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United States’ Most Southern Destination, Key West, Florida

on March 1st, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

After three grueling days in the boat yard, we arrived at our most southern destination for our winter 2012 boating season, Key West; well, Stock Island actually, one island up from KW. We’ll be docked for a month at Key West Harbour. Stock Island is close enough to Key West…

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Boat Yard Blues – Part Two

on February 29th, 2012 in Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, MODIFICATIONS & UPGRADES TO KISMET, Ranger Tug, TRAILERABLE TRAWLERS :, TWEETS: by | Comments

I am truly in the swing of things on day two in the boat yard. The good news is the On & Off product helped de-wax the hull, one of the steps needed to properly prepare the hull for bottom paint. Next, and it was probably overkill, I applied acetone…

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2012 Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration”

on February 26th, 2012 in AGLCA – Great Loop Group, BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

The 2012, Third Annual Looper “Sunset Celebration” was a huge success with over 120 in attendance. It was a little windy (not a problem for Loopers) – lots of good food was shared along with a chance to reacquaint ourselves with old friends. Thanks Patricia & George Hospodar for organizing the…

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Happy Hour Special – Stone Crabs at Keys Fisheries

on February 24th, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Amazing as it seems, Jim and I have never tried stone crab claws, so, off we go for the well known happy hour at Keys Fisheries Restaurant in Marathon. This is a good way to try this seafood special at a great price and we love the atmosphere. We’ve been…

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Dining in the Keys with Crew of Chip Ahoy

on February 22nd, 2012 in CRUISING :, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Dinner in the marina tonight with friends Scott and Cyndi Perkins, on Chip Ahoy. It’s always a pleasure to bump into this couple whom we met on our first Great Loop boat trip in 2006. Also from Michigan, Scott and Cyndi sail down Florida’s West Coast to the Keys every…

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2012 MTOA Gathering in Marathon

on February 22nd, 2012 in BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, EAST COAST:, Florida Keys, FLORIDA:, MTOA – Marine Trawler Owners' Assoc., TWEETS: by | Comments

Another fun party in Marathon. Ken Chumley, on Mosey, organized the 2012 MTOA Gathering on the docks of Sombrero Dockside Marina (same spot as our Tuesday night pot luck a few days ago). It was a good time with lots of food and conversation. Lorenzo (Little David), Lisa, Ellen and…

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Leaving Goodland Early A.M.

on February 16th, 2012 in CRUISING :, EAST COAST:, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

We arrived back at Goodland yesterday afternoon and anchored in the basin next to the marina and hauled the boat out early this morning and tried to clean the bottom up a little. We’re hoping to get to Marathon early enough to relaunch and get settled at the marina.  …

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Going Back in Time at Everglade City’s Rod and Gun Club

on February 15th, 2012 in CRUISING :, EAST COAST:, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Our mission today was to leave our anchorage in Russell Pass somewhat early in the morning and head over to Everglades City (located along the Barron River on the boundary of Everglades National Park), about a seven mile run. We’ve been hearing about the Rod and Gun Club since our…

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On Our Way to Everglade City

on February 15th, 2012 in CRUISING :, EAST COAST:, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

We’ve been through the Everglades twice in the past six years but we’ve never made it to Everglade City. Today that will change as we are headed there to have lunch at the infamous Rod and Gun Club. A beautiful day to cruise in the Everglades, calm water and clouds…

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Valentine’s Day Dinner in Russell Pass – Everglades National Park

on February 14th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Not many women get an opportunity to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with their sweetie in a remote setting like our anchorage tonight in Russell Pass – Everglades National Park. It might not appeal to some but I have to tell you I’m lovin’ it. We’re anchored tonight with…

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Pulling Out at Fort Myers Beach – Driving to Goodland, Florida to Relaunch

on February 13th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

We’ve completed almost two Great Loop boat trips (a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States from the Heartland Rivers to the North Atlantic Seaboard, Canada and the Great Lakes) and both times we bypassed a few stops we wished we had had time to include in our schedule while in…

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Up Early for the Farmer’s Market

on February 10th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

In true boater tradition, Ranger Tug owners still at the rendezvous, Carol, Jess, Cheryll, and myself got up early to hit the Farmer’s Market about two blocks away from the marina under the San Carlos Blvd. Bridge. It was a small affair but we all found something we needed.

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The Historic Village of Boca Grande

on February 1st, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

The Historic Village of Boca Grande, on the island of Gasparilla, is located at the southern tip of the Cape Haze Peninsula on Florida’s Southwest Coast midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. Nature has blessed this lush barrier island with seven miles of powdery white beaches stretching the entire Gulf…

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A Manatee Encounter…

on January 31st, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

… well the Kadey Krogen kind anyways. This trawler’s name was also Manatee. She sure looked good on the water today with the bright colors and her manatee sail catching the wind as she made her way by us on the  GICW. We stopped to exchange greetings and to see…

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Stopping at Pop’s – Nokomis Beach, Florida

on January 29th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

On our way to a Nokomis and a little restaurant we’ve passed a few times when traveling through this area. Today we decided to make Pop’s a lunch stop and to meet up with fellow MTOA members, Fred and Lorraine Ford-Smith. Fred and Lorraine met us on the dock and…

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Ringling Circus & Art Museum – Sarasota, FL

on January 28th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Established in 1948, the Ringling Circus Museum celebrates the American circus. located just north of Sarasota the museum is a must see for visitors to the Sarasota area.The museum was the first in the country to document the rich history of the circus. More recently the world’s largest miniature circus…

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Time for Some Big City Action in Sarasota

on January 28th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

When we’ve been anchoring out a lot we look forward to getting into a big city marina and we can’t think of a better place along this beautiful Gulf Coast than Sarasota. It has everything here to satisfy a cruising boater. Nice marina facilities (Marina Jack), restaurants right on the…

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First Time in Gulfport, Florida

on January 25th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

On our way to Gulfport today. Great cruising weather, calm as could be, not too many boat wakes to contend with and we were happy about that. We’ve heard lots of good reports from other boaters about this little community near St. Petersburg. We made arrangements to stay one-night at the…

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Redington Beach Anchor – Florida

on January 23rd, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Anchoring in Florida is a real treat. Lots of options available, we decide to try a few new spots (new to us anyways). Instead of anchoring in St. Pete Beach, which we’ve done a couple of times before, we stopped a little earlier and tried this spot off Redington Beach….

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Captain Greg and Monster Help Us Fuel Up

on January 23rd, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

Before leaving Tarpon Springs we needed to top off the fuel tank, we found the F & Y fuel dock close to the Sponge Docks and we were surprised at all the help we got. Captain Gregg and his little dog Monster greeted us along with the fuel guy and…

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Are You a Turtle?

on January 22nd, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

I was doing laundry at Turtle Cove Marina’s Club House during our last day in Tarpon Springs when Jim joined me and we decided to have a beer in the club’s bar. It appears Jim had an ulterior motive for meeting me at the club house, he had heard they…

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Colorful and Delicious Tarpon Springs, FL

on January 17th, 2012 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, TWEETS: by | Comments

We dropped the boat in at a boat ramp in Tarpon Springs (below), one of our favorite cruising destinations. Lots of good food, colorful people and happy music. While at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday we came across this memorial to Mother Meres (above), in the 1880s, she became one…

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Kismet Goes Into Storage Until After the Holidays

on October 27th, 2011 in RESEARCH– Trailerable Trawlers :, TWEETS: by | Comments

It was a fun trip but sometimes good things must come to a… temporary halt (I was about to say END but heaven forbid that our boating lifestyle would end when it just seems to have started). Before we headed out west we had made arrangements with the RV Park…

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Back to Padre Bay Canyon – Last Night at Anchor in Lake Powell

on October 17th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

We spent our last night in Lake Powell anchored in Padre Bay, the same area we anchored our first night out. This time we found a little cove that was quite a bit more protected just over the hill from our first anchorage site. With a very clean, sandy beach…

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Dungeon Canyon Took Our Breaths Away

on October 15th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

We found Dungeon Canyon to be quite impressive. It’s another wide open area with lots of sites to beach anchor, plenty of space between boats for added privacy. As the day progressed, we enjoyed watching the way the light changed on the different rock faces surrounding us as the sun…

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More Textures of Lake Powell’s Canyon Rocks

on October 14th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

Sorry, just had to post these photos. As an artist and photographer I was completely mesmerized by the organic art ready to be found in the rock formations in Lake Powell. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  

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Cruising Twilight, Driftwood and Mountain Sheep Canyons

on October 14th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

Exploring Twilight, Driftwood and Mountain Sheep Canyons today. We found this small arch (below) forming just inside one of the canyons. We traveled back as far as we could in each canyon, not many anchor spots available here, so we eventually headed over to Dungeon Canyon to camp for the…

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Back to Oak Bay for a Peaceful Night

on October 14th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

We would have loved to beach anchor in Davis Gulch today after our tour of it, but the only available site was already taken, so back to Oak Bay for us tonight. As we mentioned before this is a popular spot and even though it is off season there were…

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Canyon Walls of Lake Powell

on October 13th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

Here are just a few examples of the variety of wall shapes and colors you might see while cruising Lake Powell. We couldn’t help but wonder what they faced to become so sculptured and colored. We saw walls with huge jagged pieces clearly pulling away from its mother rock –…

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Good Morning Cottonwood Canyon

on October 12th, 2011 in CRUISING :, Lake Powell, TWEETS: by | Comments

Our last morning in Cottonwood Canyon was as still as could be. This made it even harder to leave this beach anchorage, but we knew we would have a morning full of visual delights as we headed out towards our day’s destination, Davis Gulch and Llewellyn Gulch. The sky and water…

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