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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

So what happened to us?



A long long day and too tired to blog. Nothing sinister. Winds were light, but we sailed as much as we could. At the end of the day the wind died completely and we were still a half dozen miles from where we wanted to anchor. It was a bit stressful but thanks to our little GPS map plotter we were able to stay in the channel, even in the total dark.

By the time the anchor was set it was getting late. Progresso makes some pretty good stews and chilies packed in tear open bags that don't need refrigeration. When tired it's good to have an easy to heat meal. I'm sure these one pot meals taste a lot better on the boat than they do at home.

We anchored at Picnic island again. What can I say, the dog loves that place. It's a good sized spoil island and she can run around as much as she likes. The winds were light once more so we had to motor all the way to Moss Marine in Ft. Myers Beach. It's a pricey place, but it has a great captain's lounge that allows dogs. With thunderstorms predicted we were looking for a place to get off the boat and take the dog with us.

We'd planned on staying three nights until the storm passed, but it's actually cheaper to pay for a week than three days. Might as well stay longer. There's a lot of stuff to do at Ft. Myer's Beach and this marina is in the heart of it.

Another guy with a sailboat in the marina invited us over for drinks tomorrow. He and his girlfriend never sailed before. That didn't stop them from buying a boat in Boston and sailing it down to Florida. I bet they have some interesting stories.

-Sixbears

17 comments:

  1. Pretty brave guy...to have never sailed before and to just go for it!

    Sounds like a real adventure!

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    1. Quite a few people just go for it. I'm surprised more don't drown. :)

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  2. See if you can find out about those stories and then post them for all of us to read.

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    1. Good idea Dizzy. I see if any of them are fit to print. :)

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    1. Thanks Gorges. We keep a close eye on the weather and the location of protected places to wait it out.

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  4. I am enjoying reading your adventures Sixbears, keep them coming!joel

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  5. Just wondering, does your new boat have a built in stove or do you use a camping stove to cook on?

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    1. I use a one burner camp stove, propane. It does have a built in sink with a manual water pump.

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  6. Now there's an interesting neighbor! Bet y'all can swap stories for quite a while, with him telling you what he did and you saying "Well, I might have done this instead ..". Entertainment and enlightenment in a single evening. Sounds like a good swap...

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    1. There are a thousand stories on the dock, I'm sure.

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  7. Where did you find those soup in a bag meals? Sounds like something I'd like to buy a few cases of for my long term storage.

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    1. It was a new display at Publix. Tried the beef stew and the chili, both were good.

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  8. Ah Ft. Myers Beach...we did our cruising in that area, way back when it was an all open anchorage. Yet very boater friendly, one guy had an open dinghy dock for all cruisers and gave free water too. There was open canal access to within a hundred yards of a grocery store too. I hear it's not so open there now days. Hence the need to stay in the marina eh ?

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  9. Ah Ft. Myers Beach...we did our cruising in that area, way back when it was an all open anchorage. Yet very boater friendly, one guy had an open dinghy dock for all cruisers and gave free water too. There was open canal access to within a hundred yards of a grocery store too. I hear it's not so open there now days. Hence the need to stay in the marina eh ?

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    1. Yep. Very limited anchorage. There is still dinghy dock access so that's something. We are this marina as it's very dog friendly and the dog can stay inside with us. Still, not cheap.

      We enjoyed our stay at the Boca Grande bayou. Free dinghy dock and protected anchorage. However, the restaurants are generally pretty darn pricey and no discount food shopping.

      Good to see you are still out there in Internet land. Hope you are doing well these days.

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