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

Lol...you sure have some luck Gary.

I'm surprised your lithium sun-gun was dead. Usually lithium batteries don't self-discharge, ni-cad and Ni-Mh batteries do that.

When in transit, better make it policy to plug it into the 12v outlet at least once per day.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Today was GREAT. Only motored for an hour, then sailed down the ICW for the next 35 miles - Oh Yeah! While much of the time the ICW is too narrow and winding to sail at all, this particular stretch was wide open, the channel was bordered by depths of 8 to 15 feet and the wind, 15 knots steady, was blowing from due east. Most of the time that old Morgan was cruising along at 6 to 7 MPH, with occasional bursts to 8. Not only was I able to save fuel, but also wear and tear on my aging engine.

Tonight, the winds are kicking up at about 20 from the east, the temperature began dropping like a stone shortly after 4 p.m., so I opted to spend the night in Melbourne Harbor Marina. It's a nice place, good restaurant on-site, but if you're from Maryland DO NOT order the crab cake dinner. Big mistake on my part.

Gasoline prices at the marinas in east/central Florida will blow your mind - averaging about $5.25 a gallon. This was the first place I actually saw diesel cheaper than gas, but only by about .10 cents per gallon.

The other intelligent thing I did today was to end it a couple hours earlier - before it got too dark to see. Yes, I wanted to sail another couple hours, but after checking the charts I realized there was no sheltered anchorage for at least another 30 miles. Plus, it's quite cold again tonight, and that heat pump on the boat really makes life a lot more comfortable.

I hope to be in Stuart in two days, which is where I hope to play some music at the local VFW while the boat's water pump and stuffing box/packing gland are taken care of at a local marine repair center.

Hopefully, I'll soon encounter weather where the temperature is at least equal to my age (72). Anything lower than 72 seems like the dead of winter.

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

Awesome Gary. I want to be you when I grow up!
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Smack, Don't grow up. We love you just the way you are.

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

Gary, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!! I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I look forward to reading updates on your progress. You need to be careful though. You may not realize it but you are raising the envy level here to dangerous levels!
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So great Gary.....yesterday AM we had frost at home. Was 32 at the boat at 6AM.

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These are just MY obversations, and I'm sure there are folks out there with other opinions. I would really enjoy reading some posts from individuals that have actually made this trip during the past 5 years. I've always felt that any knowledge I can garner is helpful, especially from those that have preceded me in their cruise down the ICW.

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Too late to be of any use to you, Gary, but a heads-up to anyone yet to pass Mile 0...

I spent last night at Atlantic Yacht Basin in Great Bridge, and their rate was only $1/foot...

I haven't seen a rate that low at a private marina on The Ditch in quite some time...

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

@Jon, yes, Atlantic is some nice people. Last spring they charged us a crushing $200/MONTH. Love it.

@Gary, yay you! You're basically home free - there in the land of warmth and sunshine. Enjoy!
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

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@Jon, yes, Atlantic is some nice people. Last spring they charged us a crushing $200/MONTH. Love it.

@Gary, yay you! You're basically home free - there in the land of warmth and sunshine. Enjoy!
Pfft. Don't listen to Jaye! Last week it got down to 59 degrees one night. It was TERRIBLE! I actually had to close some hatches and pull my sweats on over my flip-flops. Even worse, it is only going to get to 79 today. Time to sail south, I guess. This freezing weather is killing me!!!

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

Cruisingdad,

Does your grill act any differently in cooler weather for you/ You may have to buy the special adaptor I use here in the north for the fall

I lok forward to the time I will be going south for the winter on the boat, but I will not give up Sept/Oct/ and November on the Chesapeake for warm ewather year round. I love seeing the leaves turn color, the crispness of the cool air, the birds migrating. Almost over now

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