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First night cruising hot summer anchorages

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First night cruising hot summer anchorages

Postby tex » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:57 pm

Difficult night in Pelican Bay in Gulf Coast SW Florida on our first journey of overnight anchorages along the coast. There were dead fish and Red Tide almost the whole way down from Sarasota. Late to bed from the heat, turned on the gen and A/C and was ok till about 3 AM when the gen shut down. Three hours of very hot work and had it up again, couldn’t sleep tho, probably dropped 10 lbs in that process. Might as well have been an Indian sweat lodge. All working well now, but both of us need rest. Temperatures are about 90 so this idea of enjoying beautiful anchorages while being inside with A/C seems ridiculous. Eva senses red tide here as well. Cats were miserable and crying all night. Not a smooth cruising experience, but cruising. Bucky performing perfectly except for gen mishap. Clogged intake at seacock, so I removed and cleared. Consequently, due to water blockage, gen overheated & impeller came apart, had to steal one from rebuilt pump aboard. Later, gen intake plugged again with these dark jellies floating around the anchorage. Finally, we popped over to Cabbage Key for a dinner and plugged in for the night. Thank God for A/C. We all need time to cool down. Welcome to cruising!
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Re: First night cruising hot summer anchorages

Postby CaptForce » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:03 am

Tex, Let me share a couple of strategies that Nancie and I used to deal with the intake of debris at anchor. We were always more susceptible to sucking up weeds ans jellyfish at anchor,- 'a little speed underway and they blow by. The ultimate solution is a "sea chest". This is a large manifold made of a single good size intake into the chest and an array of supply water tubes for engines, generators, RO water-makers, etc. These are often on larger vessels with much engine room space. We used a Raritan ca. gallon sized raw water filter that's found in numerous marine supply catalogs. This is a strong plastic container with a big basket. I kept a second filter basket for the quick exchange after the 3 am jellyfish mob attack. My second defense was a "T" fitting placed on the effluent hose from my Raritan filter basket. I kept a hose from this "T" with the distill end well above the waterline and with a closed valve. I could blow debris off my raw water intake by attaching a pressure water source to this hose. This could be a wash down pump, but I used this more at the dock with a shore supply hose. The third and best solution is to cruise to Maine for the summer,- 'no Red Tide; no big swarms of jellyfish, no need for running the AC......

Nancie and I have now been living ashore for 18 months since selling Aythya. We've taken some exciting trips to some wondrous places,- Cuba, Estonia, Greenland,.... I still pause at the opened refrigerator door with the thrill of seeing all the bottles and cans standing straight up, but I do miss my ketch. 'take care and joy!
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Re: First night cruising hot summer anchorages

Postby scallywag » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:35 pm

CaptForce, Glad to hear you and Nancie are doing well and traveling. How about posting some pictures? Tex, Janice aboard Seaweed came to mind. I do not think she has an air conditioner. I had a Carry On air conditioner aboard Scallywag. My son turned it down in the middle of the night when we were docked in Ft. Myers in August. That was before the Red Tide. Sailing on Delaware Bay in August, I wore dungarees and a heavy long sleeve demine shirt to keep warm. I also remember my dad telling me, he could not take the heat anymore and was returning to Florida. I also agree with CaptForce, GO NORTH YOUNG MAN, GO NORTH.

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Re: First night cruising hot summer anchorages

Postby tex » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:54 pm

Well, After a week out on the ICW, I guess we can say we all “adjusted”. Other than the genset shutdown issues, everything else worked well. Our first test of our fresh Walker Bay RIB and new Honda 2.3 air cooled outboard brought “hoots & hollers” from the Admiral. We were particularly smitten with the ease and access of the dinghy launch system, greatly complemented by the untried swim platform. Launch & retrieval took about two minutes for each. Hand crank winches with dynema and line locks instead of blocks & tackle made operation so simple.

Great advice above, have thought often about a sea chest but I’m not sure of where to locate it. It seems sensible to do one primarily for the main engine and generator, but the lines to the A/C raw water pump and wash-down will be pretty long. One thing for sure is the genset intake needs to be deeper in the water.

I’ve got a list of twenty or so fixes and changes to make while the Admiral is in Germany for six weeks. We’ll probably curb cruising over the summer and start out again in the fall. Thanks guys for the feedback.
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Re: First night cruising hot summer anchorages

Postby RTB » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:26 pm

So where are you these days, Tex? I have been seeing some disturbing photos and videos about red tide in Florida. What a sad mess!
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Re: First night cruising hot summer anchorages

Postby tex » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:29 am

Yeah, we’ve got the Red Tide again. We lucked out for a while, but the whole coast from Sarasota to Marco Island is pretty bad. Huge fish kills.

Fortunately, my Admiral is in Germany for another 20 days, but if the Red Tide is still here when she returns, we’re out of here, probably north to Tarpon Springs or the Panhandle.
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