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Got My Butt Kicked Today

Finally getting my new bank card Friday, after anchoring out Saturday night, I made my way, at last, out of Miami. The plan was, head offshore for an overnight run to Fort Pierce. Forecast called for winds from the East at 15-20 knots with seas 2-4 feet, building to 4-6 in the afternoon. So much for the forecast!

Heading out Government Cut I was greeted by crossing seas of 8 to 10 feet, running into the wind. No problem I thought, it's just here at the Inlet where they are bunching up, so onward I pressed. That's about when I noticed the incoming container ship. I was making one, maybe two knots of forward progress, getting tossed like a salad, and now a SHIP.

Somehow, I made it out, turned NE and rolled out a bit of the jib, hoping the deeper water would be better. Well, it wasn't. The 2-4 foot seas, were already at least 4-6 and the thought of trying to go back in where I just came out, was not appealing. Finally getting some sea room, I set good old Otto, and retired under the dodger. After a couple of hours of this, I realized this wasn't going to work for another 24 hours. So I decided to head in at Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale.

Finally making my way in, I was amazed to see a number of boats hobbyhorsing their way out to where I had just been. Fortunately though, the seas weren't as bad coming in here as they had been when I left Miami. It wasn't till I got in, and started making my way up the ICW that I began do think I'd have been better off outside. Megayachts to jetskis, they were all out there, and seemingly oblivious to any one or thing but themselves. Then, there were the bridges. Where I would circle and circle, waiting for the next opening, dodging previously mentioned watercraft in the process.

I may not have the prettiest boat, or the fastest boat, but I can tell you one thing, she is one tough broad. And for all the things the PO did wrong, at least he left me with a clean fuel tank!

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Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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To Boldly Go !!! Nice report.
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More like.... To Stupidly Go
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Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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Hey, John-

How else are you going to get experience like that if you don't go out in conditions like that??? When the excrement hits the impeller, having some good experience like that will do nothing but help...

I bet you have a lot more faith in your boat now that you've seen how she handles that stuff.
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Actually, the first two rounds of it were enough experience for me. Round 3 just beat me up! I know what you're saying though, and it is true.

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Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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Well, at least you know that she can go all three rounds without flinching... and yes, usually the boats are far tougher than the humans who sail them.
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So when are the new hand holds and stronger reef lines going in?

Those seas look about eight feet, with a couple closer to ten. That's as much wave height as I've been in in Lake Ontario, but it does tell you which cuphooks are loose...

Seriously, good work. The Ontario 32 is a tough old bird, and when I think that you could have been out there in something like a Hunter 33...eek!
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Already have good handholds, though I have been thinking about adding one in the head.

Actually, as I was coming in at Port Everglades there was a large Catalina and Benetau heading out. If I'd had a Hunter 33, would have stayed in the ditch in the first place. At 13 hp, my poor boat is seriously underpowered.

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Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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The ICW stretch between Lauderdale and W. Palm is the worst 50 miles of the whole stretch.
Suggestion: when you get up around Ft. Pierce heading north on ICW stop off at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina and pick up a mooring. They provide a real nice lounge...free bus service to anything (West Marine, Supermarkets, Wal-Mart) and nice hot showers for a buck. One of my favorite places to hang out. (If you stop there...say hi to the folks on Odyssey...a Pacific Seacraft37 for me!)

Good job so far John!
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