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Saturday, 26 March 2016
FL to CT - Day 1
Punta Gorda, FL to Cabbage Key, FL
Seems like it was just yesterday when we arrived to Florida in December and now we are starting our trip back to Connecticut. As Susan described it… it was like leaving summer camp... both happy and sad feelings about leaving... sad to say goodbye to all our friends at Fishermen’s Village... yet happy to be on the move again.

We were not going far today... just to the Cabbage Key/Useppa Island area. I need to dive under SAILS and clean the bottom from sitting in the marina for 3 months and just do not want to do that in the marina... water to say the least is not that clear... much better when you get close to the Gulf of Mexico. Normally, we would go to Pelican Bay and do this, however this time our friends Mike and Susie from Fishermen's are coming out on their sailboat to meet up with us for a day or two… Mike’s sailboat has a 6.5ft draft and getting into Pelican Bay would difficult if he could even get in to it... we have 5ft draft and there are spots that we are very close to the bottom if not scraping it.

Since we were only going about 20 miles or so we did not rush away at day break… departing Fishermen’s at 1030. It was a little windier than forecast and we had 2 foot seas coming down Charlotte Harbor… seeing winds 15 to 20 knots… nothing that really affected us but just different than forecast.... I guess I should get used to that since it is rarely like the NOAA forecast.

Being Saturday there was a lot of small boat traffic running about this way and that... we won’t be moving again till Monday morning so hopefully they have all gone home by then.

We arrived to our destination for the night at 1430 and dropped the hook at is N26°39.407’, W082°12.977’ directly between Cabbage Key and Useppa Island. We traveled today for 4 hours covering 22.58 nautical miles averaging 5.65 knots.

Posted at 2:12 PM

Trip Statistics
2015 Trip South
We departed from Oyster Bay, NY on November 22, 2015 and arrived to Punta Gorda, FL on December 24, 2015.

Overall: 33 days
Moving: 27 days
Stopped: 6 days
1 day in Atlantic City, NJ waiting for weather.
1 day in Chesapeake City, MD visit friends.
3 days in Oriental, NC engine issues.
1 day in Fernandina Beach, FL rest after overnight passage.

Distance traveled: 1,664.9 statute miles
Moving: 238.25 hours
Averages:
61.7 statute miles per day
6.99 miles per hour
8 hours and 49 minutes per day

Marinas, Docks, Anchorages:
9 nights PAID docks
21 nights FREE docks
2 nights anchored.
Posted at 1:54 PM
Thursday, 24 December 2015
CT to FL Day 33
Alva, FL to Punta Gorda, FL
We left Franklin Locks Park at 0650 and proceeded to the arrival point of the Franklin Locks. We locked through at approxi8mately 0715 and were underway on the final leg of our trip south.

We were very lucky today with currents... nothing spectacular but we did maintain speeds over 6 knots all day long. It was like SAILS knew it was close to the end of the trip and wanted to get home as quickly as possible.

There were tons of boats out... we had not seen as many boats our entire trip as we saw today. They were everywhere and going every direction.

We had some friends from Punta Gorda that were heading to Fort Myers Beach for the weekend and we passed them just off of St. James and they took a photo of us as we passed... They will be back to Punta Gorda on Friday and will be good to see them.

We arrived to Punta Gorda at approximately 1700... right in the middle of docktails so we were greeted by many of our friends that spend the winter here in Fishermen's as we docked. It was good to be back and have such a welcoming group of friends.

We were securely docked at Fishermen's Village Marina at 1720. Our position for the winter 26°55.738'N 082°03.824'W. We traveled today for 10 hours and 30 minutes covering 65.1 nautical miles averaging 6.2 knots.
Posted at 6:05 PM
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