Crazy Hat Beach Party and Low Country Boil

As you can see there were a lot of fun and creative hat constructions during the Crazy Hat Beach Party and Low Country Boil event on Wednesday night during the MTOA 2012 Southern Rendezvous. We'll let the photos speak for themselves – it sure was a lot of fun. We think Robert, here with his wife Kaye, on C-Life,  should have won first prize for his hat creation – we know he had a lot of fun making it. Frank Erwin (above), recent, past President of MTOA, is ready with his hat, a big smile and a good display of turtle…

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MTOA 2012 Southern Rendezvous

Since pirates played a major role in the settlement of Amelia Island the local gang helped kick off the start of the MTOA 2012 Southern Rendezvous, in Fernandina Beach, at the first morning meeting. MTOA is only one of a couple of the boat clubs we belong to. The club is non-profit and member operated – the yearly events are lots of fun. Every time you volunteer to contribute to the club or an event, you gain a turtle pin. It's not hard to see who the hard workers are as the turtle pins are proudly displayed during the rendezvous.…

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Our “First Ever” Shrimp Boil

First, our friend Ellen and her husband, Roy, on Our Turn, came up with the idea to have a simple, but festive, evening on the dock tonight and procured shrimp from these fishermen (above and below). This was only the first 150 lbs she bought, it was such a popular topic on the docks, people wanted to buy more the next day, so Ellen ended up purchasing the rest of the catch these guys had to sell, another 150 lbs. This all transpired the day before the rendezvous started, people were still arriving and getting settled in. We were all…

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Around and About Fernandina Beach, Florida

All snuggled in at Fernadina Beach Marina for the MTOA 2012 Southern Rendezvous. We were happy to meet up again with the crew on Mosey (above), we last saw them in Marathon in February. Also in attendance at the rendezvous was the crew of Active Captain (below). We had left the marina for a little cruise and to get a pump out. The paper mill (see the smoke behind the boats) was an interesting sight. On the way out of the marina for our pump out, we got some good photos of Roy, Ellen and Lucy, on Our Turn (above).…

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Fernandina Beach – Here We Come

Our last stop in Florida this year is Fernadina Beach to attend the MTOA 2012 Souhern Rendezvous. We've never had the pleasure of visiting Amelia Island when going up or down this coast, but we've only heard good things about this friendly little resort town. We were surprised that, since we got there late in the day, we were able to park and stay on the boat in the marina parking lot overnight without being hassled. We think Fernadina is making a few exceptions during the rendezvous because it is a big event for this town and they'd like MTOA…

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2012 MTOA Gathering in Marathon

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 Roy (Our Turn) (below) are trying to hide from the sun under that sad little palm tree at 1 Palm Tree Ct. It was a hot one but we don't look to be suffering too much. We also got to meet Pete Donnelly (above - member 0001 - First member…

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