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On track for loop launch in March

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On track for loop launch in March

Postby tex » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:27 pm

The Admiral remains certain about our loop launch in March. Still a half dozen projects on the boat to complete and at least one haul-out to spruce up the water line where the bottom paint seems to be chipping off. I figure the shake-down cruise will be through the Okeechobee Waterway to Stuart, then haul-out for the touch-up and maybe replace a seacock and clean the running gear. It will be the first time we've cruised more than three days or so. Initially, we may pay more visits to the marinas till she gains more confidence at anchor. I figure by the time we get to Fernandina, the beer stash should be gone, saving the border tax :D .
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby originalvision » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:24 am

Good for you Tex, that's awesome!! My German Admiral would have us leaving right now if she had her way, but the boat is far from ready. Still have to finish the outboard conversion, build the folding queen berth and some new cabinets. But the new head is done, complete with fresh/raw water switching valves for shower and flushes. An adequate size holding tank and Lectra-san. An old Crown electric head from a coast guard cutter... it can flush a pineapple! The cruising kitty is far from full this year as well. Although, I would have no problem taking our time with working stops along the way, I just don't want to get stuck somewhere in the cold!
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby scallywag » Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:40 pm

Congrats....Wish you well.

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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby RTB » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:01 pm

tex wrote:Source of the post I figure by the time we get to Fernandina, the beer stash should be gone, saving the border tax :D .


If you find your beer supply gone after clearing Fernandina, you can stop in here for free beer the next day. This is a nice stop.
Half of the fun of extended cruising is the planning. Enjoy!

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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:10 pm

I agree with RTB... Actually you need to come here in Fernandina to do the "spruce up".. I know the marina's owners here... ;)
And you always are in need of information so while your here you can buy lots of beer... Besides, both our admirals get along great...
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby tex » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:31 pm

Jaxfishgyd wrote:Source of the post Besides, both our admirals get along great...


Yeah, and they don't drink much beer either!
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby tex » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:55 am

My old Caribe dinghy is pretty tired and has had at least one injection of tube sealer to get her holding air again. There's one of these Terhi's for sale locally...thinking about it but they are pricey. Get a load of this video though.
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby RTB » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:06 pm

tex wrote:Source of the post The Admiral remains certain about our loop launch in March.

It will be the first time we've cruised more than three days or so.

Initially, we may pay more visits to the marinas till she gains more confidence at anchor.


Do you have an idea about how long you plan to take, doing the loop? Almost too much to see in a year or two. Doing the Okeechobee, you will miss the Everglades. There are some remote (and very awesome) anchorages there. The Keys also offer some incredible opportunities for beautiful scenery, and peaceful anchorages in near Bahamas clear water. The down side would be (for some) the stretch from Miami to the St. Lucie Inlet, but I found it enjoyable.

Cruising for an extended amount of time is what we love. You just need to find your own pace. Don't rush. It's easy to push for miles, but eventually you'll need to stop and take a break. It really is challenging to find your pace at first. If you find an anchorage that you find relaxing, just hang out on the hook for a day or two. Read a book or what ever you like to do, and re-charge.

Save the marinas for bad weather, or when you need water, fuel, and re-provisioning.

Hopefully, you'll keep us up to date as you make your way. I'm really looking forward to what you share here.

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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:12 pm

They lived on Biscayne Bay in Miami for several years.... Know S. Florida well......
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby scallywag » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:01 pm

I do not think Floridians will do well in the Great Lakes...Too cold :lol:
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby tex » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:17 am

Ralph has a good point. As it is, we will be leaving a bit late for the loop, thanks to renters and responsibilities in late March. We may set the Chesepeake for a goal this year and see how it goes. It's not a good year to do the Trent Severn Canal in Canada due to this year's celebration and free passage on the canal for Canadians. Maybe we'll do half the loop and put the boat in heated storage. We just did a small three day cruise south, and both of us realize we're not in a hurry to "achieve" destinations, loops or otherwise. We lean toward the Aythya' example of cruising.
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby originalvision » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:25 am

Yeah, maybe just the "short loop" through Okechobee, down to the Keys and back up the Gulf side. I think that will be our shakedown next year.
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby tex » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:38 pm

Now OFF TRACK for Loop launch in March. Red Tide, dental issues and late vendors have put us weeks behind the boat prep. We're dropping the loop as the goal and settling for full-time cruising when we can arrange it, most likely heading to the keys and up the eastern seaboard. That way we can benefit from the Aythya Crew's depth of knowledge in anchorages and stops, hoping that they might have written the "Discriminating Boater's East Coast Cruising" bible by then.
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby CaptForce » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:13 am

Tex, You know there will be no book, but I'll remain our personal anchoring valet. Anytime you're planning a route, I'll provide some choices for anchoring and passage choices.
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Re: On track for loop launch in March

Postby scallywag » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:32 am

Lunch/Dinner on me when you arrive in St. Augustine. Just give us a holler. If you need beer for the Fernandina beer tax we will know the cheapest price in town. :lol:

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