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01-31-2002 11:55 AM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Ahoy me matey, ye missed the point of me argument by ten points to the north. Ye gonna have to face each one of these lothosome and evil critters in its own time and ye best be ready. I e''re tell of many a fine sailor went up river never to return as the creatures swarmed his position and laid siege to his nerves. E''re tell most what got nought but a bucket or a hole in de ground for facilities be Punta Gorda. AYE dem no-see-ums is a scourge upon yer skin and me mind be pested to distraction at times. I ain''t mentioned the infectious nature of yer wounds cause the puss oozing foul smelling rawness of it makes me belly squirm. Me hole in the mangroves tis the most advantageous to make me quick attacks on the unwary at the mouth of me harbor . The sea breeze and the salt of de water keeps em all at bay. There be no escaping the monsters of the deep so''s is best to make ye peace wit em. I be posting me own snake story for ye all shortly on me post of the same title. Keep yer eys out but be warned tis not for the faint of heart. AARRHH Big Red 56 the Pirate of Pine Island.
01-31-2002 08:56 AM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

I take from what your telling me is that I should keep my body out of the canal and only swim off the beach or in open water... I hate snakes and in the water I think I would learn how to be a human hovercraft.
My biggest concern is how to deal with these creatures. I am wondering if most will approach me or leave if I come along?
01-31-2002 05:12 AM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Well Troy I have been living in the area for 21 years now and I can tell you it''s not like it used to be. Them gators hardly show up any more and we see water mocassins only a few times a year, them guys will help you walk on water if you come face to face with them....I agree with Big Red with the oysters and cuts...and the worst part is that sometimes the wound gets infected becuse the water is not always that clean...lots of people round here don''t have sewers yet.....But the absolute worst is them noseeums they will not kill you but certainly drive you nuts....look what happened to Big Red...

Good luck

01-29-2002 06:59 PM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Ahoy troyaux, AARRHH ye just had to go and spoil a perfectly good first passage in Big Reds Pirate fleet didn''t ya? Hope yer mistake wit Punta Gorda dosen''t cost ye too much. You won''t find big red up river in the flats of that ye can be sure. I ain''t the kind of capt''n to be puttin any unnecessary fears upon me crew so I was willing to let ye critters question lie on me deck. But since ye seem to have found some nerve I''l tell ye. The place is infested wit all manner of creepy crawling and slithering varmits ,all out for ye blood. Aye ther be gators in most every canal , seen a whole nest of em swimming up river towards Punta Gorda and they looked mighty hungry. The sharks is scooling outside the pass just a waiting for ye errent toe being dipped in the de water. AARRHH dem snakes be the worst in the mangroves and under the bushes ,mostly north of Cape Coral as the Pirate has drove em out!! Keep yer eye peeled for the Pigmy rattler as his pint size belies his bite. Hunreeds each year get bit whats loosing a finger or arm to the sneaky devils! Aye the fire ants be as big as cats and somtimes swarm aboard to snuggle on yer warm motor. Palmetto bugs as big as a fist fly from the palms seeking a sleepy ear to lay thier eggs!! I was sittin in me cockpit the other day in my usual stupor feeling kinda weak when I noticed a mosquito lying on the deck his belly so full it looked like a water ballon ready to burst with two quarts of me blood. I snatched em up and shoved his needle back in me arm and squeezed the life out of him and back into me. Aye be the most god alwful place to be alive to be sure. The rats near the canals can chew through yer dock lines in minutes and iffin they get on your vessel (an they will) i advise you for feed em as they will most certinaly feed on you!! Be extra cautous wher yer step in the water as the barnacles and oysters can cut yer feet off and laugh at ye wiles they doin it. Aye tis a hard place for the soft skin of the newcommers whats attracts em me thinks. Avast ther ye bildge rat ye got yer answer true ,now that yer here ain''t notting to do .Big Red 56 the Pirate of Pine Island.
01-29-2002 06:17 PM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Rob!!!!!!!!! your back!
Thanks for the advice. I am a little weary of all the wildlife down there. Up here we just jump in and swin in any river or lake with the biggest worry is getting a leach on you... I guess I am entering a whole new world...I owe you a bit of gratitude for introducing me to Rose! You were right- she''s incredible and works harder than anyone I''ve known to please a customer. She saved me from Cape Coral and found me a fine place in Port Charlotte.
I am very excited about the move.
I looked for you at the marina but didn''t know your boat. I had my eye on one of the 34'' Irwin''s they had for sale.

I can''t thank you enough for helping me ..
maybe we can go for a sail in a few months!

I''ll remember to keep my lookout for that ship with a skull and crossbones flying high on the mast!.

01-29-2002 06:08 PM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Ok Pirate Red Beard? Assuming you have a beard or red hair.... Or at least a red scalp from the sun....
please answer my question about snakes, and spiders,mice, rats and such in relation to my boatin a canal....

I don''t know the waters at all and we can just jump in our Great lakes up in the north
and never worry about getting bit.. hypothermia is our biggest most killer here- no joke intended. Our water is 45-65 degrees. Our spiders are not poisonous so I usually just grab a leg and toss them over making sure they understand there are no stowaways allowed on my vessel.. I be abit afraid to do that in Florida and what about snakes and such? How would you get one off your boat?

I''ll be sailing in about 2 1/2 months in those waters and I''d really like to know what to expect. My slug of a vessel surely won''t out run your pirate ship or your cannonballs I''m sure, but I certainly will try to find you when I get there and steal some of the gold I''m sure you use for ballast.

Seriously, don''t scare the crap out of me, but tell me straight- are unwelcome passengers a thing to worry about or not?

also ... can you swim in the soundand around the islands like Cayo Costa or is it dangerous?
01-29-2002 05:58 PM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Other than BigRed, you have little to worry about. Gators won''t bother you unless you go out and look for trouble. Spiders like boats, but most of them aren''t poisonous, and the few that are poisonous are less likely to be seen than ckickens with lips. There are only a couple of poisonous spiders in the state and I have never worried about them. Shucks, if you see a spider...kill it.

Mosquitoes are the worst thing you will deal with hereabouts. That and no-see-ums. Not much can be done about them other than wearing repellent..... Snakes, not too much to worry about. I''m a lifelong resident of FL and I''ve not seen many snakes....and I used to fish on primitive rivers and wander all over the place.

The guy that told you the story was probably telling a "bs" story or fairy tale he heard third or fourth hand.

Actually, most northern states have more dangerous critters than Florida does.
01-29-2002 01:22 PM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Ahoy Viexile, AARRHH ye be but only partially correct in yer reply to me matey north of Pine Island. I be having three good legs, two for the sea and one of pure hardwood and rubbed to a fine silk smooth finish. Aye tis many a seafarer wot made me aquaintence and was shocked by the scars and un-natural lumps in me spine givin me a perpetual list to port. Twas fine surgeons that tryed with all manner of medival procedures to regain me balance . Aye I be not quite right in many ways and your a good seafarer to warn the others of me distemper. Avast there the rum''s almost got the job done, me list to port tis nearly gone ,now I can tack in this lonely storm. Big Red the Pirate.
01-29-2002 07:52 AM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Seems to me, after reading about Pine Island infrequently on this website, I''d be very, very afraid of two legged (or maybe peg-legged) visitors....
01-28-2002 06:21 PM
Reptiles, bugs and boats and florida?

Being new to Southwest Florida And a northerner I know very little of the wildlife here and how it relates to my boat.
I wonder will I find rats crawling in my boat or spiders that will kill me. How about snakes... what do i do if I find a snake in the cockpit ... and will I? I really hate reptiles and won''t invite them but how do I keep stuff away and off my boat...
someone just scared the ---- out of me witha story and i am now a paranoid... what can i really expect? I''ll be around Charlotte Harbor and Sailing and cruising the Pine Island sound area... I heard crocodiles enter the sea water butit is rare... what can I expect when I come doen to my boat. I am keeping it at a dock in a canal.

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