina for the evening. Vic has crashed and I am close behind...Now all we need to day is to keep the rain at bay on Wednesday! These high rises are just north of Gov't Cut which is the Harbor entrance. I doubt that we will make Charleston, SC, but we should get within 20 miles. They lost their windex as well as the "Anchor Light" at the mast head...brand new boat..what a shame. I had to wait another 1/2 hour for the opening..got through at the 2PM opening..cost us 1 hour...more to come...9 more to come:(. | After the North Newport River, we picked up the South Newport River, and down into Sapelo Sound. We were relieved..but only until the ominous black clouds of a thunderstorm overwhelmed us. Comments (2). I managed to get the "connector" canvas over the cockpit of the boat to at least keep us out of the worst of the rain. From this evening's vantage point, it appears that we will need 10 more days to make it around to Long Boat Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida. We watched local traffic a bit more carefully at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, and Shollote River inlet, and managed to avoid running aground. 2004 - 2005 Cut The Dock Lines! This is an interesting town. This makes me smile! I would like to as well, but I have learned that if I don't get this done before I head to bed, that I will lose it tomorrow. This is just a beautiful city that is surrounded by water. "Twice Blessed" also holds about 160 gal or water. Posted at 11:00 PM | Permalink We were out of the weather around 5:15 with Mason Inlet on our bow. Today turned out to be our first day over 100 miles. File Number: 815174: Filing State: Florida (FL) Domestic State: Maine (ME) Filing Status: Inactive: Filing Date: January 6, 1972: Company Age: 48 … Much of the time, the wind was blowing in the opposite direction of the tidal current. Lastly, there were many bird pictures that we took today..but this one made the blog... All in all not a bad day..only scraped one bridge, covered more than 80 miles, temperatures were in the 80s (I see that the lows are in the 30s tonight in York, PA)...no rain, and no wrong turns. I have an application on my Iphone for maritime navigation with charts and the internal GPS on the Iphone. They are calling for 2-4' waves in close and 4-6' out in the Gulf Stream. See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. The sun set around 6:55PM..we had a great view.. We tied up about 5 minutes later at Moss Marina. He had a custom trailer made and took it to our upstate NY home and over the winter turned it into our family fishing center console. Unfortunately, we had to go out here, or stop for the day (in hindsight it might have been better to stop here like Seabreeze did). This is the St. Lucie Inlet out to the Atlantic Ocean. Around 4PM the seas calmed to about 4 feet as the winds dropped from 25 knots to about 10 knots. We planned for a late start this morning. The wind was blowing us pretty briskly into the dock. I heard some commotion on the docks as we were trying to get settled last night. I was anxious about running into something so I wandered off the bank about 100'....and immediately ran aground for the 3rd time. This is one huge building. Here are some of the homes and buildings that we saw going south, especially in Fort Lauderdale.. In fact, this was the very first time that I have been out on the sailboat and could not see land in any direction. The folks at the Marina pointed us to a nice restaurant down the street. The 1970 debut of the Annapolis Boat Shows marked a new concept - the first in-water sailboat show in the country held at City Dock. One issue being this far out in the middle of no where is that there is no cell coverage, no TV, minimal radio (although we have XM on the boat). We found another pelican nesting ground just behind Jeykll Island. | The Little Mud River is the 2nd worst spot on the ICW. We turned north on the ICW to head back to "Bridge Tender Marina". It is a "Ronca 25" and it is supposed to have great holding properties. The bad news is that I never really had a good stretch of sleep. Our goal for today was to make it to Daytona Beach around MM 835. We might go outside tomorrow if the seas die down a bit, but for today, it will be inside. Available days are October 8 through the 12th. Preferred boat type . We encountered the Ben Sawyer Memorial Swing Bridge as just west of Isle of Palms. No wonder! The Chart Plotter photo is showing our course as up, so north is actually at the bottom of the image. I heard him yelling that he had just caught breakfast. Tonight we had an early dinner..before 6PM and decided to close up the boat as the mosquitos are veracious around here. This fellow was sailing south single handed..not sure where he was ending his journey, but we have crossed paths the last few days. Birds are everywhere along the Waterway, especially cormorants and pelicans. Vic and I have eaten at the restaurant next to this lighthouse a couple of years ago when we stopped in the plane for fuel. At this point, we have reconnected with the ICW at MM "173". They had to fly at least 22 miles to get here...why?? Shortly after our bridge passage, we came across this site. We did about 100 statue miles today and finally reconnected with the ICW on our journey south. Tampa is a major city in, and the county seat of, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. The good news is that the new Ronca 25 held tight. #everythingboats We pulled out into the Elizabeth River and turned south at 7:30AM. The top of the windex is 64' 7". This includes 8,090 new vessels and 8,080 used boats, available from both individual owners selling their own boats and professional boat dealers who can often offer boat financing and extended boat … The hope was that the full moon would provide good illumination as we motored into the Great Wicomico around 7:15PM. Winds were brisk until we were down near the Patuxent River. At first it was just an annoying drizzle, but eventually become an incessant downpour. Our main Maryland office is now located in the heart of downtown Annapolis at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, situated in one of the most highly visible & exclusive communities on the Bay. We found 3.5' of water even though it was several hours before low tide. We couldn't leave to go cruising until fall of 2004, so we looked for a marina that we could easily spend 50 nights a year on the boat, learning to cruise and getting the boat ready to leave the country. We also still have to engage a drawbridge, cross the St. John's River (the main ship channel into Jacksonville), and cross under two fixed bridges on a rising tide...I am definitely nervous at this point. Marathon is about 100 miles southwest in the Keys. The ride out to Hawks Channel was about 8 miles before we even turned south. And here is a shot at the southwest end of the island. We are averaging between 9.5 and 10 miles per hour, so a 7:15 AM departure should get us there by 12:15 PM. We lose on both counts. We will have to wait tomorrow for the tide to drop a few feet so that we can assure a comfortable clearance under this one...which also means that we get to sleep in at least until 8AM tomorrow! It is in the low 80s this evening and very humid. VIEW: TABLE PHOTO-TABLE Click a column header to sort. Home > Bareboat Charters > Annapolis. We needed to top off our fuel tanks and could also check out the water levels at the bridge. Page created - December 11, 2013. Our home is just to the left of the big banyan tree in the photo. The wind was blowing directly down the river from the NW and it was a short but rough trip to the south side and Pablo Creek. As we pulled out, I took this pic looking back at Bahia Blue Marina. | Heading south, we passed the Bodie Island Light House and then picked up the bridge over Oregon Intlet. Boy am I tired of dealing with bridges this evening. I will take it..makes the bridges easier on my stomach! Vicki is still in Texas helping her daughter, Cassidie, with her first baby, so my brother, Steve, sailed with me as "first mate". We had not gone 100 yards when we encountered our first of many bridges today. After spending 7 days on the boat, everything rocked until this morning. A cold front was pushing through with strong winds straight out of the west. It is a suburb of Savannah, so it was also a good place to get some groceries, have dinner off the boat, do some laundry, and just get ready for a couple days out and away. With some luck, the plan is to drop him off as we pass through Wilmington in about a week and pick up Vicki. We had planned a long run for today..almost 90 nautical miles (102 statute miles). She and her husband sold everything, bought a motor trawler, and headed south to the Keys. We were flying, motorsailing with the genoa out, doing over 7 knots at times! After much preparation, we finally pulled away from our dock on Spa Creek in Annapolis at 10AM. Best to be picked up by week of 4/24 and delivered by 5/4/17. I have leased a hangar here for my Cirrus SR22 airplane, which I plane to bring south sometime in December. 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