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Jim Fueling Up


With the price of fuel spiking up to as high as $5.64 gal on the water in Miami, Florida, it’s no wonder there’s so much chatter about not boating as much this summer season. For those planning on long cruises or embarking on the Great Loop I have a couple of thoughts on how to have your cake and eat it too. There are several Internet sites that provide daily updated fuel prices, the two I use are and In checking prices as I was writing this article I found fuel prices to range (eastern Florida) from as low as $3.60-gal to as high as the $5.64-gal in Miami. $2.00-gal makes a big difference in being able to afford getting out onto the water vs spending all your time thethered to the dock most of the season. Make sure to check where the best value is before fueling so you can maximize your boating enjoyment. The other suggestion…

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Boca Chita

Making a Run Down to Key West

Still in Florida – we took a little break from our boat search and got back onto the water for 10 fantastic days. Our friend Rick Garton asked if we would mind taking his Fathom, Wishing Star, from Fort Lauderdale to Key West. How could we refuse such an offer? So the day after the Trawler Fest we worked our way through the busy ICW of metro Miami; we were headed 17 miles southeast to the Island of Boca Chita. If you’re heading south in this area Boca Chita is where the Florida Keys really start and we have always wanted to return to this island paradise! In a well-protected palm tree lined cove, with a break-wall, there is room for up to 20 boats to dock – it’s a great spot to stop for a day or two. We climbed up the winding stairs of the lighthouse, walked the beach and the island trail all while having picture perfect…

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Lisa On Ranger Tugs R27

Trawler Fest and the Naples Boat Show

Two Boat Shows – Lots to Consider While in Florida for the Fort Lauderdale and Naples Boat Shows, we had a free afternoon to walk along New River in Fort Lauderdale. As we were strolling the River Walk on this clear sunny day, we came across a rather large yacht named After You and thought the name seemed an appropriate description to the process Lisa and I are going through, as it relates to changing our boating lifestyle from a full-size trawler to a trailerable trawler. (The "after you" reference would, of course, refer to our previous boat, Kismet, a Fathom 40.) So far, during the boat shows, we’ve been able to tour, inspect, poke and prod our way through the Ranger 27 and 29, an Aspen 26, a 25.5’ C-Dory TomCat and a Rosborough 25’ Sedan Cruiser. Each boat has features and benefits that are unique to their boat and that’s exactly what we were wanting to investigate. As an…

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Heading South

Ok! Ok! Ok!  So enough of this winter snow and cold weather. After several years cruising down south on our boat during the winter, enjoying the warm southern climates, we were actually looking forward to spending our first winter in our hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a blast – but, It’s been nine months now, enough time to have had a baby. We haven’t spent any quality time in and or around boats (not counting the sale and delivery of Kismet) since we moved home. Sure, last summer, we walked the docks, had drinks on friends boats, even gone on a dinghy ride or two but that was all just a big tease, just enough to wet our appetite for the pastime we really enjoy most – boating. A few months ago our friend Rick asked if we would be interested in moving his trawler, Wishing Star, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida down to Key…

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Time for a Change

Why? More Flexibility! When we look back at our on our years together we fondly remember how we discovered that one of our mutual passions was boating. It all started with a 20-foot Four Winns runabout. We used that runabout, as a family boat, to water ski, to overnight on (under the stars many times – very romantic) and trailer places a little farther from home. We hauled that little boat all over our little corner of northwest Michigan, and surrounding areas, exploring the many lakes we’re so blessed with in the Great Lakes state. We found that we could easily tow it to a spot on the Great Lakes, or any of the inland lakes, plunk it in the water – all in a matter of minutes. I guess we were always in the moment as it related to boating and we never thought too much about a larger boat until one day Jim started to think about buying…

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