Sanding in Stuart

11/18-12/5/2015  Summary:  Once again we headed to the boat with full intentions of moving south. But once again, that was not to be, not because we couldn’t, but because we determined it just didn’t make any sense. As we looked for a marina south where we could leave the boat, we …

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New Flybridge Enclosure Completed

10/19-23/2015  Summary: 
 This was a short trip to the boat to check out the new enclosure, figure out what to do with our unpaintable anchor pulpit, have new batteries installed, plus a few other odd chores. We are extremely satisfied with the new enclosure! The new O’Sea glass is so clear …

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Building an anchor pulpit

10/5-8/2015  Summary:  Tom took a short trip to the boat to meet with Steve on the final design of the flybridge enclosure and get some work done on the bow pulpit. Steve had installed the top cover on the new frame and as Tom walked up to the boat (pictured above), …

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Flybridge frame misunderstanding

  9/15-22/2015  Summary:  Tom headed down to the boat to move it back from the maintenance marina to Sunset Bay Marina and work on the anchor pulpit. However, when he arrived at the boat, he had an email from Steve Schrimsher, the canvas guy, asking him to call about an …

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Flybridge enclosure design trip

8/13-18/2015  Summary:   For Tom, the process of having a custom-built flybridge enclosure and frame is not just an “Okay, do what you think is right” for the builder. He put a lot of thought into the frame and where it would attach to the boat, the materials and how …

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Sarasota to Stuart

Greetings, and welcome back. Quick note that our last 2 posts were not “posted” correctly the first time, so you may have missed them.  If you’re interested, you can read Stuck in Sarasota – Again, and Quick trip to check on power problem. 7/23-8/3/2015  Summary:  We arrived on the boat in …

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Quick trip to check power problem


7/5-8/2015  Summary:  For several days we had been getting messages from the alarm system on the boat that the batteries were low and the temperature in the boat was high. We called the marina and they found a circuit breaker blown and moved us to a different power source.  We still had alerts so on …

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Stuck in Sarasota – Again

6/16 – 29/2015  Summary:  We arrived at the boat fully intending to get the window replaced, then move south to Ft. Myers, a 4 or 5 day trip. The window was to be removed on Wednesday and the new one installed on Friday, then we would head south on Saturday. Well…that didn’t …

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5 days in Sarasota

5/18-23/2015  Summary:  Our time on the boat was a combination of work and play. We flew into Tampa and drove down, getting there in time for an early night.  The big task of the trip was rerouting the TV wiring, but praise God, it worked first time!  We didn’t move …

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Clearwater to Sarasota

4/15 – 25/2015  Summary:  We returned to the boat on tax day, ready to explore the Clearwater area. While there, the Sugar Sand Festival was underway, just minutes from our boat, with some beautiful sand sculptures.  We met friends in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs, a Greek Community known for its Sponge Docks where boats go out to harvest …

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The Crossing

  3/25 – 4/1/2015  Summary:  We arrived on the boat on the 25th with a list of items to do before we made the crossing from Carrabelle to Clearwater. Tom started on the mechanical list while Paula continued to get things organized, including her new set of dishes. The weather held us off …

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On our way, on our own

This blog is as much for us as it is to share our adventure with others. We figure when we get old (no comments, please), it will be a good way to reminisce about the trip. So the first couple of paragraphs are a summary of this two-week stay on …

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Another week in Pensacola

1/13 – 21/2015  Well, mid-January came and we went to Pensacola fully intending to get started on the loop by ourselves. We had a list of things we needed to do before we started moving, which we thought would take “a couple of days.” Things were going well (although a bit hectic …

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A week in Pensacola

12/6-12/2014  Summary:  We arrived mid-afternoon in Pensacola, rented a car, and headed for the boat. It looked just like we left it, so we headed out to McGuire’s Irish Pub. McGuire’s is huge! It’s a 615-seat restaurant the size of a football field (minus the end zones) that has been …

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We finally did it!

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11/15-16/2014  Summary:  Well we finally did it…we left Gulfport, MS on the start of our Great Loop (GL) adventure.  Tom met Brian Welch at the Gulfport, MS (GPT) airport at 6:00 AM, where he left off the rental car.  We had finished the major items on the “To Do” list …

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