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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

I do not enjoy white knuckle sailing. Kudos for those of you who brave those cold elements. Enjoyed the pics. Glad to see such nice waters so close to Jacksonville... Spring break is not far away...
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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

Jon, is that ice on the foredeck and cabin top? If so, think about purchasing a good pair of golf shoes, the old ones with metal spikes to dig into the ice when you go forward to drop the hook or put out some mooring lines. I have them at home for negotiating my driveway when I need to walk to the mailbox after a bout of freezing rain.

Hmmm. Bet those icicles on the roller furling line would make a real mess of the blocks when they jam up.

My greenhouse enclose is now complete, it goes up quickly, all four panels are easily removable and installed, no problems with salt spray or vision, and when my sailing buddy arrives on the 25th, we're going to spend a week sailing around here, then head north.

With luck, I'll have a great weather window, jump into the Gulf Stream, and have a ball sailing at incredible speeds. If the weather gets nasty, I'll duck into one of the many inlets along the way and utilize the ICW. My buddy want to see the ICW, so most likely, even with a good weather window, I'll likely come inside somewhat around Beaufort, NC, then continue north to Norfolk, VA before going into the Chesapeake's lower reaches.

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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

Living up to your screen name

Fairwinds and following seas, I hope to hear more about your trip at the SN Rendezvous
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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

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Aw, c'mon Gary - it was a BEAUTIFUL day on the Chesapeake on Monday... OK, so it WAS a tad nippy, but you've got a cockpit enclosure, right? (grin)



Definitely an steep uphill climb out of my warm sleeping bag that morning for a departure at 0300... By the time I'd finished my 3rd cup of coffe/hot chocolate blend, I was beginning to wonder whether the sun would EVER come up again...

A cockpit enclosure would be criminal on this boat, but a set of weathercloths sure would be nice... (grin)
Jon, that's some cold looking stuff! Are you on a Tayana Cutter? Looks a lot like it judging from what I can see of the topside. LOVE THOSE BOATS! As beautiful as it is I'd rather be in the Key's right now after seeing Travlin's pictures. I doubt that any tropical vacations are in our near future after our purchase.
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Jon, that's some cold looking stuff! Are you on a Tayana Cutter? Looks a lot like it judging from what I can see of the topside. LOVE THOSE BOATS! As beautiful as it is I'd rather be in the Key's right now after seeing Travlin's pictures. I doubt that any tropical vacations are in our near future after our purchase.
Looks like a Cape George Cutter to me. ???????
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Looks like a Cape George Cutter to me. ???????
Very well could be, that peaked cabin top window and front hatch looks a lot like the one we had...however it was 4 years ago, and I have a hard time finding my keys!
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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

Unfortunately, I have to leave this beautiful part of the world by this time next week, and tonight I'll be making my last musical performance at Marathon City Marina's Tiki Hut from 6 till 10 p.m. this evening. I suspect there will be more than 100 sailors in the audience, and as usual, we will have a rockin' good night here at the City Marina.

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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

Marathon...I saw my hero there, I don't know who he was but I was with a bunch of friends riding our Harleys to Key West and we stopped to fuel up. Coming down the highway I saw a HUGE RV hauling a double decker trailer with a nice fishing boat, a car and a few motorcycles, that thing all hooked up looked as long as a city block, it must have been a real challenge to drive. But that was then and this is now...I look at large catamarans with the same aw now.
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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

Thank you Gary for all of the great photos, they really made my day. I had hoped to make it down to meet you, but just couldn't seem to clear the clutter that soon. We are trying to sell our home, move aboard, and settle somewhere in the Keys, either Marathon or possibly Stock Island.

I was wondering if you had the good fortune to meet Capt. Charmaine Smith Ladd, aboard "September Sea", a Lancer 36', while in Marathon, a truly wonderful person. and a wealth of knowledge. She does articles for "Cruisers Net". I believe she is at the Sombrero Marina down near the Publix.

Hopefully next year you will return to paradise. Looking forward to your postings on your return adventure north.
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Re: Every day's a good day in Paradise...

Poor Gary...He will have to leave Paradise soon and come back to us schleps in Maryland

Be carefull as there may be a boarding party of some pirates ( I know a couple of famous ones one Back Creek in Annapolis), somewhere along the way once you get into the mid Chesapake.

Thanks for All your postings my friend. Safe and calm trip back.

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