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LOL! It was COLD in that garb yesterday, even with fleece longies underneath. I think we're packing it away for the season. "Aaargh" you again in the spring.
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Well, thanks for the advice on herring bay and the river. I'll research that.
Today , I think we're gonna plan on staying put. I don't like the small craft adv. and the outlook seems like a little more than our comfort factor.
Other than our desire to get to warmer weather we aren't on any schedule or deadline and really no place we need to be.
Other than the cold issue, this is as good a place to be as any, I guess.
The other factors are;
1. I need to look at another mainsail, the one I have is from a hunter 27 and is old ripped rotten ,blown out of shape and the wrong size for this boat.
2. The dinghy leaks so fast that you have to bail as fast as you row and we're tired of our feet being wet and cold. I can fix the leaks , just takes a little time.
3. I didn't bring much (any) cold weather gear , figurin' we'd be going south and be warm ! well , so much for that. I need to go to a good will and find a cheap coat and maybe some other clothes. Fortunately the rest of the crew is better prepared. I've just been trying to "tuff it out" but it's wearing on me.
4. I gotta get things straightened out on deck better, way outta control and needs to be addressed. Looks like hell and is just wrong.
So, I guess we'll be learning the bus system and walking a bit today. I believe the house of concern is supposed to be near Bacon's so I can kill two birds w/ one stone going ashore. then this afternoon or tommorrow address the dinghy and deck issues.
Always feel less stressed after I formulate a plan.
I have to agree ol' winter is knocking at the door, but I think it would be foolish to head out w/ the issues that need addressing.
On a good note the couple anchored near us have been here a while also heat w/ wood and are staying around for a while finishing their issues aboard. Chatted w/ them yesterday while we dinghy/bailed by and they seemed friendly, always encouraging when we're not the only ones.
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Tolerance to cold is directly related to where you live.
It seems folks south of the mason dixon line do not tolerate the cold very well.

Up in NH we don't roll up the car windows until it's at least 20, then we only roll em half way up.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Well , I was born and spent the first thirty years in the fingerlakes region of NY and used to to winter camping. then I spent 15 years in florida and liked not freezing, So I understand .
The first mate ,however has alot of that thin southern blood from 30 years of daytona life and she doesn't like being cold,at all. When she is it becomes uncomfortable for us both,if ya' know what I mean.
My daughter (8) would run barefoot in the snow if we let her.
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The first mate ,however has alot of that thin southern blood from 30 years of daytona life and she doesn't like being cold,at all. When she is it becomes uncomfortable for us both,if ya' know what I mean.
I get it. Like the saying goes, "happy wife, happy life"
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Alright then , I guess I'll measure the leading edge of the mainsail track again and the boom length and make my way to bacon's and the salvation army. wisk me luck.
I can already feel the cash being sucked out of my wallet.
I hate parting w/ my money, really I do. we have such little time together it seems.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

I always thought small craft advisories were announcements that there would be no stinkpotters in the way. Gale advisories get my attention.

Although, good idea to be sure you are properly fitted out for the trip.

Since you are trying to get south for the weather, it can stay cold this time of year until you get to Georgia.

When will you need to head north again, or I should say, when do you need to be home?
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I always thought small craft advisories were announcements that there would be no stinkpotters in the way. Gale advisories get my attention.

Although, good idea to be sure you are properly fitted out for the trip.

Since you are trying to get south for the weather, it can stay cold this time of year until you get to Georgia.

When will you need to head north again, or I should say, when do you need to be home?
I guess I over-react to the weather thing some times. Probably could have gone no problem.
The real stress I guess is/was the leaky dingy,the cold,and the crappy main sail.
I checked out Bacon and a couple other options and even cruised craigslist a little.
The sun came out, I had a little something to eat , and now the feeling of panic and urgency has past ! I got to thinkin' "hey, I'm fine, calm down" wife says it's a blood sugar thing. could be.
As for being back "home" I guess spring time april-may would work. Again , I gotta remember this is a vacation/adventure/journey not a death march and it really doesn't matter where we go or don't go we're just floatin' around. I'd like to get to the Keys but if it doesn't happen- Meh I'll store the boat or sell it and try again next year.
But so far we're on track, we've got time and haven't run out of money . So I guess we're good.
Now to decide about the mainsail. Looked at a few ranging from $200-$1000 decisions decisions. Guess I'll work at a few other issues and procrastinate a bit longer.
repair dinghy leak,get a coat, maybe some rubber boots,gloves, you know-stuff I already have but didn't bring along ! gotta work on that packing list.
So, we'll chill at anchor and work through it.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

If your current sail is blown, you're best with a replacement. But, if it just doesn't fit well, it may be less expensive to have it cut. A few hundred dollars would buy a lot of surgery to a sail.

Good to have some warm clothing for the return trip too. Mid-Atlantic in April can be just as dicey. Buy some plastic space bags. When you get south and don't need them, borrow a shop vac and shrink it all for storage.
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Re: Finger Lakes,NY to Key West,Fl.

Another hat trick-

Yesterday looked a little grim at theonset, then I took the bull by the horns.
Went ashore walked to bacon sails and WOW what a place spent the whole afternoon there looking at everything. At the end of the day I got everything I needed and didn't spend over $165.00 for all of it !
Another mainsail- 7.5 oz great shape, good fit leach line,bolt rope,cunningham cable All I needed to add was 17 cringles for the slides, did that this morning.
Also found a great chart magnifying glassw/ a light. A good pair of rubber boots, an extra air pumb for the deflatable dinghy, An last but not least a COAT yes and a fowl weather coat at that ! $25 had a bad zipper which I'll replace today when I get out the sewing machine.
This morning I hauled the hard dinghy and repaired the leaks , now waiting for the 3m to set up and we're back in buss.
The people at Bacon are great, even gave us a ride back to the dinghy dock after closing so we didn't have to walk, nice people and they love working there.
Beautiful day today ,sunny a bit cool.
Gonna check the forcast and take one more dinghy ride for some mik ,bread,eggs and then onward we weather permitting.
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