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Old 11-17-2012
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Didn't sleep much last night. A blasting thunderstorm rolled in and ripped though Palm Beach last night, the worst of it hitting just south of Peanut Island, where Mario and I are anchored. The wind is still ripping pretty good today, probably 20 to 25 offshore from the North with seas to 6 feet according to NOAA.

Tomorrow does't look much better, but at least I'm now wearing summer clothing, shorts and sometimes shirtless - love it. Hopefully, with any kind of luck, I'll make Miami in the next couple days, where I'll await the arrival of my lady captain Melissa. Sure miss that young lady.

The boat fared quite well through the storm, but the old guy aboard her worried like Hell all night long. The anchorage is a bit open, and about 3:30 a.m. a huge yacht ran agound about 500 yard to the east of me. It was at least 150 to 200 feet long, and the captain got on the VHF and asked if anyone knew the number to towboard US. I suspect that captain is looking for a new form of employment today.

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Mario and I have made it to Fort Lauderdale, FL, just another 15 miles to Miami and take a short break from the ICW. Todays trip involved more bridges than anyone would dream of encoutering, some of which would not wait another 60 seconds for us to arrive. That translates to another 30 or so minute wait till their next scheduled opening.

Had some problems with the jib sail, it was wrapped in such a way that it could not be moved. Mario, who is among the most fit and agile individuals I've come across in years, had me motor along side his boat and while underway in the confines of the ICW, he stepped from the deck of his boat to mine, untangled the jib, then I motored next to his boat again, which at this point is being run by his lovely wife Sherry, and he stepped back aboard and took the helm. This was an incredible feat, to say the least, and scared the hell out of me.

The battery on the PC needs recharging, so I'll try to provide a more in-depth update tomorrow.

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

You're going to have to change your screen name soon to "travlininterestingandnotalwayssoeasythesedays"...

Keep posting when you can Gary, fair winds as always
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Tonight, I'm anchored in a beautiful lagoon, torquoise colored water, a few rolling tarponand quite sheltered from most winds and weather.

The past few days put an entirely new meaning on the word MONEY! I hope to post some photos that will clarify my statement.

Mario and Sherry are anchored about 150 feet away, close to the dink landing. They love the park, and there's a good chance they'll spend most of the winter here. It's a great location and not at all crowded.

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The above photo is Mario's boat in front of a home that's for sale in Fort Lauderdale.

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View from the cockpit this morning.

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What's missing in the photo is a boat babe draped over the bow.
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Mel will be along shortly...
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All the good looking babes are current with Mario at the State Park.

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