2018-01-17 Lake Okeechobee Crossing

We had a terrific time in Stuart but it was time to get our girl Magnolia underway and see how she does out in the wild. Our plan was to cross Florida via the Lake Okeechobee. 


The Admiral does a great job at putting together a list of “events” we need to get through the following day. Things like bridge opening, locks and shallow spots.  


The Pilothouse setup and ready to go, just need to pull the sunscreen.


Finally, we are off as pictured by M/V Amici


We hardly got going when we saw these to Bald Eagles looking for something to pick up for dinner.


We entered our first lock and the doors are closed behind us.


Our first nights stop was at Indiantown Marina when this guy came by looking for a snack to come his way. We were glad we were not it!


As we began our transit across the lake we could see the smoke from what we believe was a sugar field burn off.


Our second night was spent in Clewston, FL. I watched for sometime as these two faced off on who owns the roof!


Our next night was planned to spend at anchor in the type of place we enjoy the most. We have a reputation of being “adventuresome” anchorers. We like to get off the beaten path for a night of quiet and solitude. Lolipop sounded right up our alley. As we approached the entrance it slowly revealed itself.


The channel was not wide enough to turn around so we were committed.


As we had hoped, we were rewarded with a surrounding cattle pasture.


It was really funny about how the cows just stared as us as were were getting the anchor down…


Speaking of, there was a small toast towards our anchor Vulcan on her first time down and taking responsibility for the vessels safety.




The final day of our crossing ended in Glover Bight at Cape Coral FL. A well protected anchorage with some lovely views is always very welcome.



We stayed and extra day to relax and enjoy a fine lunch ashore at Rumrunners!


Off to Charlotte Harbor tomorrow!

2018-01-09 “Yes its next year…”

I keep wondering when things will slow down, not that anything is bad or anything, just that time flies by so fast!!! We finally got out of the boat yard once and for all…well at-least for now. December was spent getting use to our new home and most importantly reconnecting with family and friends…well yes there were a few boat chores tossed in there. Might as well as start there…yes, there is always a bilge pump switch needing to be swapped out. The bilges on this boat have not been cared for all that well so there is much more cleaning to get done….its an ongoing project.


The saloon lighting also received an upgrade with some recessed light along the outer edges. We did something similar on the sail boat and were very happy with the outcome.


The mooring field is part of Sunset Bay so you can obviously see where the name comes from.  I still think Tucson, AZ is the best place for sunsets, but this is a close second.


Annette made a backing for the solar panel and it was my job to set the grommets. Sure glad we have this semi sledge hammer made for the job!


We were able to meet up with my old Ticonderoga shipmate Mike for a pre-Christmas libation. He relocated to the Stuart are and it has been great reconnecting!


Our friend Mimz returned to Florida from her cooler home….cannot believe she did not stay in the summer like we did. She did seem to enjoy her visit aboard. I am thinking she is a stow-away risk, a welcome one that is for sure.


Annette’s sister Rochelle and Robins came for a vacation to FL and we were able to steal a little of there away time to spend with us. It was a terrific afternoon and fun evening.


As we crept closer to the holiday season the weather crept closer to unacceptable. We had several days of down right cold temperatures! That fog is not from warm air…just say’n.


Annette and i managed a 48 hour trip to DC for Christmas eve and Christmas day. We enjoyed an evening with my cousins and catching up with the other GenIV’s



One surprise was the popularity of the Magnolia-M cap during the white elephant exchange. That cap changed hands several time!


Back in Stuart, FL we celebrated a birthday on New Years eve. It was a fun time with Pegasus, Amici, Exuberant and Magnolia all together once again!


Under that category of it takes a village…this 88lb Rocna Vulcan beast required the whole village to get aboard. My friend Burt helped me get the old CQR off the bow and delivered ashore. Out mutual friend Mary drove us uptown for the pickup and we got in the dink just before the weather really kicked up. We left is rest in the dink for a day till the wind laid down and Annette and I got her mounted on the bow. This monster is going to be making for some good sleep! ….btw, yes there are some “real” shackles on the way!


We wrapped the holidays with Amici arriving in Stuart and much food and drink ensued. We managed time aboard and ashore!




Exuberant and Amici beyond!


Next post….we are FINALLY outta here!!!!


Until then, be safe! A**2