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1 Day Ago 11:28 AM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Quote:
Originally Posted by RTB View Post
Just curious...are you leaving the boat where you are now? When will leg 2 start? I guess the kids being in school will limit when you'll be able to continue?

Ralph
We'll run down to Ft. Meyers next week. We'll be storing the boat on the hard there and heading back to Austin. Then next year when the boys are out of school we'll move on down into the Bahamas for Leg 2.
1 Day Ago 09:43 AM
RTB
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Just curious...are you leaving the boat where you are now? When will leg 2 start? I guess the kids being in school will limit when you'll be able to continue?

Ralph
1 Day Ago 01:02 AM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

This is why we sail...

2 Days Ago 06:59 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Safe and sound. Came in around 1230. WAY TOO MUCH MOTORING! But it was a great passage. We came in, tied up, got seafood (and beer for dad), then I hit the sack for some much needed sleep. Just now waking up and getting moving again at 1900. Lots of little problems I need to get on, but Dawn Treader performed wonderfully - even beating into 8' short-period waves with water over the bow at times.

We are all very tired but happy.

More soon.

(Thanks for the concern Ralph. The boys are rockstars.)
2 Days Ago 01:49 PM
ad28
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Here's the offshore forecast for his area:

GMZ015-210245-
NE GULF N OF 25N E OF 87W-
1033 AM EDT WED JUL 20 2016

TODAY
E WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. SEAS 3 TO 4 FT. SCATTERED TSTMS.


Light winds, right on his nose... might want to give him a bit of time
2 Days Ago 12:20 PM
RTB
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Quote:
Originally Posted by ad28 View Post
Winds are light and against 'em, it's summer. I'd give 'em two days from PC to Tampa.
Maybe. Seems a little slow for that boat. From the photo on his blog, it looked like a nice beam reach leaving Panama City. Hey, I'm just a friend anxious to know all is well aboard. This was smack's longest offshore hop as captain, as far as I know.

They could be tied up at the dock asleep. Guess we'll know soon enough...

Ralph
3 Days Ago 09:12 AM
ad28
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Winds are light and against 'em, it's summer. I'd give 'em two days from PC to Tampa.
3 Days Ago 09:17 PM
RTB
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

The smackboys left for Tampa yesterday. Should be there before now. I need to stick a Spot Tracker or In Reach on their boat.

Ralph
5 Days Ago 03:16 PM
RTB
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Shell Island (#6) is also a good anchorage. I love listening to surf breaking while at anchor. I hope your AP plays nice on the crossing to Tampa. Best wishes to you and the smack boys!

Ralph
5 Days Ago 12:26 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skyeterrier View Post
smackdaddy, did you have the option to stay offshore until daylight coming into Panama City? Were you coming from Pensacola via ICW or the Gulf? Sounds like a great trip.
Hey Skye - yeah, we came here via the Gulf (couldn't clear a bridge in Pensacola). And we had the option to wait offshore when we arrived. But it was extremely calm so I wasn't worried about coming in the cut. It was more about being very careful to watch the chartplotter and the red/green markers. Sometimes it was hard to pick out the next set of markers due to the city lights in the background, but the charts were spot on, so I always found them.

We then eased very, very carefully into the Redfish Point anchorage marked by Waterway Guide here as #2:

Anchorage map of the Waterway Guide centered on 30.133696238439384, -85.66108703613281 | Waterway Explorer anchorage map

I watched the depth gauge very closely until we got to around 9', pretty close to shore. As usual, WG nailed the description.



It's a great anchorage. You'll see my review of it soon in WG. I gave it 5 stars, despite the jets which some might find annoying. We like jets.
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