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Siting next to Gary on a mooring ball here in Marathon. We have been having a great time here. Gary sang to the four of us last night. We had a blast!! The night before we partied on my boat. Poured everyone into their dinks and prayed no one would fall in. Key West today.
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Glad you made it Gary. Hope to see you soon. Blowing stink right now off Useppa. Delaying my tortugas trip. May just come see you. You will serenade me too, right? Don't forget you promised to babysit for a few years. When should I drop the kids off?
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

My kids said those three wonderful words every father wants to hear - "Dad- I'm leaving!"

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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Always fun to read about your adventures! We left about the same time in opposite directions. Me bringing my boat home to NC from Hilton Head and you heading south to florida. I just got the boat docked at its new home marina in NC about 2 hrs ago. Same deal, bad weather when I left HH, engine died off shore in zero wind conditions, repairs, hurricane sandy. It was a piecemeal trip up the coast, broken up by work commitments and a upper respiratory infection. Glad I did it, hopefully the next trip will be smoother! Keep on reporting of your adventures. I will be reading them jealously while I slave away.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Gary, I have been keeping up with your progress. I have to say, it's guy's like you that takes the luff out of the mainsail in my mind and fills it full of wind. Your post have left me checking more often than ever the SN site, looking for a new post. To me its like a drug I crave. I'am so glad you have had a safe trip. I too had some packing problems lately. just tighten ask on here for some pointers and by the end of the week I had fixed the problem on my own. I'am glad Mel made it back. I know you missed her. I am know were ready to do the ditch singled handed or knot. I have put a lot of time in learning and asking for help this past year. I have refurbished a old C&C 30 MK1 this year and sailed the crp out of her learning all that I can. But having to work a job, it's not easy finding time to cast off. Even finding people that want to go is not easy. I think I put 18 trips in and sailed an average of 10 miles each sail. Now winter is her and November only say her off the dock once.

Anyway great post, Man!! you are my hero. I will keep looking for your post . Stay safe. P.S coming back north if you need to stop in Beaufort SC I have a Safe storm Mooring ball you can use for a few days if you like. I will by ya a beer.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

At 10:30 Am

It is sunny & 69 degrees in Key West, FL
It is snowy & 22 degrees in Greenfield, NH

Not sure why I do this to myself....

Hope ya'll get a sunburn today
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Curtis,

Thanks for the offer of the mooring ball - just might take you up on that when I head north again. (arghhh) Hate the thought of leaving this beautiful place.

This morning, the winds are whistling at about 12 to 15, the sky is cloudless, the humidity is low, the temperature at 10:55 a.m. is 75 degrees. If I didn't have to go shopping and help a fellow cruiser with his charging problems, I would likely venture offshore and see if I could catch dinner for the next week. Great dolphin fishing just five miles from the beach and lots of other delictable species.

Tomorrow, I'm the entertainment for an art festival being held at Marathon, and the festival exhibitors are nearly all boaters. Should be fun, and I anticipate booking a few jobs from the event.

Live is great in the lower Florida Keys,

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Life is tough here in Boot Key, Marathon. Boats are dancing wildly around the mooring in 15-20 knot wind but all is well. Everyone is doing boat projects it seems. After all cruising is fixing things in exotic places. Cannot wait to hear Gary again today!
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

What a great thread to catch up on all at once.

Great trip, Gary, glad you are well. Looks like Mel is a real secret weapon.

I can't decide if these stories are making the cold winter easier up here or whether the winter will feel even longer.

Need that Green Coconut Rita recipe again. Maybe that's the trick.
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