|CAPTAINS LOG: 2017 GREAT LOOP; GH 37 COLORADO COWBOY|
|Date||Category||Desc||StartLocation||End location||Miles||MARINA ANCHORAGE||Notes|
|03/02/17||Cruising||ON THE LOOP||Ft Myers Beach, FL||Goodland, FL||64||Calusa Island||Boat at Olsen Marine for re-fit 12/2-3/25, month late|
|03/03/17||Shore activity||weather delay||Goodland||0||Calusa Island||waiting for winds to suubside to cross Florida Bay|
|03/04/17||Shore activity||weather delay||Goodland||0||Calusa Island||waiting for winds to suubside to cross Florida Bay|
|03/05/17||Shore activity||weather delay||Goodland||0||Calusa Island||waiting for winds to suubside to cross Florida Bay|
|03/06/17||Shore activity||weather delay||Goodland||0||Calusa Island||waiting for winds to suubside to cross Florida Bay|
|03/07/17||Cruising||On to the Keys||Goodland||Flamingo||144||Flamingo||One of the engines stopped running intermittently. Limped into Flamingo, jump-off point to the Everglades, very limited services; minor grounding in mud on channel into boat basin.|
|03/08/17||Cruising||Across Florida Bay||Flamingo||Duck Key||48||Hawks Key||same problem
w/ engine, got into Hawks Key, contacted a mobile service for repair
eng hrs estimated
|03/09/17||Shore activity||repairs||Duck key||0||Hawks Key||fuel line plug found, all ok|
|03/10/17||Cruising||headed north||Duck key||Homestead||72||Homestead||Long day up the inside AICW, very shallow|
|03/11/17||Cruising||North to Ft Lauderdale||Homestead||Ft Lauderdale||48||Cooley's Landing Marina||Wild day, Saturday through Key Biscayne, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and a real zoo going up the New River; lots of boat traffic.|
|03/12/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||Saly left for Hong Kong|
|03/13/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||working on electronics upgrade and engine work|
|03/14/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||working on electronics upgrade and engine work|
|03/15/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing|
|03/15/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||working
on electronics upgrade and engine
appts made for Langer-Krell and Yacht Management
|03/16/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||?
from Yacht Management came to boat to evaluate scope of work
Parrish from Langer Krell: took photos, to send electronice proposal
|03/17/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||Call
from Yacht Management; all booked up
for two weeks
TT ServiceOne, will take a look
|03/18/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||played golf, no appts|
|03/19/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||played golf, Sally returned|
|03/20/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||no activity|
|03/21/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||no activity|
|03/22/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||no activity|
|03/23/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||no activity|
|03/24/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||Accepted
proposal from Langer-Krell
ServiceOne some work, will work saturday
|03/25/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||Zack and Mark from ServiceOne worked all day, repaced salon a/c, a/c cooling water supply line, started engie work|
|03/26/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||golf|
|03/27/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||golf|
|03/28/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||Zack checked exhaust elbows, shot, need replaced, evidence of leaks in heat exhangers, removed to be tested|
|03/29/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing|
|03/30/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||took screens to JP Downs, not US Metals to get SS screens replaced|
|03/30/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||George
from Langer-Krell started electronices install, old parts removed
US Metals: can't get screen to adhere to frames, contacted New found Metals; ordered new screens and frames
TF Zack: Yanmar delivered wrong exhaust elbow, week plus on backorder
|03/31/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||Electronic
install completed except for new transducer and AIS
AIS received late in the day
|04/01/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing|
|04/02/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing|
|04/03/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance||had boat towed to First Performance for transducer install|
|04/04/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||waiting for haulout, minimal work done on shower sump pumbing|
|04/05/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||boat hauled no work done|
|04/06/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||boat hauled no work done|
|04/07/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing||bottom
paint spot repaired, transducer installed, diver plate anode and bonding system installed.
part needed for plumbing repair didn't come in
|04/08/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing|
|04/09/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||Cooley's Landing|
|04/10/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||waitn fo exhaust elbows from Japan|
|04/11/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Nothing
from Zack didn't tell me who his supplier was when I asked. Checked internet, found one exhaust elbow on eBay, couple of others
around the country, delivery 4-5 days
Mike at First Performance contact Sunpower, told him there were three in inventory at Yanmar Atlanta distributio center; Zack later related his supplier said 5 shipped from Japan, 2 for us, 3 to inventory. Supplier said due into Regional center at St Petersberg on Th, ship to Ft Lauderdale, Fri. Supplier told him they would stay open till shipment arrived.
|04/12/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||TT Zack: thought he could make it Thursday, working on a boat onthe hard, not a rush job|
|04/13/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Zack no show, called him, said couldn't make it, no explanation|
|04/14/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Talked to Zack: said parts house didn't stay open long enough to receive exhaust elbows, will pick up Monday and work on boat, has sea trial in afternoon. Asked him to bring injectors and heat exchangers back to boat.|
|04/15/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Easter
Golf w/ Sally at Inverrary CC
|04/16/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Easter
Golf w/ Sally at Pembrook Lakes, great course, fantastic Easter Brunch buffet
|04/17/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Zack
arrived 10am, exhaust elbows still
enroute, Tues or Wed. Replaced
Still work due on strainers, risers.
|04/18/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||No activity; worked on cleaning rub rail, strbrd aft spring line cleat|
|04/19/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Golf
jws only at Woodmont GC, gone to
seed, nothing special but
Zack: Called in afternoon, said involved in mess, will be there first light TH am
|04/20/17||Shore activity||repairs||Ft Lauderdale||0||First Performance Marina||Zack finally showed up around noon, finished job, engines started, all good.
|04/21/17||Cruising||Headed north finally||Ft lauderdale||Del Ray Beach||32||Delray Harbor Club Marina||Stateroom
head, quit working before we left, decided to deal with it at First Performance, pulled pump
and tank, all gunked up w/ pisscrete, decided to replace whole unit,
also decided to do small head
also. All done by 1, left at 2
Dinner at Graingers in Delray Beach
|04/22/17||Cruising||North||Del Ray Beach||Stuart||64||Pirates Cove, Manatee Pocket Stuart|
|04/23/17||Cruising||Stuart to Sebastian River||Stuart||St. Sebastian||56||Sebastian Inlet Marina|
|04/24/17||Cruising||St Sebastian to Cocoa Beach||St Sebastian Inlet||Cocoa Beach||48||Cocoa Village Marina||Put
out anchor for first time, had trouble getting bridle to work in a 15mph
Diinner w/ tootsie and Charles Davidson at Chez Markquesa in Coco Village, ok, not spectacular.
|04/25/17||Shore activity||Cocoa Village Marina for the day||Cocoa, FL||0||Cocoa Village Marina||bike ride, Rockledge Dri south in am, enterprise rental car, to Orlando in pm for Dinner at Chez Vincent in Winter Park w/ Craig Macnab and wife Diedre; very nice dinner, good converstion, nothing much substantitve.|
|04/27/17||Cruising||New Smyrna to St Augustine||New Smyrna Beach City Marina||Camachee Cove marina||64||Comanche Cove|
|04/28/17||Cruising||St Augustine to Amelia Island||St Augusting||Amelia Island||56||Amelia Island marina||took a long bike ride in evening|
|04/29/17||Cruising||Amelia Island to anchorage off of Altahama River||Amelia Island||mm 660||64||Anchored out west of marker 209|
|04/30/17||Cruising||Little St Simons anchorage to Herb River anchorage near Savannah||72||Herb River SE os Savannah|
|05/01/17||Cruising||Herb River to Harbour Town||Herb River Anchorage||Harbour Town Marina||24||Harbour Town||short
day past Savanna to Hilton Head
1 hr bike ride to south end of island; dinner at Plantation Club, so-so
|05/02/17||Shore activity||layover day at Hilton Head||Harbour Town Marina||0||Harbour Town||golf at Harbour Town links course, beatiful day, great golf course|
|05/03/17||Cruising||Harbour Town to Edisto Island||Harbour Town, Sea Pines Marina||Edisto Beach Marina||64||Edisto Beach||Another
day in the Georgia salt marsh
1.5 hr bike ride at Edisto Beach, mostly a weekender place, not much retail, lots of beach
|05/04/17||Cruising||Edisto Island to Charleston||48||Charleston City Marina||More
Dinner at The Swamp Fox downton
|05/05/17||Shore activity||Day in Charleston||0||Charleston City Marina||AM van tour: Lowcountry Legends" Sally went on a gastronomy tour in pm|
|05/06/17||Cruising||Charleston to Minimum Creek Anchorage||Charleston||Minimum Creek, north of North Santee River||40|
|05/07/17||Cruising||Minim Creek to Georgetown||Minim Creek anchorage||Georgetown, SC||40||Harbour Walk Marina|
|05/08/17||Shore activity||Docked at Georgetown, SC; golf||Harbour Walk Marina, Georgetown||0||Harbour Walk Marina||Got n enterprise rental car, golf at True blue Golf Club, very good course, lunch at course|
|05/09/17||Shore activity||docked at Georgetown, SC||0||Harbour Walk||golf at Caledonia Golf and Fish Camp, grocery shopping, dinner on boat|
|05/10/17||Cruising||Georgetown SC to North Myrtley Beach||Georgetown, SC||North Myrtle Beach, SC||48||Barefoot Marina||Up the Waccamaw River, prettiest crusing day of the trip|
|05/11/17||Cruising||North Myrtle Beach||Southport NC||48||Southport Marina||Docktails on Nearly Perfect w/ local harbour hosts|
|05/12/17||Cruising||Southport to Mile Hammock Bay Camp LeJuene||Southport||Mile Hammock Bay||64||Mile Hammock Bay||rough
first half hour on Cape Fear River
Docktails w/ Nearly Perfect and Journey
|05/13/17||Cruising||short crusing day||Mile Hummock Bay||Swansboro||16||Caspers Marina||2
hrs to Swansboro docked around 1pm;
took 3.5 hr 25mile bike ride on Swansboro Centennial bike trail, poorly
marked; east to Pt Carter, N through burbs to Hwy 58, N on 58 (busy, minimal
shoulder) to Old Church Rd, back to Hwy 58 to Stella Rd, across the river,
Stella Rd to section of bike trail, paralleled busy road back towards town,
then through city back to marina.
Caspers, simple, quiet, too close to ICW, great showers.
|05/14/17||Cruising||another short day to Beaufort, NC||Swansboro||Beaufort, NC||32||Beaufort Docks Marina|
|05/15/17||Shore activity||Sally did shopping, laundry, museum; docktails in evening w/ a couple of loopers||Beaufort, NC||0||JWS, worked on computer all day, oil change both engines|
|05/16/17||Cruising||Went to post office, CVS and got a haircut. Left Beaufort at 11, arr Oriental 2pm, nice short day||Beaufort||Oriental||56||Oriental Marina and Inn||late lunch at M&Ms good food large portions; talked to Loopers from Maine for awhile.|
|05/17/17||Cruising||Beaufort to Oriental||Beaufort||Oriental||48||Oriental Marina and Inn||Lunch at M&Ms|
|05/18/17||Cruising||Oriental to Alligator River||Oiental||Aligator River||56|
|05/19/17||Cruising||Aligator River to Coinjock||Alligator River||Coinjock||48||Midland Marina||Bumpy
ride across Albermarle Sound, lots of boats at Coinjock, North Landing
bridge down for repairs.
26 mile bike ride up Hwy 158 to Sligo and back, tough ride on busy highway.
|05/20/17||Cruising||Coinjock to Portsmouth||Coinjock||Posrtsomouth||56||Tidewater Portsmouth||busy
day, lots of boats due to North
Landing bridge delay.
Norfold//Portsmouth large industrial port area, lots of military sw several aircraft carriers in dock.
Dinner w/ Terry and Dorothy (Magic) at german restaurant on High Street, marginal.
|05/21/17||Shore activity||In Tidewater Marina||Portsmouth||0||Tidewater||Sally went to church and store, I worked most of day|
|05/22/17||Cruising||Portsmouth to Yorktown||Tidewater Marina, Portsmouth||York River Yacht Haven Glocester Point||40||York River Yacht Haven||Intereisting winding our way through Norfolk/Hampdon Roads harbour, s saw a desteroyer and aircraft carrier departing. Chesapeake Bay is "big" water, somewhat intimidating after many days on the ICW|
|05/23/17||Shore activity||Yorktown-Williamsburg-Jamestown||Yorktown||0||York River Yacht Haven||Sally got a rental car from Enterprise, breakfast at Duke of York hotel in Yorktown, visited the Yorktown battlesite visitorr center and drove around the battlefield, Rained lightly all day. Took the Colonail Parkway to Williamsburg then to Jamestown and some time at the vistior center.|
|05/24/17||Cruising||York River to Yeocomico||York River||White Point||80||White Point||long day on the Chesapeak and Potomoc|
|05/25/17||Cruising||Yeocomico River to Aquia Creek||Yeocomico River||Aquia Creek||64|
|05/26/17||Cruising||Aquia Creek to DC||Aquia Creek||Washington DC||64||Gangplanck||another
day on the Potomac, had go around shooting range south of Quantico
Dinner at Ambars Balkan Restaurant on 8th St, very good small plate presentation, walked 2 miles back to boat through SE and SE DC
|05/27/17||Shore activity||bike ride in am; Sally's nieces/nephews picknic in pm||0||Sally and John biked around Washington Monument Mall and Capital, Sally returned to boat, John went to Georgetown and a couple of miles of C&D canal trail 3.5 hrs.|
|05/28/17||Cruising||DC to Colonial Beach||Gangplank Marina, Wash. DC||Colonial Beach||64||Boatyard at Colonial Beach||lots of junk on the upper Potomac, otherwise a beautiful day, not counting oil all over theengine room from leaving the oil fill cap off!|
|05/29/17||Cruising||short day||Colonial Beach||Smith Creek, Ridge MD||40||Point Lookout Marina||nearly ideal day, sunshine minimal wind|
|05/30/17||Cruising||short day Potomac to Chesapeake Bay||Lookout Point||Solomons||32||Zahnisars Marina|
|05/31/17||Cruising||northward on western shore of Potomac||Solomons||Herrington Bay||40||Herrington Harbour North||beautiful calm day, hardly a ripple|
|06/01/17||Shore activity||repairs||Deale MD||0||Herrington Harbour North||Met w/ Ian Zimmerman and Steven to go over boat work. Got rental car at Enterprise and took Sally to airport for trip to London.|
|06/02/17||Shore activity||repairs||Deale MD||0||Herrington Harbour North||Work w/ Zimmerman techs in am. Left around 11, drove to Frediericksburg, golf at Lee's Hill then on to Lexington|
|06/03/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Herrington Harbour North||Drove
south from Lexington to Roanoke then back north on Blue Ridge Parkway to
Waynesboro. Gave a guy who just completed Appalachian trail segment
Vermont to Waynesboro ride to
Golf at Swannanoa, old beat up track. Hotel at Charlottesville.
|06/04/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Herrington Harbour North||Continued tour through Shenandoah Nat. Park took Stoney Man Nature Trail. 100 miles on Skyline Drive to Front Royal. Golf at Shanandoah GC. Back to marina around 9pm.|
|06/05/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Herrington Harbour North||Office work and work w/ boat techs.|
|06/06/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Herrington Harbour North||Picked Sally up at Dulles in afternoon|
|06/07/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Herrington Harbour North||boat and office work|
|06/08/17||Cruising||Deale to Oxford||Herrington Harbour North Marina||Oxford MD||48||Hinkely Yachts||short crusie across Chesapeake Bay to eastern Shore|
|06/09/17||Cruising||Oxfrord to St Michaels||Oxford||St Michaels||32||St Michaels Marina (City Dock?)|
|06/10/17||Shore activity||At St Michaels||0||St Michaels||Bike ride to Pea Neck Road (1hr) in am. Then Uber to Hogs Neck golf course, played 9 hole executive course then 18hole main course.|
|06/11/17||Shore activity||St Michaels||0||St Michaels||Sally went to church, breakfast and maritime museum. JWS: office work in am, filled water tank, polished gof shoes, watched St Jude golf tournament in pm. Finally getting warm, low 90s today, bright sunshine.|
|06/12/17||Cruising||St Michaels to Queenstown Creek||St Michaels||Queenstown Creek||32||Anchored at Queenstown Creek|
|06/13/17||Cruising||anchorage to GC dock||Queenstown Creek||Queenstown Har bour dock||0||Queenstown Harbour Golf Club||moved
from anchorage to golf course dock, great set up, golf course brought golf
cart down for us to use
Played River Course, vey nice, hot
|06/14/17||Shore activity||golf at Queenstown||0||Played
Lakes course, not quite as good as River, hooked up w/ Guy Cherry on back
nine, older good golfer, talked a lot, I ended up playing another 9 w/
Club did not charge us for dockage.
|06/15/17||Cruising||Queenstown to Annapolis||24||Annapolis MD Capiatl Yacht Club||short
day across Chesapeake to Annapolis, marina end of Eastport
Went to Annapolis inflatables and bought used zodiac inflatable RIB and Tahatsu motor
|06/16/17||Shore activity||stayed on boat, picked up new dinghy in afternoon||Annapois||0|
|06/17/17||Cruising||Annapolis to Baltimore||32||Crescent Marina||short day to Baltimore, toured inner harbour, all redeveloped|
|06/18/17||Shore activity||Baltimore||0||1 hr bike ride to Patterson Park and back to Inner Harbour, took trolley tour of town, impressive redevelopment; then rode Jones Falls trail to Druid Hills Park and back 2 hrs, watched US Open.|
|06/19/17||Cruising||Baltimore to harve de Grace||Baltimore||Harve de Grace||56||Tidewater||windy day, rough for a couple hours|
|06/20/17||Cruising||Havre de Grace to Delaware City||40||Delaware City Marina||easy day out of the Chesapeake|
|06/21/17||Shore activity||Delaware City||0||Dockmaster said Delaware Bay would be rough, so we stayed for the day. Bike ride back up the C&D Canal to Summit North Marina, luch and then return|
|06/22/17||Cruising||Delaware City||Cape May||64||Utsch's||easy day down Delaware Bay, a little choppy last hour or so|
|06/23/17||Shore activity||lay over in Cape May||0||golf at Cape May National|
|06/24/17||Shore activity||weather delay||0||golf at Cape May National|
|06/25/17||Cruising||up the NJ ICW to Atlantic City||Cape May||Atlantic City||56||Kammermans||long
day, lots of fisherman out early on
Sunday then lots of pleasure boaters later, depths generally good a couple of
shallw spots, no problems. Left a couple hours after low tide and got in 1 hr before low tide
Went to the boardwalk, nothing special; dinner at Knife & Fork Restauraunt, good, expensive.
|06/26/17||Cruising||2nd half of NJ ICW||Atlantic City||Manasquan River||64||Clarks Landing||much quieter on Monday, similar depth issues, no problems. Point Pleasant Canal running at full ebb tide, short but nervy ride. Clark's Landing lot of current, high fixed docks.|
|06/27/17||Cruising||30 miles in the North Atlantic, minimal swell, no issues.||Manasquan Inlet||Staten Island||40||Nicholson's Great Kills Park Marina||Out
the inlet on ebb tide, had to wait for the RR bridge, several large bottom
fishing day boats rushing out the inlet. BoatUS was towing a boat out to be
sunk for fish haven.
Took a three hour bike ride in afternoon along South Beach greenway trail, FDR Boardwalk, Fort Wadsworth, under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and then back through Staten Island neighborhoods.
|06/28/17||Shore activity||stayed over to visit Margie and Brendan in Brooklyn||0||Got rental car to drive to Brooklyn, had google maps set for bicycle navigation from bike trip yesterday, took us to Staten Island Ferry, unfortunately its not a car ferry anymore. An hour late getting to "Get up and Ride" for Brooklyn Waterfront tour, but the got us going and we joined the group one hour into tour. Guide James (from Florida, also a musician). Nice 4 hr bike tour of Brooklyn waterfront, Navy Yard (being redeveloped). Then drove over to Margies near Prospect Park. Had take out Italian dinner. They have a 3 year old and a new baby.|
|06/29/17||Cruising||Into the inner harbor||Great Kills Park||Jersey City||24||Liberty Landing||Some wind and chop, lots of tanker barges anchored in inner Bay, but not much movement. Stopped at Statute of Liberty for photo-op, biggest traffic congestion w/ tour and excurion boats, but no issues, then to Liberty Landing, Jersey City across from lower Manhattan. Took a 3 hour bike ride around Staten Island, along south beach, FDR boardwalk, under the Verrazano bridge, then back through neighborhoods.|
|06/30/17||Shore activity||Brooklyn||Liberty Landing||0||Liberty Landing||got
a rental car, tried to drive to
Brooklyn; had google set on bicyle route, took us to Staten Island Ferry,
drove around four times until we figured out it wasn't a car ferry!! Finally made it to Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
for water front bike tour by GetUpandRide.
Well done, tour of the re-developing Navy Yard, south Williamsburg is
a hassidic jewish community, then into Dumbo, the new "it" location
Dinner w/ Margie, Brandon, three year old and infant. Live in third floor walkup unit near Prospect Park.
|07/01/17||Shore activity||Manhattan||NYC||0||Liberty Landing||took the local ferry to Manhattan, 2 hr bike tour of central park, then went to see a musical at Steven Sonheim theater about Carole Kings career. Very prolific songwriter, shorted her later years. Dinner at Karl's Deli in the Village, over priced, mediocre food, meat portions large about the best you could say for it. Sally's pastrami was very good, my brisket was mundane.|
|07/02/17||Cruising||NYC to Croton Point||NYC||Croton-on-Hudson||48||Half Moon Bay||Against
the current most of the way, nice view of NY and Hudson Valley; Half Moon Bay
Marina very nice, dockmaster, Steve so good he was bit of a pest.
Still looking for mechanic for oil change, no luck, one guy said he could do it Wed, Sally didn't want to wait.
|07/03/17||Shore activity||repairs||HMB||HMB||0||Changed oil and filters both engines|
|07/04/17||Cruising||Croton to Kingston||Croton||Kingston||48||Rondout Creek,Kingston||On up the Hudson, caught the tidal current right this time|
|07/05/17||Cruising||on up the Hudson||Kingston||New Baltimore||40||Nichols Shady Harbour|
|07/06/17||Cruising||Up the Hudson||New Baltimore||Waterford, NY||32||Erie Canal welcome center||Dinner are Mc Greiveys w/ Laurie and John, they were on their way south to a family event in Harrisburg.|
|07/07/17||Cruising||Start west on the Erie Canal||Waterford, NY||Schenectady, NY||32||Schenectady Yacht Club, 3 nights||7 locks no problems, stopped short at Schenectady, some locks further west closed due to debris from heavy rains earlier in the week, epected to open Monday.|
|07/08/17||Shore activity||Locks scheduled to open Sunday or Monday||Schenectady||0||Pleayed golf at Mohawk River Golf Course, north of canal east of marina|
|07/09/17||Cruising||westward on Erie Canal||Schenectady||Ft Plain||72||lock wall||Erie Canal not too exciting, most old reust belt towns are not oriented to river/canal and haven't done much to optimize the canal. Newer canal routing using the river, dams and locks goes around the towns that canal originally went through and created back in the 1800's. Little Falls looked interesting, but we were concerned about getting through problem locks so didn't stop. Sally checked out town, ended up at park church service, later Dave, came down to canal to talk to us. Said he had a boat for awhile, though about loop, but wife not interested. Worked for manufacturer then state, not much going on in town now.|
|07/10/17||Cruising||west on canal to Rome||Ft Plain||Rome||72||Rome City docks||got
through problem lots, lots of debris; talked to some locals at Rome docks, docktails
w/ Bob (Dreamboat Annie) and Susan (SusyQ, boat crushed at Atlantic
Yach basin by barge). She joined
recently to help crew through T-S.
Also Courageos (Coeymans Landing) just staring loop. Also an all electric solar powered boat at dock, didn't get to talk to them.
|07/11/17||Cruising||Westward on the Erie Canal||Rome, NY||Brewerton, NY||40||Ess-Kay Marina and Boatyard||through the rest of locks, across Lake Oneida, very pretty lake.|
|07/12/17||Cruising||out the Erie canal to Lake Ontario||Brewerton||Oswego||56||Oswego Marina||Through the last of Erie Canal locks then north through the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario. Followed Finesterre, a 43' Nordhaven headed to Lake Superior. Nice easy day, just barely made thelast lock in time.|
|07/13/17||Shore activity||Wind and rain predicted for Lake, stayed overin Oswego for a day||0||Oswego||Sally went downtown, jws computer work, then took bike to bike shop for repairs, opted out of golf due to weather.|
|07/14/17||Cruising||Crossing Lake Ontario to Canada||Oswego||Kingston, Ont||56||Florad McDonald Confederation Marrina, city owned.||Left
Oswego early, Lake Ontario <1 ft, pickd
up a slight easterly swell around noon; overcast gloomy day but no rain. Late lunch in Kingston, neat town, w/ some
old world European charm, vibrant downtown retail.
Cleared Canadian customs w/ a cell phone call at Kingston customs no.: 2017-19950180, no inspection.
|07/15/17||Cruising||Headed towards Trenton via North Channel, Adolpous Reach and Bay of Quinte||Kingston||Bellville||56||Crates Marina||long easy day, route lightly populated, several big power plants and cement plants, not much traffic on the water|
|07/16/17||Cruising||short day to Trenton||Bellville||Trenton||16||short day, better weahter, some rain in afternoon, met several loopers at marina, docktails w/|
|07/17/17||Cruising||Day 1 on the Trent-Severn Waterway||Trenton||Lock 8 Percy Reach||48||T-S waterway lock 8||Long slow day through the locks, nice area, lock keepers exceptional|
|07/18/17||Cruising||Day 2 on the T-S||Lock 8||Hastings||40||Municipal/lock wall Hastings||More locks and scenery, going up the Trent River, lots of current entering the locks, close to whitewater in spots.|
|07/19/17||Cruising||Day 3 on the T-S||Hastings||Peterborough||48||Peterborough municipal||bike
ride north along the river and back
through town, big concert at park next to marina, but shut down at 10 so
noise not too bad. Dinner at St Veronus Cafe and Tap Room at Waters and Hunter Streets. Recommended by one
of the lockmasters, excellengt Belgium restaurant, great european
beers and mussels.
Bowthruster quit working.
|07/20/17||Cruising||Day 4 on the T-S||Peterborough||Youngs Point||32||Island View?||long slow day through the Peterborough lift lock and then a chain of closely spaced locks, end up at start of Kawatha Lakes|
|07/21/17||Cruising||Day 5 on the T-S||Youngs Point||Bobcaygen||48||Gordons||In
the Kawatha Lakes area, beautiful and
interesting, Stony Lake a challenge, lots of
rocks to watch out for, more boaters and traffic too
2 hr bike ride north on Hwy 24, back on Hwy 36.
|07/22/17||Cruising||Day 6 on the T-S||Bobcaygen||Kirkfield lift locck||40||high side Kirkfield Lock||out of the lakes and into the Trent Canal and a series of shallow lakes, spent night at Kirkfield lock|
|07/23/17||Cruising||Day 6 on the T-S||Kirkfield||Orillia||40||Starport-Orillia||Starting down toward Georgian Bay, more narrow Trent Canal. At Starport for repairs to bowthruster|
|07/24/17||Shore activity||holding at Orillia for repairs||Orillia, ONT||0||Starport Marina, Orillia||Met w/ boat techs on board, accepted estimate for bow thruster and rubrail re-seal; golf in afternoon at Hawks Ridge Meadows course, nice, light rain|
|07/25/17||Shore activity||got boat ready for repair work and cleaning, drive to Niagara Falls||Orillia||Niagara||0||starport marina|
|07/26/17||Shore activity||Niagara Falls-Toronto||0||Spent night at Niagara Falls, took boat ride to the falls (Maid of the Mist on US side, don't remember name of boat on Canadian side) then drove around to see the sites. Went out to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sally did a couple of wine tastings then we had lunch at a winery. Then drove to Welland Canal, saw a large bulk carrier transit lock 3. Toured St Catherin's Museum which included local stuff, canal exhibits and the LaCross hall of Fame. Drove back to Toronto, stayed at an airport hotel. Toronto traffic pretty bad.|
|07/27/17||Shore activity||Toronto touring||0||Drove into Toronto for a bicycle tour of downtown. Went through Chinatown, other ethnic neighborhoods, financial district, shoppingg areas and part of redeveloped lake shore. Lunch at Whiskey Distillery district.|
|07/28/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Sally flew to Portland for 50yr reunion of her novitiate group. I played golf at Royal Woodbine GC w/ three Sri Lankan IT guys, then drove back to boat at Orillia.|
|07/29/17||Shore activity||repairs||0||Boat repairs done, but Sally not back until Monday. Drove an hour north to Muskoka Lakes area and played Muskoka Bay GC. Very high end, hard golf course, huge very fast greens.|
|07/30/17||Shore activity||Lake Simcoe||0||Played golf at Heritage Hills near Barrie. Played w/ Jarrod, a cook in Barrie and George and ? father son duo. George 77 , engineer works on hwy projects.|
|07/31/17||Shore activity||Lake Simcoe||0||Drove to Toronto airport at 5am to pick up Sally, took 2.5 hrs due to Monday morning traffic and construction delays. then back to boat for grocery shopping, left around noon.|
|07/31/17||Cruising||More Trent-Severn Waterway||Lake Simcoe||Swift Rapids lock||40||Swift Rapids lock||left Lake Simcoe at noon after picking up Sally and prep.|
|08/01/17||Cruising||Last day on the Trent-Severn||Swift Rapids lock||Midland, Ont||40||Bay Port||last three locks on the T-S, including the Big Chute where they put boat in sling on a railcar to transit elevation change. Two hour delay while they did some repairs then worked off the backlog. Glad to see the last of locks for awhile. Stayed at Bay Port Marina, Midland. Dinner at Boatyard Grill, solid, not exceptional. Filled up w/ diesel, did a pump out and filled water in preparation for the "wilderness" of Georgian Bay and North Channel.|
|08/02/17||Cruising||Day one Georgian Bay||Midland||Sans Souci||40||Henry's Restaurant and Marina||Easy
day across GB to the small craft channel then winding way around the
rocks. Area on east side of Beausoleil
Island heavily developed and lots of boat traffic, thinned out after
Henry's Restaurant, famed for fried walleye (pickeral) dinners, closed, rumor is that they couldn't get enough help, pretty remote location.
|08/03/17||Cruising||Day 2 Georgian Bay to Snug Harbour||Sans Souci||Snug Harbour||40||Snug Harbour||Stopped early at Snug Harbour. Tried to enter marina, but for small boats only, anchored and dinghied into Gillys for late lunch.|
|08/04/17||Cruising||Day 3 Georgian Bay; Snug harbour to Bayfield Inlet||Snug Harbour||Bayfield Inlet||24||Thompson Marine||Short day, increasing winds, difficult navigation Hangdog Reef, stopped at Thompson Marine in Bayfield Inlet. small marina supplying local cottagers, room for a couple of trawerls only, onl 110v power, no water, trash, bathrooms or shower|
|08/05/17||Shore activity||spent another day due to winds||0||Thompson Marine||caught a cold, bad weather day, rain and wind, spen the day watching golf tournaments|
|08/06/17||Cruising||Day 4 Georgian Bay to Killarney||Bayfield Inlet||Killarney||80||Sportsmans Inn||Wind laid down, across Georgian Bay direct to Killarney, little rough to start, then smoothed out, pretty day|
|08/07/17||Shore activity||Stayed in Killarne||0||Caught a head cold, stayed in marina for the day|
|08/08/17||Cruising||Into the North Channel||Killarney||Little Current||24||Little Current town docks||short day cruising to Little Current|
|08/09/17||Cruising||NC 2 to Gore Bay||Little Current||Gore Bay||32||Gore Bay Marina||short day west into North Channel|
|08/10/17||Cruising||NC3 Gore Bay to Blind River||Gore Bay||Blind River||32||BLIND RIVER||easy
day NW across North Channel to Blind
River, a former lumber town
got Blind River motors to help change oil
|08/11/17||Cruising||Last day on North Channel||Blind River||De Tour Village||48||De Tour Village||Due
to winds predicted for Saturday,
decided to make straight run for Drummond Island. Raining
and stiff wind at 8am, sea rough for first hour or so, smoothed out later per forecast and change of travel
Cleared US Customs at Drummond Island yacht Haven; clearance no.: S5 (SS or 55?)MO811 2017 1347; didn't have records of SRVS float plan; took ID and boat info, asked about weapons only, no inspection.
|08/12/17||Shore activity||layover day||De Tour VIllage||0||De Tour Village||Stayed at De Tour, raining in am, biked around town, watched PGA Championship on TV|
|08/13/17||Shore activity||Short boat hop and golf||De Tour Village||Drummond Island||0||Drummond Island Yacht Haven||Cruised back to Drummond Island Yacht Haven, then played golf at Drummond Island Resort "The Rock" very nice golf course in the woods; lunch at Northwoods Bar & Grill|
|08/14/17||Cruising||Into Lake Huron to Mackinaw||Drummond Island||Mackinaw City||64||Machinaw City Marina||Ran outside in Lake Huron, smooth|
|08/15/17||Shore activity||Mackinac Island||0||Mackinaw City Marina||Ferry
to Mackinac Island w/ bikes; did 8
mile shore loop; jws Playyed golf at
The Jewel (Grand Hotel) golf course, Sally did fort and other scenic spots, dinner at Iroquois Hotel on the water front.
Played golf w/ Blake and Lindsay from Milwaukee
|08/16/17||Cruising||Into Lake Michigan||Mackinaw City||St James Harbour, Beaver island||40||Beaver Island City Marina||light chopm wind picked up as we got into Beaver Island; forecast bad for Th and Friday, seas to 8-9 ft, calm Saturday|
|08/17/17||Shore activity||weather hold||Beaver Island||0||E
to SE wind to 30kts, waives to 8+ feet
forecast, actual: same w/ on and off rain, not a pretty day;
Breakfast on shore
|08/19/17||Shore activity||Across Lake Michigan||Beaver Island||Washington Island||0||Kap's Marina Washington Island||Long trip across Lake Michigan, decent weather 1-2 ft waves,mostly on the bow|
|08/20/17||Shore activity||layover at Washington Island||Washington Island Detroit Harbour||0||Kap's Marina Detroit Harbour, Washington Island||Breakfast at Red Barn Cafe, by bicycle, then took abrief roundabout ride back to ferry dock for Cherry Train tour. Back to boat and watched 3rd day of Solheim Cup and Wyndham PGA; dinner at White House hotel, good, not too expensive,cab w/ Leo|
|08/21/17||Cruising||Into Green Bay||Wiashington Island||Fish Creek||24||Alibi Marina||Cross
the Porte Des Mortes to Door
Dinner at pizza joint at entry to regional park, saw "Oklahoma in Wisconsin" a local repertory performance at unique outdoor theater in state park.
|08/22/17||Cruising||South along Door Peninsula||Fish Creek||Sturgeon Bay||24||440 Hudson privat dock||Heavy
wind in early morning, eased slightly,
got a pump out at town dock, then out into Green Bay; 15-20 out of the west
tonorth west; rough ride 2-4 ft seas
Arrived Sturgeon Bay w/ minimal damage; met by Jim Schaus, Donnie and Delores, and Terry and Karen. Put boat in dock at Jim's cottage. SPent afternoon w/ beer, Jack Daniels "Honey" and dinner out, got fairly blasted, but recovered, hangover minimal.
|08/23/17||Shore activity||At Jim's cottage||Sturgeon Bay||0||Jim's||Went to late breakfast, Alan and friend (JoAnn Savage) came by.|
|08/24/17||Shore activity||Flew back to Colorado for a break||Stugeon Bay||Rifle||0||10 days in CO for archery season w/ Terry, Labor Day at RCGC w/ earl and Stan, returned to Sturgeon Bay 9/5|
|09/06/17||Shore activity||At Sturgeon Bay for treated water pump replacement||Sturgeon Bay||0||Jim's dock|
|09/07/17||Cruising||South on Lake Michigan||Sturgeon Bay||Kewaunee||40||Salmon Harbor||easy day, smooth lake to Keewaunee|
|09/08/17||Cruising||South on Lake Michigan||Keewaunee||Sheboygan||48||Harbour Centre Marina||Another easy day o the lake|
|09/09/17||Shore activity||ashore at Sheboygan||Sheboygan||Sheboygan||0||Harbor Centre||office work, haircut, dinner at English Pub at harbor, very good|
|09/10/17||Shore activity||Golf at Kohler||0||Golf at The Irish Course at Whistling Straights, hole in one on #13, forecaddie: Jordan Lowery; works at Troon North in Scottsdale in winter, wife's family from Craig comes through Rifle sometimes.|
|09/11/17||Shore activity||golf at Kohler||0||Stayed over for another day of golf; played The Rivers Course at Blackwolf Run w/ Sally then I played Valley Meadows course in afternoon.|
|09/12/17||Cruising||south on Lake Michigan||Sheboygan||Milwaukee||48||McKinley municipal||smooth day on Lake|
|09/13/17||Shore activity||Milwaukee||0||Sally sightseeing; John work in morning, 3+ hr bike ride in afternoon; east through town, then out the Red Oak Leaf Trail, back on Hwy 100 to Lakeshore Drive, south through Fox Point, Whitefish Bay and Shorewood to marina; Sally went to a play|
|09/14/17||Shore activity||Milwaukee||0||Golf at Errin Hills today|
|09/15/17||Cruising||south on Lake Michigan||Milwaukee||Racine||40||ReefPoint||moderate chop SE 10-15mph|
|09/16/17||Shore activity||Racine||Racine||Racine||0||ReefPoint||held over in Racine due to winds|
|09/17/17||Cruising||south on Lake Michigan||Racine||Chicago||64||Burnham Harbour||started choppy but smoothed out later. long but easy day|
Bobby's Bike Tour, north from Navy Pier area
luunch at the Purple Pig on Michigan Ave, vey interesting restaurant.
|09/19/17||Shore activity||Chicgo||0||River Architectural tour, lunch at Banderas on Michigan Ave|
|09/20/17||Shore activity||Chicago||0||office work, swabbed the decks, read; Sally went to Filed Museum, dinner, show and drink at John Hancock tower|
|09/21/17||Cruising||Chicago to Joliet||Chicago||Joliet||56||Joliet Wall||Chicago River through downtown, impressive, othersie an industrial ditch, couple of big COE locks, lots of tugs and barges; Joliet Wall, decent stop, wall and electric poor shape, lots of weeds in the river.|
|09/22/17||Cruising||DesPlains river to Senneca||Joliet||Senneca||56||Spring Brook||a little less industrial, 2 hour wait at Joliet (Brandon road) lock for maintenance on the lock, lower river nicer than first day, few more recrational boaters, small marinas and campgrounds. Another long wait at next lock waiting for tug boat (no barges) to catchup.|
|09/23/17||Cruising||south on Illinois waterway||Senneca||Ottowa||8||Heritage Harbour||short day, got a quick lock thru at Mareselles lock w/ Insandity, a GH N37 on thier second loop; boats traveling with us previous day took 4+ hours getting through the lock, we stopped short|
|09/24/17||Shore activity||Ottowa, IL||Ottowa||0||Heritage Harbour||Sally went to Octobervest Polka mass, JWS rode bicycle 5 miles to Dayton Ridge GC played 18 holes, modest course, but ok. Continued hot, 90+ since the first day in Chicago|
|09/25/17||Cruising||Illinois Waterway||Ottowa||Henry||64||Henry's||Used courtesy car to take docs to UPS to send to Alpine Bank, ok day on the river, a couple of big barges, mostly tree lined, couldn;t see much. Stopped at Henry's courtesty dock, an old abandoned lock wall, just behind Binary; Salty Dog, a pilgrim on wall, helped us dock. Beers at the bar w/ Binary, nice canadians w/ 2 teenage sons just starting loop|
|09/26/17||Cruising||Illionois Waterway||Henry||Peoria||24||Illinois Valley Yacht Club (IVY)||Got through Marselles lock with minimum delay; Uber to downtown, went through the Caterpillar Center; dinner t Thyme and Me? Manager recommended golf at Weaver Ridge and Lick Creek|
|09/27/17||Shore activity||Peoria golf||Peoria||0||IVY||Golf at Weaver Ridge, very good course|
|09/28/17||Shore activity||Peoria||0||IVY||spent morning cleaning up boat from spiders and other bugs; President's Club in afternoon|
|09/29/17||Shore activity||golf||Peoria||0||IVY||golf at Lick Creek, Presidents Cup in pm|
|09/30/17||Cruising||Illinois Waterway||Peoria||Beardstown||88||Logdson Tug Services||long day on river, mostly tree lined, less industrial|
|10/01/17||Shore activity||layover day||Beardstown||0||Logsdon Tow||easy Sunday, Presidents Cup in afternoon|
|10/02/17||Cruising||Illinois Waterway||Beaardstown||Harden||72||Mels Riverside||another longish day on the waterway, got through LaGrange lock quickly; docked at Harden, dinner at Mels Riverside Rest. pretty good food and pie|
|10/03/17||Cruising||Last day on the Illinois||Harden||St Charles, MO||24||Port Charles||big rock bluffs along Illinois river unexpected, Mississippi not as big as expected.|
|10/04/17||Cruising||first day onthe Mississippi||St Charles||Alton||24||Alton Marina||short east day down the Mississippi; dinner at Fast Eddies, interesting to see, but not really worth going to unless with a crowd that wnts to party, food delivery pretty slow, minimal menu, no vegies|
|10/05/17||Shore activity||St Louis||Alton||0||Alton Marina||Got an Enterprise rental car, drove into St Louis; Sally went to mass at the Basilica and a tour of the mosaics, met back at Lumiere Casino for trolley tour, then went to Gateway Arch, trip up claustrophobic andnot that great a view; dinner at Broadway Oyster Bar, excellent.|
|10/06/17||Shore activity||Alton IL||Alton IL||0||Alton||JWS: golf at Spencer T. Olin GC, good; Sally went back into St Louis for a food tour; jws: lunch at Bakery Brew Pub walkway over freeway to downtown, excellent food and service.|
|10/07/17||Shore activity||layover day in Alton||Alton||0||Alton||Alex
Harrison and son Arlo came to boat, spent several hours, wife working so we didn't see her; jws: late afternoon bike ride on bike path to north; bike path
poorly maintained, rough, hadn't been swept in years.
|10/08/17||Cruising||Down the Mississippi||Alton||Kimmswick||40||Through
St Louis harbor, not much activity on
Sunday; got through Mel Price and Chaine of
Rocks locks quickly; Sally said
she read that 1/3rd of the grain
transported inthe world goes through the Mel
Hoppies: as advertised, Kimmswick/Imperial: suburb of St Louis, lots of good restaurants and shops. JWS: bicycled couple of miles to Mastadon State Park, first place Clovis points found in close proximity to mastadon bones.
Dinner at Delta Queen: good.
|10/09/17||Cruising||day 2 on the Mississippi||Kimmswick||Kaskaskia River||32||Kaskaskia River lock wall||Left Hoppies w/ 3 other boats: Miss Lilly, Cha Cha, and State of Bliss, stayed together to Kaskaskia River lock, tied to lock wall for night, dinner on Miss Lilly|
|10/10/17||Cruising||Day 3 on the Mississippi||Kaskaskia River lock||Little Diversion at Cape Girardeau||64||Little Diversion anchorage||Continued as a group w/ Miss Lilly, Cha Cha and ?Bliss. Very few tows today, lots yesterday. Little Diversion good anchorage, Tag Team, Orion and Double J already there|
|10/11/17||Cruising||Day 4 on the Mississippi||Cape Girardeau||Joppa, IL Mile 954.5 Ohio River Bean Branch Creek||88||Bean Branch Creek anchorage mm 954.5 on the Ohio||Left
before others, caught by Double J and Orion, Tag Team left before we did.
Lots of tows on Mississippi today, turned corner to Ohio at Cairo,
to total zoo. Lock 52 on
Ohio has been closed due to high water
so Ohio around Cairo tows stacked up like cordwood. 1.5+ delay at Olmstead Lock (under
construction, will replace Lock 53 and
52. Lock chambers done, working on
dam). Got to Bean Branch Creek anchorage, just at dusk, easy
Lock 52 closed due to high water, may open Th or Friday, lots of tows backed up, but we are above most of them.
|10/12/17||Cruising||Day 2 on the Ohio||Joppa, IL||Metropolis, IL||16||anchored, Metropolis IL||Short day to move up the river, Lock 53 still may not open until 10/16 Monday!; Anchored hear Harrahs Casion Boat at Metropolis (home of Superman), went into town to gets some docs notarized and sent off. Gen-Set not working.|
|10/13/17||Shore activity||holding at Metropolis for Lock 52||Metropolis||0||Ohio River Lock 52||anchored, had to stay with boat to run main engines and charge batteries. Lock may open tomorrow, so moved up to Lock 52 and anchored on KY side of river, 13 boats waiting.|
|10/14/17||Cruising||Last day on the Ohio on to Tennessee River||Paducah, KY||Grand Rivers KY||56||Green Turtle Bay Resort||Got through Lock 52 about 10:30, called Kentucky Lake Lock on Tennessee, said no traffic so we took the shorter route to Kentucky Lake. Tennessee River much nicer than Ohio, still lot of commercial, but more recreational traffic also. Kentucky Lake Lock, first TVA lock, 57' rise, verhy large facility. Then around the corner to Green Turtle Bay. Walked over to Green Turtle Tavern for late lunch.|
|10/15/17||Shore activity||at Marina;||Grand Rivers KY||0||Green Turtle Bay Resourt||storm predicted, changed oil and worked on Gen-set
Dinner at Pattis in Grand Rivers
|10/16/17||Shore activity||Holding in marina||Grand Rivers, KY||0||Green Turtle Bay||Waiting for mechanic to look at generator, finally showed up in pm. Sally went to Paducah to get rental car|
|10/17/17||Shore activity||Tenn--KY road trip||Grand Rivers||Nashville||0||GTB||south through Hopkinsville to Nashville, dinner at Money's in German Town, true family style dinning, fixed menu, all customers share tables. Went to Grand Ole Opry in evening.|
|10/18/17||Shore activity||Day 2 road trip||Nashville||Knoxville||0||GTB||Scenic route over Cumberland Plateau; took a "DUCK" (army 2-1/2 ton truck w/ hull) tour of Cumberland River, then drove on up to Knoxville area. Dinner in gentrifying Old Town, it has some ways to go yet.|
|10/19/17||Shore activity||Day 3 road trip||Knoxville||Lexington||0||GTB||Toured Oak Ridge in am, then on up to Lexington. Dinner at Jane Barley Corns in Danville.|
|10/20/17||Shore activity||Day 4 road trip||Lexington||Centerville OH||0||GTB||Golf
at Univ of KY Big Blue course west of Lexington. Nice course, but ended up behind a large
group of engineers playing a scramble, very slow, wuit after 14 holes.
Drove on north through Cincinnati to Centerville. Met Carol Lee and Bill at house and they took us to Amber Rose, a Lithuanian influenced German restaurant in Dayton. Good, but I had Sauerbraten and it was like a flank steak, some odd tasting marinade/sauce and very tough. Stayed in hotel in Centerville
|10/21/17||Shore activity||Day 5 road trip||Centerville||Louisville||0||GTB||Met
up w/ Ben Gagne and 2 year old son Lucas at Findlay Market, bought lunch and
took tram up to nearby park.
Drove to Louisville, stayed in Hilton Garden Inn htel downtown.
Dinner w/ Pete and Delores at Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse off of Shelbyville Road, east side of Louisville.
|10/22/17||Shore activity||Day 6 road trip||Louisville||Franklin, KY||0||GTB||Played
golf at Fuzzy Zoellers Covered Bridge golf course in Indiana (10 miles north
of river) w/ Mark Leonhardt and his
friend Dave Yannish.
Lat lunch at the golf course, then drove south to Franklin, KY
|10/23/17||Shore activity||Day 6 road trip||Franklin, KY||Grand Rivers, KY||0||GTB||Rained
all night, went to Kenny Perry's Country Creek golf course. Tried to play,
very wet and still rainning off and on, got in 9 holes then headed back to
Met w/ Gary at Boat Works, gen-set and blacwater piping all repaired. Charged double shop rate ($90/180/hr) forr tight spaces and toilet work.
|10/24/17||Cruising||Day 1 Tennessee River||Grand Rivers, KY||Oak Hill, TN||56||Paris Landing State Park Marina||Windy, but otherwise easy day|
|10/25/17||Cruising||Day 2 on the Tennessee||Paris Landing||Cuba Landing||56||Cuba Landing||easy day on the river, not much commercial traffic; got to end of lake, back in river|
|10/26/17||Cruising||Day 3 on Tennessee||Cuba Landing||Clifton||48||Clifton||easy day on the river, docked at Clifton Marina with a number or other boats, including Sea Dog (Hoskins) dinner at marina office, hamburgers, not much to town.|
|10/27/17||Cruising||Day 4 on the Tennessee||Clifton||Iuka, MS Aqua Marina||80||Aqua Yacht Marina||1.5 hr delay at Pickwick Lock, weather getting cold and wet, got into Aqua Marina in fading light|
|10/28/17||Shore activity||Pickwick Lake||Aqua Yacht Marina||0||Aqua||Wayne
Perkins drove up from Aberdeen, took us on car tour of Shiloh Battlefield and
Indan Mound monument. Wayne said he
was at Shiloh as a Boy Scout in late 60's.
Dinner at Jerry T's better than reviews indicated.
|10/29/17||Cruising||Short day cruise w/ Wayne||Aqua Marina||Aqua marina||24||Aqua Yacht Marina||Cruise w Wyane, Yellow Creek -Pickwick Lake-Aqua Marina|
|10/30/17||Shore activity||Engine work at Aqua||Aqua||Aqua||0||Aqua Yacht Marina||Aqua Yach mechanic worked on chaft alignment|
|10/31/17||Cruising||Day 1 on the Tenn-Tom||Aqua Yacht Marina||Fulton, MS||64||Midway Marina||Down the Tenn-Tom through three locks to Midway Marina, pretty day, getting a little warmer|
|11/01/17||Cruising||Day 2 on the Tenn-Tom||Fulton||Columbus||80||Columbus||long day locks ok; lots of Loopers at Columbus Marina; dinner w/ Wayne at Harveys, just ok|
|11/02/17||Cruising||Day 3 on the Tenn-Tom||Columbus||Warsaw Cutoff||72||Warsaw Cutoff||big group went through Columbus Lock in am, nice scenery, but not much on the river; anchored in Warsaw Cutoff, large anchorage, deep|
|11/03/17||Cruising||Day 4 on the Tenn Tom||Warsaw Cutoff||Demopolis||56||Demopolis Yacht Basin/Firebird||One lock, not much on the river; large marina, shuttle van to town, Dinner at SVH Bistro, good beer and wine shop, food ordinary|
|11/04/17||Cruising||Day 5 on the Tenn-Tom||Demopolis||Bashi Basin||72||MM 145||10 boats through Demopolis Lock in the fog, a bit dicey but ok w/ electronic charts, radar and AIS|
|11/05/17||Cruising||Day 6 on the Tenn-Tom||Bashi||Bobby's-Coffeeville||32||Bobbys Fish Camp||short day, 12-13 boats ended up at Bobby's Fish Camp, rafted 4 deep. Had the fabled cat fish dinner; marginal at best, nice people, but can't cook.|
|11/06/17||Cruising||day 7 on the Tenn-Tom||Coffeeville||Tensas river||80||Tensaw River MM 39||13 boats in the Coffeeville Lock at 0630, well organized no problems; long day on the river, saw a large alligator yesterday, no other animals, but lots of birds, Great Blue Herons, White Herons (egrets?) a few bald eagles, some ducks I couldn't identify, maybe Scaups or Ruddy Ducks. Anchored on Tensaw River MM 39|
|11/07/17||Cruising||Day 1 west towards new Orleans||Dog River||Biloxi||64||Biloxi Small Craft||long
easy day, no wind or waves but grey and overcast, lots of dolphins
Dinner at Half Shell, local chain,very good, excellent service
|11/07/17||Cruising||Day 8 on the Tenn-Tom||Tensas River||Dog River||48||Dog river|
|11/09/17||Shore activity||Held over in Biloxi due to winds||Biloxi||Biloxi||0||Biloxi small craft||had to move slips, several times to get to a power pedestal that would work|
|11/10/17||Shore activity||To new Orleans by car||Biloxi||New Orleans||0||Biloxi Small Craft||Drove
US 90 into New Orleans; saw lots of
empty lots along the beach and new
construction. Katrina did its worst
storm damage Biloxi-GulfPort; New Orelans was flooding due to overtopping
and breach of levees.
Lunch at Le Cochon, spectacullar, better than the Purple Pig in Chicago. Hotel: Plaza Suites at Causeway and I-10.
|11/11/17||Shore activity||New Orleans||New Orleans||New Orleans||0||Biloxi Small Craft||golf in morning at TPC Louisiana, dinner w/ Chris, Phyllis (didnt make it due to illness), Dan and Suzanne; Phillip (Suzannes nephew) and Barbara (Suzanne's mother). Dinner at Ralphs at the Park, nice but not exceptional.|
|11/12/17||Shore activity||New Orleans||New Orleans||Biloxi||0||Biloxi||Spent morning in French Quarter, pretty active for Sunday morning. Sally went to church, brunh at Court of the Two Sisters, a daily buffet. Food not exceptional, nice place w/ jazz quartet and excellent service. Then headed back to Biloxi via the Causseway across Lake Ponchetrain.|
|11/13/17||Shore activity||Biloxi golf||Biloxi||0||Biloxi||Weather
warming up a bit. Played golf at Great
Southern Golf Club, on the beach west of Gulfport. 1908 Donal ross design. Not very good condition, but a fun round on
an old classic course.
Dan came by boat in afternoon, decided to go to Fort Massachusettes tomorrow.
|11/14/17||Cruising||Day cruise||Biloxi||104||Biloxi||Met Dan, Suzanne, and Chris Holt at boat in Biloxi, took cruise out to Fort Massachussetes, had lunch tied up to pier (in process of being repaired) and returned, Nice quiet day, ll enjoyed the trip|
|11/15/17||Cruising||Day 1 Gulf Coast||Biloxi||Gulf Shores||80||Homeport||Left Biloxi in an easterly breeze, seas got a little rough for a couple of hours (2-3 ft on the bow) then settled down, easy crossing of Mobile Bay, then beautiful afternoon to Gulf Shores. Dinner at LuLus (Jimmy Buffets sister)|
|11/16/17||Cruising||Day 2 Gulf Coast||Gulf Shores||Pensacola||40||Palafox Marina||Beautiful day, sunshine, but a bit cool, no wind, lots of birds and dolphins. Dinner in Pensacola at Global Grill, eclectic Tapas.|
|11/17/17||Cruising||Day 3 Gulf Coast||Pensacola||Sandestin||56||Sandestin||Another pretty day on the Gulf Coast; dinner on boat; Sandestin Marina, high end resort, lots of stuff on shore, but we didn't use, small craft advisory coming for Sunday so had to make it to Panama City before it hit.|
|11/18/17||Cruising||Day 4 on the Gulf Coast||Sandestin||Panama City||56||Panama City||some wind out of the south, some of the bays light chop|
|11/19/17||Cruising||Gulf crossing||Apalachicola||Tarpon Springs||192||Tarpon Springs Municipal/Gianis||Left Apalachicola at 10am with a good weather forecast and two other boats. AGAPE w/ Harry and Nancy Burk (Tenn MD) he had hired a captain because he had to get back to work; and Pharm Life (never met them). Light chop until dark, then sea got very smooth for all night, light chop in am, arrived Tarpon Springs 0930 no problems. Triedto dock at Tarpon Springs City Marina, but their slip pilings were too tight for us, they got us a tie up on face dock at adjacent business.|
|11/19/17||Shore activity||Layover in Panama City||Panama City||0||Panama City||JWS
golf at Holiday golf Club with a group of retired military guys, Nice course, good condition, a little
cold and windy. Sally went to church.
Teri and Tom Floore came down to marina to see boat, then we went to their house, then out to dinner at Uncle Ernies near St Andrews marina. Nice place, good service, but marginal food and grossly over priced. Tom paid for dinner.
Tom stopped at West Marine to pick up oil for oil change tomorrow.
|11/20/17||Shore activity||lay over in Panama City||Panama City||0||Panama City||changed oil in morning, office work rest of day, Sally laundry and tour on bike|
|11/21/17||Shore activity||Layover in Panama City||Panama City||0||Panama City Municipal||office work in am, golf at Holiday Golf Club, "Dog fight" modified Chicago, skins closest to pin. Played w/ Jack (from West Virgina, coached some colleg golf) and John Clark, retired Coast Guard. Played terribly, probably because stiff from oil change work. Uber driver back was John Clark's son (cook at Navy dive school)|
|11/22/17||Cruising||Day 7 on the Gulf Coast||Panama City||Port St Joseph||48||Port St Joseph||east out of Panama City through East Bay, then into GICWW cut towards Apalachicola. Passed a Fu Wa? trawler, Ocean Star? from Ketchikan, AK, said they came down through the Inside Passage, then trucked the boat to St. Paul. Headed to Apalachicola, but finally decided to take the rim route around the gulf via Steinhatchee on Saturday so stopped short at Port St Joseph. Good marina, nice town. Took a 2 hr bike ride east to end of bay, San Blas Road (25miles). Did pretty well considering haven't been riding much lately.|
|11/23/17||Cruising||Day 8 on the Gulf Coast||Port St Joe||Apalachicola||40||Scipio Creek||Short day, back track on the Gulf Canal, then East on the GICWW to Lake Wimico then down the Apalcahicola River; Sally picked up Thanksgiving Dinner at Port St Joe grocery store, dinner on boat.|
|11/24/17||Shore activity||Lay over in Apalachicola||Apalachicola||0||Scipio Creek||Decided to stay in Apalachicola rather than go on to Carabelle, weather forecast great Sat-Wed, will go straight to Tarpon Springs tomorrow; 50 min bike ride around town; working on boat sale stuff|
|11/25/17||Cruising||Gulf crossing||Apalachicola||Tarpon Springs||192||Tarpon Springs Municipal/Gianis||Left Apalachicola at 10am with a good weather forecast and two other boats. AGAPE w/ Harry and Nancy Burk (Tenn MD) he had hired a captain because he had to get back to work; and Pharm Life (never met them). Light chop until dark, then sea got very smooth for all night, light chop in am, arrived Tarpon Springs 0930 no problems. Triedto dock at Tarpon Springs City Marina, but their slip pilings were too tight for us, they got us a tie up on face dock at adjacent business.|
|11/26/17||Cruising||Gulf crossing-Tarpon Springs||Gulf of Mexico||Tarpon Springs||0||Tarpon Springs Municipal/Gianis||Light chop until dark, then sea got very smooth for all night, light chop in am, arrived Tarpon Springs 0930 no problems. Triedto dock at Tarpon Springs City Marina, but their slip pilings were too tight for us, they got us a tie up on face dock at adjacent business. Late lunch at Mykonos, excellent.|
|11/27/17||Cruising||south||Tarpon Springs||Clearwater||24||Clearwater Municipal|
|11/28/17||Shore activity||Working on gen-set repairs||Clearwater||0||Clearwater Municipal Harbor||Spent morning calling boat yards, got recommendation from Mastry for Dave McFarlane, DEMPSI, called him he came by in afternoon, diagnosed bad oil sensor, will pick up part tomorrow.|
|11/29/17||Shore activity||Working on gen-set repairs||Clearwater||0||Clearwater Municipal Harbor||Dave McFarlane w/ DEMPSI came back, replaced oil sensor, still problems, ordered exhasust elbo temp sensor and exhaust elbow, delivery to sarastoat, jws to install parts from MASE|
|11/30/17||Shore activity||golf||Clearwaternly $29||0||Clearwater Harbo Municipal||golf at Crescent Oaks up towards Tarpon Springs, very nice golf course only $29; dinner at The Living Room in Dunedin|
|12/01/17||Shore activity||St Petersburg Boat Show||Clearwater||0||Clearwater Harbor Municipal||Went to St Pete Boat Show, lots of boats and vendors, saw another GH37 going on themarket for $259, 000; 2002.|
|12/02/17||Shore activity||golf||Clearwater||0||Clearwater||golf at TPC Tampa Bay/Clearwater (way north), exceellent course, very fast greens, slow 5hr round, Dinner at golf course.|
|12/03/17||Shore activity||golf and church||Clearwater||0||Clearwater||Sally
went to church I played golf at Clearwater CC, old parkland course, average condition; played w.
a couple Chris and Anne Marie,
he works with a large Detroit/allison service shop, she has her
own hair salon.
Took the ferry (docked on side of dock across from our slip) over to Clearwater Beach, dinner at the "Original" Frenchy's, mostly a local bar dive, food so-so.
|12/04/17||Cruising||soth from Clearwater||Clearwater||Sarasota||56||Marina Jack's||Failry easy day, lots of go slow areas due to marinas and docked boats, crossed Tampa Bay entrance, calm. Docktails w/ Chucka and Cindy Wilson (Canadians) on Neverland, a Camano-Troll and Michael and Tammi Magee (dsog Akita Kato) on "Trawler Tales o fthe Nep Pepper" also Canadians, he is a golfer; and aonther guy with large boat docked nearby.|
|12/05/17||Shore activity||boat work||Sarasota||0||Marina Jacks||Tried
to put new parts on gen-set, but couldn't get into tight space; called Bay
Front Yacht Works. worked on cleaning
boat up. office work.
Dinner at Owens Fish Camp good.
|12/05/17||Shore activity||Sarasota layover||Sarasota||0||Marina Jacks||Tried
to work on gen-set replaing exhaust elbow and sensor. Decided couldn't get to area to work on it,
called repair shop. Andrew came bay in
afternoon, said would work on it
Dinner at Owens Fish Camp.
|12/06/17||Shore activity||Sarasota layover||Sarasota||0||Marina Jacks||Andrew
installed gen-set exhuast elbow; gen-set ran for an hour +.
We took marina shuttle to Ringling Circus and Art Museum. Miniature circus moost impressive exhibit. Circus museum minimal. Ringling house not toured, spent a little while in art museums. A small fairly random collection of Asian and old masters art.
|12/06/17||Shore activity||Layover at Sarasota||Sarasota||0||Marina Jacks||Andrew from Bayfront Yacht Works came to boat and put in new exhaust elbow and temp sensor on Gen-set, seemed to fix problems. Took Marina shuttle to Ringling Museum. Howard Bros ministure circus most impressive, general circus museum not much. Art museum some old masters and small asian collection. Dinner on boat.|
|12/07/17||Shore activity||Golf||Sarasota||0||Marina Jacks||Played at local muni course Bobby Jones GC, English course. OK, not exceptional. Lunch at Marina Jacks.|
|12/08/17||Cruising||Headed south on the last leg||Sarasota||Venice||18||Fishermans Wharf-Venice||Short day, lots of manatee zones. Dinner at marina restaurant.|
|12/09/17||Shore activity||weather layover||Venice||0||Fishermans Wharf||wind and rain, decided to hold in Venice|
|12/10/17||Cruising||South to Boca Grande||Venice||Boca Grande||29||Boca Grande Marina||Chosee stop so we coulb play Gasparilla Inn GC, had to stay at hotel one night. Checked in, old but very well maintained, dinner at The Pink Elephant.|
|12/11/17||Shore activity||golf at Gasparilla Golf Club||Boca Grande||Boca Grande||0||Boca Grande||nice golf course, exceptional condition.|
|12/12/17||Cruising||LAST DAY OF GREAT LOOP!!||Boca Grande||Ft Myers Beach||39||Salty Sam's||Last day, windy, but Pine Island Sound well protected. Went dow to look at rental house, getting into dock will be dicey. Crossed our wake in front of Olsen Marine at 13:29.|
The adventures of John and Sally on our GH37 circumnavigating the eastern US on the Great Circle Waterway, "The Loop"
Friday, April 27, 2018
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