Month Long Cruise PCB - Key West - 340

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Hampton, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    NJ
    Boatless
    Big ones!
    Congrats John! Very nice trip.

    I enjoyed following along the entire way.

    Doug
     
  2. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Thanks, guys. I'll keep it going until the pics and vids are up to date.

    We finally got gas and got moved to our real slip after 2 hours at the Sea Hag Marina. Shelli and I headed out for a short walk to see a little bit of the town. The way it's laid out, you can see more by boat. There are water-front properties available. I think the place is too small for a phone book - everyone posts their info at the corner of the one intersection in town.

    The Sea Hag has a nice, little bar, but no restaurant. It rained all night long.

    We headed out first thing for our journey across a section of the Gulf to the East end of the ICW inside Dog Island:

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  3. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    The weather was up and down, but the water settled down when we got inside the barrier islands. The work boats began to appear along our route. We got a wave from the lucky pelican as we approached Apalachicola. We got gas and GREAT grub at Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola.

    From there, we wound our way down the ICW to the channel to St Joe Bay and the Marina where we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at their restaurant overlooking the bay.

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  4. barryg

    barryg New Member

    959
    Jun 24, 2007
    Fort Lauderdale
    2005 320 Sundancer, Garmin 5208
    Twin V-Drives 350 Mags
    Thanks John,

    Great photos again.. I see your gauges reading about like mine.. Looks like your starboard gets better gas mileage than your port engine? Is your genny hooked up to your port tank?

    What's the 8.5 reading on your starbaord tach?

    Like the small fan you have, where are you running the cord to?

    Weather has been awful the past few days here on the east coast!! Hope it clears up soon.

    Barry
     
  5. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    My engines actually burn the exact same amount of gas at the same RPMs. After 200 gallons of gas, they require within 1 gallon of each other to re-fill the tanks. Genny gas comes from the stbd side, but we didn't use any on these legs.

    The 8.5 is the depth. I just got two of those small fans at West Marine on this trip - lots of stale air until this last week. They are plugged into the helm under the steering wheel in the cigarette lighter receptacle. Our weather has been very wet and stormy too. Maybe this weekend will be nice.
     
  6. Swimparent

    Swimparent New Member

    65
    Dec 16, 2009
    Lake Guntersville, Alabama
    300 Sundancer; Lowe 220 Sport Deck with Mercury 150 Outboard; Yamaha FX140 WaveRunner
    Twin 5.7L MerCruisers w/ V-drives
    Dockside's at Port St. Joe Marina. One of my favorite places. An odd coincidence...we ran into a couple from Connecticut who are doing the Great Loop (they took a side trip up the Tennessee) & took them out to dinner Tuesday night. While at Goosepond Marina we met Ray & Patsy who used to be the harbor hosts at St. Joe. They moved north & ended up at the local marina here. Small world.

    Looks like you had a great trip and I have enjoyed reading your trip log. If you run into Scott or Connie McLelland (he is a veterinarian in PCB & keeps a boat at Capt. Dave's) tell them Anne & Bill said hello.

    Enjoy your retirement.
     
  7. Big Pete

    Big Pete New Member

    56
    Jun 10, 2010
    Spain
    SeaRay 200 cuddy
    4.3 Mercruiser
    Thanks for sharing the trip , excellent :thumbsup: and like you said one hell of a Boat .. Will defo have that on my list when i upgrade .

    Congratulations to you both by the way , and look forward to the next trip..

    You covered it so well with Pictures Video and write ups it was a great thread ..

    :smt038
     
  8. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Great place, great people. I'll keep Scott and Connie in mind.
     
  9. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Thanks, Big Pete!
     
  10. Kreole Kid

    Kreole Kid Active Member

    May 25, 2009
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    2004 340 Sundancer,
    2008 Yamaha VX1100 Jet Ski
    8.1 Horizons, V-Drives
    John, My Man, I believe someone else already said this but I'll say it again.

    YOU AND THE WIFE ARE THE ENVY OF EVERYBODY ON THIS WEBSITE:smt038:smt038:smt038!!!

    Congratulations on your uneventful journey and welcome back .:thumbsup:
     
  11. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Thanks, Kreole Kid. I don't look at it that way, but I can see what you mean. We've come a long way, and we made this happen together. You don't get chances like this many times in a life, and you have to grab them and run with them, after a good year of preparation.

    It's all very surreal. It's like everything else that has happened to us lately - we'll have to sit back and soak it all in before we really understand what has happened (military retirement, wife done working, Daughter #1 grad from college, Daughter #2 grad from HS, 25th anniv....
     
  12. jeffk

    jeffk New Member

    273
    Apr 28, 2009
    Sarasota, Florida
    2006 300 Sundancer
    5.0L Mercruiser w/Bravo III
    Need I say more.........................GREAT Thread!!
     
  13. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Good morning, and thanks, Jeff!
     
  14. chuck1

    chuck1 Super Moderator TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    North GA Mountains
    Looking For Next One
    Looking For Next One
    John,

    Sounds like a great trip and good times where had by all, thanks for sharing. Can't wait for the book.
     
  15. headexpress

    headexpress New Member

    79
    Mar 20, 2008
    Edgewater Maryland
    88' 390 EC
    Twin 7.4L Mercruisers
    My thoughts exactly. Thanks for letting us come along for the ride!
     
  16. RonF

    RonF New Member

    411
    Oct 4, 2006
    N. Palm Beach, FL
    310 Sundancer 1999
    Mercruiser Mag 350 MPI, V-drives
    John,

    I'll add my congratulations and thanks for having us along for the trip.
     
  17. connie garcy

    connie garcy Member

    517
    May 13, 2008
    Phoenix, NY
    1999 Sundancer 370 DA
    7.4 MPI Horizon
    V Drives
    Great trip, wonderful pictures. Someday maybe we will do a long trip. But it would be really long from Central NY
     
  18. MLauman

    MLauman Member GOLD Sponsor

    729
    Oct 3, 2006
    Madison, MS
    1997 270 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo II
    I once ran from upper Tickfaw River (Hammond, LA) to Destin and back and I thought I had really done something. Your trip and associated documentary is truly an inspiration. And, thanks to BP it appears your timing wasn't too bad either.

    Congrats on a wonderful adventure and thanks for sharing.
     
  19. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Sorry, Barry. Just saw this, I guess.

    The only time we anchored with the dinghy was over at the wreck at Loggerhead Key. We used Nelson's dinghy anchor - seems like it was a big, heavy mushroom anchor. Usually, we either held on to it or tied it to a mooring ball.

    Shelli and I hoist ourselves up from out of the water over the side of the dinghy.

    Shelli always cut up fresh fruit, then we had lox and bagels or bacon and eggs, or waffles, or some combination of the above. We also added breakfast burritos to the list.

    We like to bring:
    Eggs
    Turkey Bacon
    Fruit
    Canned fish products (Oysters, anchovies, tuna, sardines - good, fast protein)
    Bread
    Lunch Meat
    Cheeses
    Sandwich toppings (L, T, O, Pickles...)
    Pancake mix
    Syrup
    Bagels
    Lox (the good stuff)
    Coffee (Starbucks, pre-ground, Breakfast Blend, 1/2 caffeine)
    Wheat thins
    Pre-made Guacamole dip
    Chips
    One or two main dishes - Grouper, Steaks, Chicken...
    Fresh Veggies
    Packaged Rice (I hate that stuff)


    We read that you always bring too much food, so figure out what you'll actually eat, and bring only that. We through away two nights worth of chicken. We ate a lot less while on our trip than we do at home.
     
  20. osd9

    osd9 New Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    MidAtlantic
    2003 410DA
    Caterpillar 3126-TA w/ ZF 80-IV
    Great Trip.....Congrats to you and Shelli........

    I plan to re-read this thread during the first snow storm next winter....brrrrrrr.
     

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