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Hello Gary, we missed you. I left on the 28th headed South to Puerto Rico after Sandy passed us headed northeast. Finally completing the trip to Trinidad. We stayed hunkered down in Marathon spending Angel's birthday there until the storm passed.it was a great trip weatherwise and favorable winds from Windward passage to Mona passage north of Puerto Rico. I heard you had quite a trip and tried to get several messages to you. After we left the US we didn't have much Internet communication. I have a friend that lives in Marathon and I wrote him to try to find you at dockside. He knows the area well and maybe can help you with some extra jobs playing music. His name is Ed the pirate.We sold the Cheoy Lee in Trinidad and flew home to Panama City. We have been looking at several other boats that are much larger. I'm hoping to complete a deal on one this week and hopefully we will see you before you leave the keys. Captg & Angel


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Captain Melissa left for Miami a few minutes ago, which is where she is home ported for her job. We had a great time together, and again, I will really miss her charming company and companionship.

Today, like most days here in Marathon, began with a brief rain shower, which, naturally, I enjoyed while motoring back to the boat in the dink. The humidity is somewhat high this time of year, which precludes any hopes of sanding and painting the cockpit and decks, both of which are in need. The engine has to be run daily to keep the batteries charged until the new solar panel arrives, which should be in the next day or two. Probably take a half-day to install and modify the mounting brackets so it will fit where the old one was, but that's part of owning a boat.

The weather should be somewhat less windy and relatively clear tomorrow, which could translate into some good offshore fishing for mahi, snapper and grunts along the outer edge of the reef. Reportedly, there are some king mackerel there as well. I'm looking forward to enjoying some fresh fish for a change.

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Have you caught anything yet.. You know we demand pictures or it hasnt happened. Glad to hear you are having a great time, you deserve it. All that motoring down the ICW solo was worth it.

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Hope to have some photos tomorrow.

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Left Marathon today and Gary;Two sad days for sure, yesterday crew, today Gary. Winds on the nose 20 knots. Inside not to bad of a ride.

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The relative humidity at Marathon seems to be climbing daily, and last night it was really high. I have been increasingly worried about keeping my music gear in a climate controlled environment, plus getting it off the boat to take to the various venues. Conseqently, I decided to move the boat from the mooring ball to the city marina this afternoon - which was a smart move. Within three hours the boat's cabin dried out completely with the assistance of the air conditioner. Should make sleeping a lot easier as well.

I'm still in the process of checking out the competition for music jobs, which is a fun experience in itself. It's kinda' neat to hit the Tiki Bars one at a time and watch the entertainers, most of which are fair to mediocre at best. Somewhat like a "Have Guitar - Will Travel" kind of deal.

I'll likely stay here until late January or early February, then head south to Key West for a while, maybe meet up with Captain Aaron and his dad. Need a long day or two to get there, and of course, some good winds/weather. Talked with the local sherif's deputy this evening and he said February here can be pretty nasty, cold and windy. You just never know.

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Gary, while your there make sure you go to Porkys. They have a real beer can chicken night and the best BBQ east of Texas.

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If you can go to the Dolphin Rescue Center also. make sure its the Rescue center vs the other one. My wife and I rode dolhphns there and the money goes to research. Great experience.






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Just got a telephone call from a sailing buddy in Maryland. He's out on Chesapeake Bay near Havre de Grace, Maryland, not much wind, but Peter and his friend, Crazy Greg, have lots of rum onboard, which is currently being consumed in relatively large quantities while they contemplate whether or not they'll be run over by a barge or freighter. They're in a dense fog, can't see more than 50 yards at best, but they claim they're going to enjoy the day - even if it kills them!

Here, in beautiful Marathon, Florida, the weather is warm, very humid, and there has been scattered showers for nearly 4 days now. Tonight is the Christmas Parade of Boats, followed by festivities at every waterside location in Marathon's Boot Key Harbor. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate long enough to allow me to perform at Sombrero Resort's Tiki Bar this evening.

My Polish friend, Peter, and his Russian friend, Crazy Greg will likely show up here in early January and we'll stock the bar and fridge, then head west for Key West, The Marquesses, and the Dry Tortugas. About a week or so round trip if the weather cooperates. Hope to visit with Captain Aaron during the same trip and get some tips from him about sailing across Rebecca Shoals.

Another fun day in Paradise,

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I think we need a youtube of one of these tiki performances, Gary. It's cold and miserable up here right now.


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