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readerbill 11-20-2012 08:47 PM

Hello from Jupiter
Hi all, I just want to say hi and introduce myself. I have been away from sailing for a while. I sailed small boats growing up learning from friends and my mistakes. I received a little formal training in Mystic through their Mariner programs and a week out crewing on the schooner Brilliant. Also boater safety through the Coat Guard Auxiliary safe boating classes. Last weekend I purchased a Hunter 33 Cherubini and am planning to bring it across Florida through the Okeechobee waterway this weekend. A sailor friend, and former licenced capt. will be making the trip with me. I grew up in FLA but have never made the trip through the canal, lake and lock systems. I'm looking forward to the adventure. Re-joined SeaTow today as a just-in-case measure. I realize there will be little to no sailing on this trip but would love to hear peoples experience with the Okeechobee waterway and locks, and any suggestions for a newbee. I have enjoyed reading, learning and dreaming on this site for a few years now and am glad to finally join. Thanks

floridajaxsailor 11-20-2012 09:12 PM

Glad to see you on here amigo now that you purchased a sailboat

there are places you can sail within the wide sections of the Caloosahatchee River quite happily(north winds 15knots today) before entering Okeechobee, further they have made some updates to the lock system
the lake is 37 miles long by 30 miles wide, many find the water too murky, yet fish abound

onetunepauly 12-02-2012 11:09 PM

Re: Hello from Jupiter
Looked at the Army Corps of Eng website the other day and saw the two tracks across the lake. Looked at the projected water levels as well and they are especially high this year. Gonna take my Bandit out there before Xmas.

Boatsmith 12-03-2012 06:44 AM

Re: Hello from Jupiter
The rim route is not so good IMO. The direct route across the lake is much better. The water is way worse than murky. More like a full toilet bowl. The river parts of the trip are kinda nice. Check the lock schedules before departure.

readerbill 12-03-2012 10:56 PM

Re: Hello from Jupiter
Thanks for the information. The trip through the Okeechobee Waterway has been delayed a bit after the temp light on the little diesel went off twice. I put into a marina and took a slip for the month. The mechanic is scheduled to put the exhaust manifold and pump back on this week. I am enjoying the weekends over on the west coast. It is giving me time to go over and become familiar with some of the systems on the boat. The list of maintenance/repair tasks is constantly changing. As I take care of one, another one or two get added. I am planning on bringing a buddy's hooka rig over this coming weekend to check / scrape the bottom, shaft and prop. I am really looking forward to the trek across the lake. I am planning on taking "route 1" through the center of the lake. The main concern I have is with the railroad lift bridge to the East of the Port Mayaca lock. The clearance has been running just over 49', the book shows the boat has 47'+ above the waterline, not much to play with :-)

readerbill 12-03-2012 11:00 PM

Re: Hello from Jupiter
Boatsmith are you in the farms? Kevin, the guy I was going to make the trip with, was telling me about a multi-hull guy in Jupiter. I think he said the guy was originally in the farms but then moved the shop in town. I was wondering if you are him.

Boatsmith 12-04-2012 05:21 PM

Re: Hello from Jupiter
Yes my shop was in the Farms. We outgrew the space and needed much more power and have a shop on Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. We have a utube video tour up.

readerbill 12-06-2012 12:05 AM

Re: Hello from Jupiter
BoatSmith, It was great meeting you today and thank you for the tour of your shop. You have one heck of an operation going on there. I am looking forward to seeing the big cat come together. 48 foot? I am hoping you will post pictures of the progress. And the 32 hulls look like a great boat as well.

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