Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Panama City Beach Fl
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We Made It!
Since my last post, we travelled to Fort Myers to close on the boat, provision and bring her home.
Someone said on here that the best boat to buy was one where the owners loved the boat and didn't really want to sell her, and I think Serenity fit that bill. Joe and Pam and the broker Ron, were the best people one could hope to meet when in the buying situation. They were very helpful, Joe made lists of what tools and provisions he thought we'd need to make the trip, set up the GPS with suggested routes and itineraries, filled the boat with fuel and water and then spent two days going over the systems with us. Joe and his wife Pam were just wonderful, quickly becoming friends. We stayed at their house and fed us while provisioning the boat. Many stories of their sailing adventures were told over beers and wine, Ron the broker treated us to lunch at the local saloon then took us to the local chandlery for supplies on our list, where we got a discount, and got us a free 60 day membership to TowUSA. (thank goodness we didn't need it on the trip).
We closed on Monday the 27th and left on the high tide of the 28th. Joe watched us until we rounded the bend in the canal from their house, I think I saw a tear glint from his eye, wouldn't have been surprised. It's land cruising for him and Pam for now.
Headed North behind Captiva, Sanibel and Cayo Costa Islands, went out into the Gulf through Boca Grand Pass (nasty on a falling tide, TowUSA was kept busy that day, the 28th, pulling folks off the bars on either side of the channel) then North up the Coast (well off, we nearly had a disaster ourselves when we touched the bar, but a quick spin of the wheel and we were off and back in the channel) to Tampa-St. Pete. When we saw Egmont Key lighthouse we made our turn toward Panama City and for the next couple of days pushed through nasty little storms, glassy mornings, flying fish and dolphins, stars like we'd not seen in a long time (Genie counting falling stars and what ever happened to the Milky Way at home?) not one single boat light for 48 hours, then finally the fishing boats off Apalachicola, passed Cape San Blas without spotting land (fine with me, too many hazards in that area), made our turn North toward Panama City and finally arrived through St. Andrew's Pass at 2000 the first of July. Now berthed at St. Andrew's Marina. Wow, what a maiden voyage!
Last edited by pinayreefer; 07-04-2011 at 03:29 PM.