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Thursday, 27 February 2014
Insurance Survey Trip
Punta Gorda to Pelican Bay - Day 1
Unexpected trip... our boat insurance renewal came through and it had increased 40% from last year. So, we got some quotes and BoatUS came through as the best value for the dollar. However, they are requiring an out-of-ware survey to bind the insurance. Did some investigation and the closest boat yard that can haul SAILS was Gulf Marine Ways at Fort Myers Beach.

Scheduled a haul out with them for February 28th at 1300... about a 7.5 hour cruise to reach them and due to work Susan and I only have a small window to make the trip.

I was on call today Thursday and had to stay in Punta Gorda till late afternoon... typically, I am free and do not expect towboat calls after sunset... only had one night call since we arrived in late December 2013. So we planned to leave at sunset 1830. The weather was crappy all day and virtually no boat traffic and VHF radio traffic was dead so we opted to leave earlier at 1730.

Had 20 knot winds and current on our nose so we did not make the best time... taking 3.5 hours to go 21 nautical miles averaging under 6 knots and it was raining the entire trip. Still raining now as I write this blog entry. supposed to be nicer tomorrow with some sunshine... although it is forecast to be cooler with high of 70 degrees.

We also opted to not anchor and pulled up to the Cayo Costa State Park docks and tied up at 2100... we will be leaving in the morning at approximately 0800 for the remaining 4-5 hours to Fort Myers Beach.

Posted at 8:22 PM
Monday, 23 December 2013
Trip Statistics
2013 Trip
Stamford, CT to Punta Gorda, FL
We departed from Stamford, CT on November 21, 2013 and arrived to Punta Gorda, FL on December 23, 2013.

Overall: 33 days
Moving: 29 days
Stopped: 4 days
2 days in Atlantic City, NJ waiting for weather.
1 day in Chesapeake City, MD waiting for weather.
1 day in Deltaville, VA waiting for weather.

Distance traveled: 1,656.05 statute miles
Moving: 224 hours
Averages:
57 statute miles per day
7.4 miles per hour
7 hours and 43 minutes per day

Marinas, Docks, Anchorages:
13 nights PAID docks
18 nights FREE docks
1 night anchored.
Posted at 4:52 PM

CT to FL Day 33 (Final Day)
Fort Myers, FL to Punta Gorda, FL
Yesterday we had a great afternoon with the kids and grandkids... after the church play we all went out to lunch... Ruby our youngest granddaughter was not there... she was feeling bad and had stayed with her other grand parents instead of coming to church so di not get to see her yet... but will see her on Christmas Day.... anyway, had a great lunch at a barbeque place in North Fort Myers... not sure what the name of it was but the food was good.

After Lunch my son Mark took me to pick up our car from storage out off of Highway 31... they had charged the battery and washed the car and had it out waiting for me to pick it up... very nice people... ever need to store your car I highly recommend them... Highway 31 Storage. Mark then followed me to Punta Gorda to drop off the car.

We returned to Fort Myers and Mark, his wife Maryland and our grandchildren Elizabeth and Lucas spent a few hours catching up on things... was a very nice afternoon.

Later that evening Susan and I went out on the town... downtown Fort Myers to celebrate our anniversary... we had a great dinner at "The Firestone"... a very rustic place 3 stories high with roof top dinning if you want... we opted to dine inside.

The day was nice but it was really a little too much "reality" all at once... we were not really ready for the trip to be over and everything was coming to and end way too fast... LOL Good nights sleep and up at 0600 to be ready to depart at 0700 on the final leg of our 2013 trip south.

We departed at 0700 sharp and headed out onto the Caloosahatchee River bound for Punta Gorda. The tide was going out so we had a nice boost of speed all the way Pine Island... miserable mile area. For a Monday there was a lot of boat traffic... I think the most we have seen since we started on the trip... all local boats... a lot of rental boats... all sizes.

We did pickup the boost again as we turned out of the GICW into Charlotte Harbor at Boca Grande Pass and we kept this push all the way to Fishermen's Village Marina... our winter home and final stop. As we docked in our slip we saw many familiar faces... a very nice thing to see. The trip south was over and a new adventure starts.

We were securely docked at 1430. We traveled today for 7.5 hours covering 53.6 nautical miles averaging 7.1 knots.


Posted at 4:45 PM
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