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Monday, 9 April 2012
Pelican Bay to Cape Coral, FL
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 2
Well we had a plan and it did not go exactly as we would have liked. Got up early and cleaned the bottom of SAILS but everything else fell apart… we pulled the anchor and departed from Pelican Bay at 1615 hours… only 4 hours later than we planned… destination for the night Cape Coral.

It was an uneventful cruise… although there was a lot more boat traffic than I expected for a Monday… we had the current against us the entire trip… well when we turned out of the ICW at marker 92… Tarpon Point… we had the current with us for 5 minutes. We were going to anchor in Glover Bight just off of Tarpon Point Marina but opted to go a little further into the Cape to Rum Runners Restaurant Docks... we have stayed here before and it makes it much easier to walk Beecha… no dropping the dinghy off the boat. Also, we have an early start tomorrow… need to be underway by 0700 hours in order to make the 0900 opening of Franklin Locks… the two outer locks are on a restricted opening schedule… opening only on the odd hours… 0700, 0900, 1100, etc… to make Moore Haven tomorrow before dark we need to make the 0900 opening. We won’t have to get up so early if we are at a dock.

Today we traveled for 4 hours covering 25.54 nautical miles averaging 6.39 knots.
Posted at 9:04 PM
Sunday, 8 April 2012
Punta Gorda,FL to Pelican Bay
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 1
At approximately 1945 hours we had cast our lines and were departing from Fishermen’s Village Marina, Punta Gorda, Florida and beginning our trip north… final destination Rhode Island. We had hoped to depart a little earlier but being Easter Sunday we spent the afternoon with family in Cape Coral having Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt with the grand kids. The afternoon was awesome and yet very sad as this was also goodbye… we would not see them again till November or December. It was also very sad saying goodbye to all our friends at the marina… they had all come out to assist us getting away from the dock.

We did get a late start but we were only going to Pelican Bay for the night… I needed to clean the bottom of the boat before the long trip north and the water is not the clearest in Fishermen’s Village… and I also need to turn in my final towing forms and get my final check from work… TowBoatUS Charlotte Harbor… so a night in Pelican Bay… an early morning dive and bottom cleaning… a quick ride in the dingy to Bokeelia to finalize things at TowBoatUS and we would depart by noon.

Today we traveled for 3 hours and 5 minutes covering 16.41 nautical miles averaging 5.32 knots.
Posted at 2:09 PM
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Cape Coral, FL to Punta Gorda,FL
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 41
We departed on the last leg of our trip from Rhode Island to Florida at 0800 hours... not far to go so we left a little later... enjoying the morning.

The anchorage had a very muddy bottom... sticking to the chain like glue as I raised it... so it took a little longer to retrieve it... taking in a foot or so at a time and hosing it off as I went... :)

Being a Saturday there was a lot of boat traffic... mostly smaller boats but there were a few larger boats... we did not actually pass any boats... everyone was passing us today... :)

The trip was smooth until we got to Charlotte Harbor and then the wind picked up... blowing about 20 knots with some stronger gusts over 25 knots... it stirred the waves up in the harbor and we had good chop to deal with... making more noise and spray than anything else... had the winds all the way up the harbor.

We arrived to Fishermen's Village Marina in Punta Gorda, FL at approximately 1430 hours and were directed to slip B-15 for the night... directly adjacent to B-13 which we had occupied the previous year. Randy from the marina told us that we would move over to B-13 on Sunday once the boat occupying the slip now left.

We were securely docked at 1445 hours. The slip we are in now is 18 feet wide between pilings... our beam is 18 feet... so we are sitting between the two pilings very snugly... :)

We traveled today for 6 hours and 45 minutes covering 43.74 nautical miles and averaging 6.48 knots.

Trip totals to date:

Distance: 1637.8 nautical miles (1834.47 statute miles)
Hours: 254 hours 50 minutes
Avg Spd: 6.43 knots (7.39 miles per hour)
Avg distance per day: 56.48 nautical miles (64.95 statute miles)
Days moving: 29
Days not moving: 12 total (3 days for weather delay, 9 days for mechanical)
Posted at 4:37 PM
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