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Sunday, January 17, 2016
We pulled into Venice Florida and are once again staying at a marina. This is more marina time than we planned, but my lovely wife has friends here in Venice so we hope to meet up with them.
It wasn't supposed to be a great sailing day, nor is the ICW considered good sailing waters. In spite of that we sailed enough to only use about a quart of gasoline. Not too shabby.
The route required us to get 5 different bridges to open. There's a procedure for that. The bridges on the west coast of Florida operate on VHF channel 9. You hail them on the radio giving the name of your boat and using the name of the bridge. Most of these bridges opened on request which means they open soon after you ask. One of today's bridges opens on a schedule, but we only had to wait 10 minutes, so it wasn't too bad.
Always, always, always be polite to the Bridgemaster. A huge powerboat did not identify itself by name. They took forever to get around to calling the bridge by name, and on top if it they were rude to the Bridgemaster. They were ignored. They ended up squeezing through the unopened bridge by staying in the center of the channel and passing where the bridge arched a bit.
I came up behind them, was polite and used proper protocol, and the bridge opened right away. The Bridgemaster was laughing.
This is the view over the stern of the boat. Way in the distance is one of the bridges that opened for me.
There's an awful lot of powerboat traffic on the weekend. Very few slow down to limit their wakes. Some power through the no wake manatee zones. We saw a manatee in one of those zones so they are definitely there for a reason.
What do think about this boat? It's a bargain!
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.