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

Gary - pretty good writeup, you've covered all the major points that we noticed also.

We also draw 5' and have not had trouble running aground on the ICW. I assume that is a lot easier with two than with one, as one of us acts as navigator and communications and the other is helmsman. We also check Cruisersnet.net religiously for updates on shoals and inlets.

Our posts about our trips are in our blog, Life Afloat Archives Our most recent trip, St Augustine FL to Annapolis MD last spring, starts here Life Afloat Archives: Turning our Bow Towards Home and just keep clicking on "newer post" at the bottom left.

BTW, links to websites and guidebooks for ICW are at Life Afloat Archives: Sources of Information for the ICW Trip
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

I've read many books on single-handed sailing, most were pretty informative, and I have a couple new ones on the boat. I guess my biggest problem with solitude is that I've always been a people person - that's why I'm an entertainer/musician/singer. I have the absolutely best job on the planet, and in my profession I come in contact with hundreds of people every day. In the world of entertainment it's called schmoozing with the audience. When I'm alone for days on end and there's no one to sing to other than myself, well, for me at least, lets just say it's a bit difficult.

Another 180 miles to Stuart, where with any kind of luck I'll be entertaining at a local American Legion for about two or three weeks, then off to Miami to meet up with Mel and a few of her lady friends. A couple days later we should all be in the land of beautiful water, palm trees and warmer temperatures. With any kind of luck I'll be singing my heart out at the Hurricane's Tiki Bar a couple nights a week.

Wing, that second set of eyes is a wonderful assett I wish I had. It's somewhat difficult to look at the chartbook, the companion book, day markers, depth finder, GPS/Plotter, etc..., and still have enough time to avoid the snags. I've only shot about 40 photos thus far, which is a fraction of what I hoped to have in the can by now. Can't get the camera out while steering the boat and not hit something in the process.

I was astonished yesterday when a nice bunch of folks at the city dock in Saint Augustine gave me some high 5's for manuevering the boat and backing into the slip while the current and wind were trying to push me somewhere else. I always like to back into a slip, mainly because it's a lot easier to get out under less than ideal conditions.

More to come, and with luck, some great photos in the very near future.

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thats true about you,,,you are that

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

I just checked tomorrow's weather, looks pretty good, so with any kind of luck I'll be getting out of here about 9 a.m. and head south to meet up with an old friend in Jupiter. Thought about going outside and exiting Ponce de Leon Inlet, but had second thoughts because there didn't seem to be a lot of locations where I could easily duck back in. Gonna' take another look at the charts tomorrow before departing - just to be on the safe side.

Dave, you've got my number - I love the ladies one and all, especially the many wonderful gals I've met on the sailnet. And, if I were a lot younger, single, and better looking I guess I would be in a lot of trouble.

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I just checked tomorrow's weather, looks pretty good, so with any kind of luck I'll be getting out of here about 9 a.m. and head south to meet up with an old friend in Jupiter. Thought about going outside and exiting Ponce de Leon Inlet, but had second thoughts because there didn't seem to be a lot of locations where I could easily duck back in. Gonna' take another look at the charts tomorrow before departing - just to be on the safe side.

Dave, you've got my number - I love the ladies one and all, especially the many wonderful gals I've met on the sailnet. And, if I were a lot younger, single, and better looking I guess I would be in a lot of trouble.

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Love the ladies??? And here I thought I was the one. Ummm.....
Hope you had a great time at your brothers house and got a few boat chores done. Miss you lots. My boat is all torn apart fixing the head. See you in a few weeks.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

When we were in the marina in St Aug we used to love sitting in the cockpit and just watching the show, people trying to dock who didn't know the currents through there, etc. Some of the best entertainment came from the folks who had bow thrusters, because with those crutches they never had to learn how to really, you know, *maneuver* their boats. (As one old-style, modified-full-keel, heavy boat owner to another, well done!)
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You are such a good person!

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Lost another 10 hours to repairs, 5 yesterday and 5 today. The stuffing box was dripping pretty hard, which really has me worried. Two boat yards later, $40 shelled out, and it's still leaking, but not quite as fast. Hopefully, when I get to Stuart I'll be able to find someone that knows what they're doing.

I left the second boat yard this afternoon at 1 p.m., crossed Ponce de Leon Inlet, thought about heading offshore, but after looking at the charts I quickly discovered there was no place to come back in for more than 100 miles. Didn're relish the thought of heaving too 20 or 30 miles offshore and grabbing some shut eye. OH how I miss Melissa.

Consequently, I stayed inside, ran the ditch with the jib sail out and averaged about 7 MPH, which isn't bad for motorsailing with the engine at about 1800 RPM. I figured I would make Titusville, Florida by 5:30 p.m.. WRONG! Darkness set in at 5:30, no moon, no stars, and 4 blinding lights on the shore that destroyed any hope of night vision. Therefore navigating in these tight quarters was GPS/Plotter ONLY.

When the night turned pitch black, I got my spotlight out of the locker and quickly discovered the damned lithium batteries were dead as a doornail, so I dug out my trusty maglight. Turned on the light at the first day-marker, the bulb flashed and it went dead. The only light remaining was a tiny LED flashlight with 7 bulbs that was intended for home use. It lit up the markers from a distance of about 40 feet.

I was able to sloooooly pick my way into Titusville Municipal Marina in inky darkness, and with the help of the dock master I'm tied up. It was a very looooong day, I just finshed dinner at 8 p.m., then fired up the PC.

Mel, you ARE the ONLY ONE! Honest. I promise not to stray.

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

LOL Mel you got a friend for life

Glad you got in Gary one can never have to much light!
I hear you about fixing , That is the reason I got into mech'in & fixing professionally got tired of paying (& good I might add) for something to be done and it still wasn't correct!
Nothing to do but "If you want it done right you got to do it yourself" forever for me...

Very glad to see you are useing prudence and wisdom for your adventures stay safe keep warm and have fun!
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Gary, training found me yesterday and I am on an airplane now heading for Dallas. Wish I was with you instead. Be careful out there and don't forget the sunscreen!
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