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Two Long-Distance Cruisers Find the Upside of Downsizing

Jim and Lisa Favors have been avid boaters in the Great Lakes area for over 20 years. They spent the first year of retirement cruising the 6,000-mile Great Loop route on a 40' trawler. One year soon turned into five years of cruising as liveaboards.

"We're excited to continue our boating adventures on Kismet, a Ranger Tug R27. Flexibility, mobility and affordability – trailerable boating is the wave of the future. More bang for the buck as we also use our tug as an RV when traveling to a cruising destination."

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New Friends, Laughter, and a Cozy Bed to Boot – Palm City, FL

on January 15th, 2015 in CRUISING :, EAST COAST:, FLORIDA: by | Comments New Friends, Laughter, and a Cozy Bed to Boot – Palm City, FL

One of the reasons we love to boat is that we are more prone to make new friends while we’re on or around the boat. We met Alyn & Diane in our hometown, Traverse City, they also live there part of the year, we share a passion for boating. One day they stopped…

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A Boating Haven – Indiantown, Florida

on January 13th, 2015 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA: by | Comments A Boating Haven – Indiantown, Florida

Leaving South Bay Cove in the morning put us with an early arrival to our day’s destination of Indiantown, located on the St. Lucie River, just off the big lake. On the way to our destination, we were intrigued by Slim’s riverside sign, too bad we didn’t have time to stop,…

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Rim Route to South Bay Cove on Lake Okeechobee, Florida

on January 12th, 2015 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Off Rim Route to South Bay Cove on Lake Okeechobee, Florida

From our one-night stop in LaBelle, we proceeded toward Lake Okeechobee (or in Seminole Indian language, Big Water), we’ll be taking the rim route around the lake instead of going straight across this time. The Okeechobee Waterway, which includes the Caloosahatchee River and the St. Lucie River, boasts a 134.3 nautical…

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A Simple Sailor Man

on January 11th, 2015 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Off A Simple Sailor Man

Tribute to a Friend: We lost a good friend. Tom Conrad passed away recently and the boating community lost one of its best. We met Tom and Patsy Conrad many years ago through AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association). If the Great Loop boating adventure did not exist, we probably would never have met – with the Conrads…

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The Belle of the Caloosahatchee – LaBelle, FL

on January 11th, 2015 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments The Belle of the Caloosahatchee – LaBelle, FL

  On our way east on the Caloosahatchee River today with our eye on making it to LaBelle’s free town dock for a one-night stay, we had to go through two locks to get there. The Caloosahatchee River always provides us with a scenic cruise and the easily accessible free dock was…

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Friends Helping Friends – Fort Myers, FL

on January 10th, 2015 in CRUISING :, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Friends Helping Friends – Fort Myers, FL

After spending the holidays at home in Traverse City, MI, we returned to Fort Myers, Florida for the start of our 2015 winter cruising season. Our plan this winter is to cruise to Key West from Fort Myers, spending most of our time in the Keys. Friends of Tom and Patsy…

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Fun Times, Good Friends – Fort Myers, Florida

on December 15th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Fun Times, Good Friends – Fort Myers, Florida

We planned our winter trip to include a month at Legacy Harbour Marina in Fort Myers. Many of our Looper friends stay in this area during the winter months, some of them at this marina. We find that boating is like that… we bump into Loopers or boaters we know everywhere we go,…

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Kismet Shares See Life Too’s Dock – Sanibel, Florida

on December 14th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Kismet Shares See Life Too’s Dock – Sanibel, Florida

While at the rendezvous, we had an invitation to stay at a fellow tugnut’s dock in Sanibel. How could we pass that up? Steve and Laurie, on See Life Too, were so gracious to share the dock behind their house with us for a few days. Sanibel is a beautiful island with excellent…

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New Pass Interlude Near Bonita Springs, Florida

on December 14th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments New Pass Interlude Near Bonita Springs, Florida

Lisa and I have an unquenched passion, as it relates to cruising, and it has to do with going places we’ve never been. With this in mind we departed Ft Myers Beach and instead of heading out into the open Gulf we decided to cruise the inside route through Estero Bay, south…

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Hooking Up with Friends – Fort Myers Beach, Florida

on December 13th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Hooking Up with Friends – Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Not a lot going on this time around for the crew of Kismet in Fort Myers Beach. We usually take a mooring ball, but this time we docked at Gulf Star Marina. It was Sunday when we arrived and we were treated to live music at the nearby restaurant, Doc Ford’s. Our…

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Old Florida Fishing Village on Pine Island – Matlacha, Florida

on December 13th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Old Florida Fishing Village on Pine Island – Matlacha, Florida

Pine Island boasts of having no traffic signals, tolls or high rises! Although we have been on Pine Island by car before, we had never visited by boat. Jim did some research and found Olde Fish House Marina, a local marina in Matlacha Pass, situated smack dab in the middle of one of…

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together – Cayo Costa State Park, Florida

on December 12th, 2014 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Birds of a Feather Flock Together – Cayo Costa State Park, Florida

Flotilla Cruise, Shark’s Teeth and Happy Hour on Heart Tug Mike Rizzo had organized a post rendezvous flotilla to Cayo Costa State Park for a one-night group anchor event, about a dozen boats participated. First, after anchoring, most of us dinghied to shore and the entrance of the park where we caught a buggy ride…

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2014 Ranger Tug Winter Rendezvous – Palm Island, Florida

on December 11th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments 2014 Ranger Tug Winter Rendezvous – Palm Island, Florida

Kismet is hustling to get to Palm Island Marina, in Cape Haze, to attend the 2014 Ranger Tug Winter Rendezvous. Over the four years we’ve own our Ranger Tug, we’ve met lots of other owners, some we’ll see again at this rendezvous and we looked forward to making new friends during the rendezvous….

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Two Options for Our Stay – Sarasota, Florida

on December 10th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Two Options for Our Stay – Sarasota, Florida

We always enjoy stopping in Sarasota for a few nights. The city is vibrant and provides a nice break for two salty tugnuts. For our first two nights, we choose the mooring ball option, just outside the harbor, instead of docking at Marina Jacks like we usually do. It was calm enough…

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Blog Reader’s SPECIAL

on December 9th, 2014 in BOOKS, CRUISING : by | Comments Blog Reader’s SPECIAL

$29.95 for Both Paperback Books When the Water Calls… We Follow and Women On Board Cruising (Regularly $44.90 for both books) Christopher Shustak (above) When the Water Calls… We Follow Charlotte Snider (below) Women On Board Cruising

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Waiting Out Bad Weather – Longboat Key, FL

on December 9th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Waiting Out Bad Weather – Longboat Key, FL

Nothing much to report about our stay at Longboat Key. The weather turned bad our second day on the hook, so we tied up at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant for our second night. Dockage is free if you have dinner at the restaurant. Dinner was great and we felt better tied to the…

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Exploring Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge

on December 8th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Exploring Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge

Fort Dade was built during the Spanish American War and remained in military control for many years. In 1974 the island was turned over to the State of Florida and became a state park in 1989. In 1974 the southern portion of the island became Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge…

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Pristine Anchorage at Mullet Key – Fort DeSoto State Park, Florida

on December 7th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Pristine Anchorage at Mullet Key – Fort DeSoto State Park, Florida

As one leaves the Gulf of Mexico to enter Tampa Bay, Mother Nature provides two keys that stand sentinel to the entrance of Tampa Bay. In 1889, Mullet Key, to the north, and Egmont Key, to the south, had fortresses built to guard against invasions that never came, remnants of both forts remain today in the…

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One-night Stay – Gulfport, Florida

on December 6th, 2014 in CRUISING : by | Comments One-night Stay – Gulfport, Florida

Gulfport is always a good stop, the little town is within a short walking distance of the marina and has lots of little beach restaurants and gift shops. We are just here for one night. I loved the pine needle crafts I saw in one of the shops, very “Old…

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Laid Back Beach Town – Pass-A-Grille, Florida

on December 5th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments Laid Back Beach Town – Pass-A-Grille, Florida

Lots of sights to see on the water today as we made our way to Pass-A-Grille. We anchored in Pass-A-Grille, in a big well just behind the beautiful Don Cesar hotel (above). We passed two “Rangers” today. The one above, looked like an interesting yacht. During our night at anchor we…

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