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travlin-easy 03-07-2013 07:40 PM

Headed North...
Left Marathon Key, Florida March 3rd. The weather was windy as Hell, but moderated a bit later in the day, enough to run with a reefed main and full jib. It took 5 days to make it to Jupiter and into Manatee Pocket's Sailfish Marina, where I'll spend the night at the fuel dock. Photos will be forthcoming, and that full enclosure, well, it's fantastic. With just a single panel in place on the windward side the temperature rose dramatically, the cockpit got nice and comfy and that was with 45 MPH winds and 48 degree temperatures.

More to come,

Gary :cool:

Silvio 03-07-2013 08:22 PM

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Good to hear from you. Funny thing, I was just thinking about you making your way north yesterday. Don't know why, but your upcoming trip popped into my thoughts and I hoped you are well.

deltaten 03-07-2013 09:01 PM

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Bon Voyage, my friend. Hope to see you soon :D

tomperanteau 03-07-2013 09:10 PM

Need videos, lots of videos. No music, please. Narrate.

travlin-easy 03-07-2013 10:03 PM

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I'll try to shoot some videos tomorrow and post them via YouTube.

So far much of the trip has been relatively easy, and the ocean passages were great. With the urging of Melissa, I opted to bypass Miami and all those bridges. She is definitely one of my heroes and without her assistance the trip would not have been nearly as much fun or as successful.

Got into the Gulf Stream right after leaving Miami, sailing speed went from 4.7 to 8.1 MPH shortly after entering the stream's westernmost edge. Unfortunately, the weather turned a bit nasty shortly after entering the inlet at Fort Lauderdale. NOAA was calling for 5 to 10 from the northeast, but the actual winds were much, much higher and from the northwest. Some gusts that night felt like they topped 45 or 50 MPH, and the temperature dropped like a stone. Thank goodness for that enclosure - it was a smart move and well worth the expense in the comfort it brings.

Mario and I were discussing the comfort aspect of cruising a few weeks ago. What he said made absolutely good sense. "The whole point about cruising is to get from place to place in comfort. Beating your brains out and freezing to death is not part of cruising - it's insanity." I couldn't agree more. I like my gas grill, hot showers, Temper-pedic foam mattress in the Vee Berth, TV, internet connection, cell phone communications, etc...

Most of all, I loved having the ability to entertain hundreds of folks in the Florida Keys and other places along the way. The Morgan 33 Out Island was spacious enough for me to carry the vast majority of my music gear in relative safety, and while it was a bit of a chore to get it on and off the boat at times, the rewards were well worth the effort.

Internet access can be a bit difficult along the ICW, but when I'm able to post, I'll be adding some photos, and hopefully some videos as well. No music, just the live stuff, uncensored, wind noise and sails flapping.


Gary :cool:

chef2sail 03-07-2013 11:06 PM

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Just stay safe Gary....Maryland is still here and still cold though it looks like we dodged the last storm again. Forecast is for it to warm into the mid fifties and keep rising.

Take you r time and have a safe trip and check in.


zedboy 03-07-2013 11:20 PM

gary what is the
Link for the youtube channel?

Safe journey& fair winds

downeast450 03-08-2013 01:39 AM

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Sounds like you are living The Dream! Thanks for sharing. :)


Ajax_MD 03-08-2013 07:09 AM

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You were sailing in 37 knots of breeze??
Your tone is totally different than it was during the trip south. Enclosure or not, your confidence seems much higher.

Minnewaska 03-08-2013 07:28 AM

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Thanks for the inspiration, Gary!! Have a safe passage.

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