New Year in Key West

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Alex F, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    I agree with Steve. If you're going to Faro, then you can do the trip all inside, for maximizing the comfort. I go outside via Channel 5 only b/c our first stop is usually Hawks Cay Resort. Otherwise, I would have continue on the inside. There's enough water for our our boats.

    Lobster pots are like a mine field. But, they appear in sections. There are a lot more of them on the bay side, but Hawks Channel has tons of them as well. I usually have my Autopilot going 95% of the time. I had to steer myself for the most part in the HK Channel.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2015
  2. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Wouldn't you know it....some of us are cold and covered in snow and you're in FL with a broken camera.:grin:
  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We came down this morning, went outside at angelfish. Ride was not bad in Hawks channel. 2-3 quarter beem from the stern. Hit some larger 3-5 in the gap between the reefs, but all stern quarter, not head on.

    Crab pots were not as bad as last winter.

    Alex, I think they pull them in April. It is easy cruising Hawks channel after March. Today was almost as good as a April trip.
  4. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    No update since 12/30?

    You guys are leaving us all hanging!
  5. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    I usually don’t post much during the trips, but I’m doing my write now, it’s just take a while, including sorting the pics to be posted. I think I should be done in couple days.

  6. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    Awesome, can't wait!
  7. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    Here is the thread on our trip sorry we couldnt make it all the way down......time was just too tight for us - we ran inside until angelfish and had no problems (and very few pots) in Hawks Channel comming or Going - we contemplated the largo sound route on the way back (we can fit under the bridge at the exit) but Hawks chanel was fine for the 25 or so miles to angelfish.....we went back outside at stiltsville, and then back in at Government Cut....
  8. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Happy New Year to all!!!

    We’re back to “reality” to freezing Northeast, but brought back some awesome memories of our trip. Having previous experience, it was much easier to plan our itinerary.

    Even though the weather was really nice, the winds were a different story. It’s been blowing ESE 20MPH for over a week and the time of our trip was no exception. For several days I was observing small craft advisory. Good thing I’m not a “small craft”, but 4-5’ers don’t excite my crew either. The beauty of the KW as a destination and if you have to, you can have a good plan B (inside route, it’s a bit longer and has few shallow spots, but it’s there and very much navigable). However, my plan A called for being 50/50 (inside/outside). Already then, let’s button up and go for a ride.

    Leg 1: FTL to Key Biscayne (No Name Harbor).
    We can never get tired of scenic ICW from FTL to Miami. It’s a pretty easy ride. However, boating traffic, strong current and 20+MPH winds will keep you on your toes, especially while waiting for the bridges (it helps a lot to time your arrival properly). All in all it’s “business as usual” and not much to be excited about until you get to Broad Causeway Bridge. The bridge was damaged couple of months ago and had only single span operating. Oh well, needless to say it’s a small bridge to begin with, but only one span being open and remains of another span staring at you and ready to demolish your boat, if you blink for a second, make it a white knuckling experience. Did I mention a strong current and winds 20+? Oh yeah, did I mention that local boating etiquette (mostly for operators of smaller boats) is like driving in NYC during rush hour.

    Here’s a pic of one yacht barely making it through. I have to say though, pics don’t represent the real deal, but at least you’ll get an idea.



    Our plan was to anchor out for the first night. I’ve heard that No Name harbor gets busy during weekends, but we arrived there midweek and it was packed. Although, I could tie up to a wall for a few hours, but I didn’t want to lose the only two spots I’ve noticed that were left for me to drop the hook. Their policy allows using the wall only during the day, the overnight tie-up is prohibited. The harbor is also known for having tricky bottom holding. As I picked the first spot (closer to the restaurant), it was exactly my experience. After 2-3 attempts with 1:10 ratio, I could easily relate to a bad combination between the bottom and my Delta anchor. Moving on to another spot close to the harbor entrance. I dropped the hook and whala!?!, it grabbed right away. I power set the anchor, gave it a good 1:10 scope, dropped the bridle, we’re good for an overnight stay. Let’s see what they have on this island. We transported our folding bikes and explored the trails. WOW….what a cool trails they have here. There are two running parallel to each other, one right along the water and another in the shaded sections covered by the tropical trees.

    When we got to the lighthouse, it was closed and since we couldn’t go to the top, we continued exploring the trails and the beach.







    After reading reviews on Boater's Grill, we wanted to try their food. It’s a cool place with an island feel. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the food. Maybe we didn’t get lucky, but between 3-4 dishes, none of them was anything to brag about and our expectation wasn’t set too high either.


    We got to the parking lot by the beach and saw people gathered in one area, they were feeding these little creatures.



    On our way back to the boat, I spotted something unusual (a Catamaran dinghy).


    Leg 2: KB to Duck Key.
    The run to the Duck Key was straight forward and uneventful. From No Name harbor, it’s an easy jump back on ICW, which I followed up until channel 5, then we are staying outside via Hawk Channel to DK. Even though the weather was very nice, the winds remained blowing 20kts or so. With ESE winds I knew that I’ll have mostly beam 4’ers seas. As in previous few days, the SC advisory was in effect. Obviously, this was nothing we haven’t seen before, so I wasn’t too concerned. “Inspiration” handled the outside run very well.

    Upon entering the Hawk’s Cay Channel, I made a securete call, no one responded, but as I’ve looked ahead, I saw a vessel heading out (toward me). That’s just great, there are quite few places where two boats of our size just can’t fit. So, I rushed to the wider section for a safe passage.




    As we got settled and started washing the boat, I see this dude is chilling on my bow rail.



    All of a sudden admiral is starting the get concerned. She can’t find our “hairy captain”. When the ride was a bit bumpy, he came up on the bridge for extra comfort and support. But, when I was cleaning the bridge, he managed to sneak under the helm cover.



    Leg 3: Duck Key to Marathon.
    It’s a short run (only around 23nm) between the Hawk’s Cay and Faro Blanco in Marathon. Not much has changed in regards to seas conditions. Whether I wanted to depart very early or later in the morning, made no difference. The wind was constantly blowing, but on the bright side, the conditions were still very reasonable.

    There are two bridges leading to the bay side of Marathon, I took the 7 mile bridge at Moser Channel, to play it safe.
    Those who haven’t been or heard of Faro Blanco, this is a brand new resort & marina (built in spring of 2015). Docks are probably best I’ve seen. Dockhands and staff in general, are very friendly and always willing to help. You definitely have a feeling you’re in a resort type of marina, but b/c it’s only 6 months old, it needs a little time to “build a character”. BTW, it was a piece of cake to deploy the dinghy right in the slip. The slips are wide enough to squeeze the dinghy between the boat and the pilings. They also have a very nice restaurant. We didn’t get a chance to have a full meal there, but it looked very much inviting with good menu. So far, it was the best gig in the area, but we’ll keep looking what else is around, for a change. Steve had suggested checking out a place (I forgot the name at the moment) just north of FB, we’ll give them a shot next time we’re in the area.








    This is our first time in Marathon and we liked it a lot. The area is filled with marinas, restaurants and various things to do. For those that have fast dinghies, this is a dinghy haven. We were there for two days and decided to explore the area one day by bikes, and the other day by dinghy.

    One of the coolest POIs there is Boot Key harbor. It has 500 moorings and some room to anchor. Dinghy landing didn’t seem to be an issue. As we entered the harbor, we treated ourselves with excellent lunch stop at Burdines.




    We really enjoyed exploring the Boot Key Nature Preserve and the canals along the shore line (mostly on the NE side). The pics don’t come close to representing the real feel, but here are few.
    This is local map showing couple famous kayak trails and areal overview.









    As we came around a turn, we found a cool anchorage (Mediterranean style)





    Leg 4: Marathon to Key West.

    Last look at the weather and guess what? Yep, the same forecast. ESE 20mph wind, seas 4-5’. As we are getting closer to KW, we’re making slight turn towards West. So, you would expect the seas to be on the port quarter (heading SW bound), but the southern component makes them pretty much steady beam seas. “No problem Mon”…..I didn’t see any “red flags”, so Hawk Channel is our route. Once again, going under the 7 mile bridge via Moser Channel and making the turn to stbd...
    Key West, here’s we come……

    Quick snapshot of Galleon marina.




    Getting slip assignment, lines and fenders ready. Making final turn, “holly molly!!?!”….I thought that last year’s docking was tight. They put us now in the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] fairway (from the office) where “Inspiration” doesn’t really fit , as every boat’s bows sticking out. The docks are floating and very low, there’s no piling between me and another boat on my port side. This is going to be fun!!! Did I mention that it is blowing good 20+mph (in my case it was side wind from stbd, as I back into the slip)? Oh well, if you know how to dock your vessel pretty well, you’re about to demonstrate all of your docking skills right here, right now. I aligned the boat as usual - perpendicular to the slip, but I can’t pivot her until I squeeze the dinghy partially into the slip, otherwise, there’s just no room to bring the bow around. Bringing the stern in, tucking the dink in the slip, trying to keep t the stern from getting blown onto 480MY on my port. Slowly starting to swing the bow…..I think I got few inches…..yep!!, just cleared the boat’s anchor right across from 480. Geeze, I can see the “entertainment” until all the boats are docked for the holiday.

    My prediction wasn’t much off. As the boats were starting to come out and new ones fill their spots, most folks were on the bows catching lines and acting as “manual bow thrusters”. Some boats had no choice but turn around and comeback stern in to the fairway.

    It was interesting to watch sailboats coming in and going out. As soon as one stuck its stern out of the slip, the wind just took her and pinned against a bulkhead. They were very lucky that one of the end slips was vacant at the moment. Otherwise, we’d hear a lot of grinding noise.

    The excitement is over, the boat is washed and we’re ready to enjoy what KW has to offer. Having bikes on board puts you minutes away from everything around here. We love biking in places like this and KW is very bike friendly.

    When we came back from a bike ride, we noticed few people gathered few slips away from ours. It turns out that a Manatee has “parked” there. As people watching and taking pics, one girl start rubbing its back, the next thing you know, the manatee rolls around for a belly rub. That was very cute and funny to see.



    This was a first time when we docked for 5 days in one port, during our cruise. But, KW is definitely the place to do it. Let the pics do some talking.

    Here’s a place where small condos go for 5+ mill and all tour trollies have to turn off the mics and keep it quiet.


    Some historical sites pointed by a tour guide.











    Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum



    A must visit restaurant for breakfast called Blue Haven





    Hyatt Hotel, entrance to the Shor American restaurant





    CSR New Year Eve Feast in SHOR American Grill restaurant.










    NYE Pirate Wench Drop


    The Shoe


    Beautiful evening at Mallory Square.









    Leg 5: Key West to Islamorada.
    The NY celebration is over. 5 days in KW flew by very fast. It’s time to start heading back. It was gorgeous morning leaving KW. We are making our way out of the harbor, as the sun is starting to rise.



    Negotiating the channel with a Disney cruise ship.


    The wind has finally calmed down a bit and it nice to see calm seas early in the morning. We’re heading to our favorite anchorage in Islamorada.
    The Hawk Channel had usual amount of lobster pots. As we entered the ICW via Moser Channel, some sections were worse than I recall from a year ago. Here’s a quick shot in the middle of ICW channel.



    Our “hairy captain” is checking that we’re properly anchored and have enough swinging room.



    It’s always a good idea to check your running gear after travelling these waters. Even though I thought that I did a pretty good job dodging those lobster pots, I still felt I picked up something on the port side. So, the first thing I did when jumped in for a swim, was checked the props. Sure enough, there’s a line.


    Kids had a blast in the water and playing with a paddle board.






    Leg 6: Islamorada to Key Biscayne.
    The last day of the trip had a 50/50 weather forecast, but regardless, we planned on stopping to check out the Key Biscayne anchorage. Apparently, It's the location of President Nixon's Florida White House and the Scarface house (Al Pacino movie).
    We had a very nice ride and in one of the sections we even had some dolphins encounter.



    When I pulled into the anchorage, I picked out a spot positioning my boat in front of the majority of boats that were there prior to our arrival. I knew there was a storm cell coming, so I wanted to minimize the chances of having too many boats being in front of me and possibly dragging, when the weather turns bad.




    Oh well, the weather Gods had a different plan. As the clouds rolled in, the wind shifted about 180 degrees and literally in a matter of couple of minutes. You know what that means, now that bunch of boats that I was trying to keep behind me, got in front of me….. It was getting darker, the wind is picking up and it’s starting to rain. I just love it when all of a sudden people start running around, packing up and taking off. HELLOOOO……you’re at anchor in sheltered water, the storm is already here, where do you think you’re going??? I guess if it wasn’t for these folks we’d have a lot less “entertainment”.

    As I’m watching the radar, I see that the cell is not very large and within 30-40 min it should pass. So, we started slowly getting things setup for a nice dinner. While everyone is occupied with their stuff, I periodically keep an eye on what’s going on around us. My view has changed and I’m looking at this beautiful silver yacht. There were quite a few people on board and they seemed to have a good time, looking comfortable. Few mins later, it became very dark and the heart of the storm rolled on top of us. The wind was gusting and it started to pour very hard. The usual FL summer type of storm is hammering us.

    I go up on the bridge to get a better view on things. As some boats keep taking off (yep, its dead pick of the storm), I’m observing a scene of sailboat and a Catamaran trying to fender off. Most likely one of them didn’t have enough scope and started dragging. The visibility kept dropping, the boats were swinging as the wind was whistling. The big silver yacht became a big blurry object. I could barely see smaller boats in the distance. So far, other than the sailboat and the cat situation (which seemed to be under control), things are looking ok.

    I go downstairs for couple mins to see how my crew is doing. As I come up to the bridge, I see that the blurry silver object is somehow getting bigger and bigger. Oh well, you guessed it. I don’t know what they’re doing there, but apparently this monster is dragging right into me. Due to poor viz, I can’t see the people and what they’re doing. I’m just hoping that there must be a trained crew that knows what’s going on and will take appropriate action immediately. As the yacht keeps dragging, the time is now ticking “a lot faster”. I ‘m starting to get the sense that things no longer look like under control on that yacht. I fire up the mains, turn the nav lights on. My wife came up and said, let me get a fender ready. The yacht is just getting closer and closer. I blast 5 horn signals and see not much reaction. She’s getting closer and closer to me. The next thing I hear is their music BLASTING. That’s just great!!!. How do you expect anyone to hear a warning signal if all they have is heavy base pumping their ears? I keep blasting the horn, nothing happens, no reaction. As the stern of the yacht slightly changed the angle, I spotted its name. I grabbed VHF and hailed them on 16, advising that they’re dragging. Guess what? …Obviously no response. It became clear to me that I’m dealing with idiots operating very heavy and dangerous machine.

    I can’t wait any longer for them to get their act together and I now have very limited time to do anything. It’s either now or it would be too late, this thing is about to collide with me. I tried to get an idea where my chain is pointing and put port engine in gear, trying to clear their stern and maneuver to STBD. As I’m starting to move in gear, I still keep sounding the 5 blasts and hailing them on VHF. The situation is starting to improve as my boat is getting out of the path of this drifting monster. But, as you can imagine, I have to be very careful not to wrap my chain on my running gear. Finally, as they got 20 or so feet from me, they heard the horn and saw me waving my hands. As they were sliding by, on the collision course with the sailboat and the cat, which were now behind me and had problem of their own, I finally saw water movement at their stern (they bumped the engines in gear and began moving under the propulsion). I’m no longer in danger and their crew finally seemed to have control of the vessel and starting to maneuver around the boats behind me.

    At this point I saw that their anchor was up. I was trying to understand what the hell took place there and what is it that they were up to. The best so far I could think of, is that as the pick of the storm rolled in, they stated dragging without realizing it. They must have a party going in a full swing and none of the crew paid attention to surroundings. Probably (obviously I’m just guessing here), the charter guest or someone in control said “this weather suck, let’s get out of here”, they started anchor retrieval procedure without having a proper watch, as the wind took them adrift through the anchorage field. As the anchor came up and they got close to me, someone finally heard my horn and saw me waving, they realized the situation and got their act together.

    BTW, posting the yacht name and exposing the crew is meaningless at this point. But, I’ll say that I found the specs and it was a 90’er 100 tons charter yacht. There is a crew of three on board. She is powered by twin diesel 16V 2000 MTU engines, capable of reaching a maximum speed of impressive 38 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots.

    There are few things we (especially those who haven’t been caught in a storm while being out there) can learn from the story.

    - There’s a saying “any port in a storm”. If you’re anchored in sheltered spot, STAY there until the storm passes. Raising an anchor and travelling in a storm is the dumbest thing to do, unless you have an emergency and have to go.
    - Don’t assume anything. For example, it might be logical to assume that being next to a large yacht you should be clear of trouble, thinking that there is trained crew on board and they really know what they’re doing. From my story, we clearly see that it’s not the case.
    - Even if you’re staying for short period, have extra scope. During the storm, you’ll need all the holding power you can get. You have ZERO benefit having 100’ of line/chain just laying in your anchor locker. On the other hand, it’ll save the day having extra deployed.
    - Knowing that you did everything right securing your vessel to ride the storm, keep a sharp lookout on what’s going on around you. As storm hits the area, things change very quickly. Keep a fender or two handy, you might need it to fender off another vessel or whatever comes your way.
    - As we have witnessed, one of the major challenges while on the hook during the storms, is the wind direction changes. When you came to the anchorage and power set (hopefully) your anchor, the vessel is secured. But, in the event of wind shift, your anchor is now in the process of resetting itself. You have to take that into consideration and keep a close eye as the change is taking place. Most of the time the trouble starts of dragging anchors due to not enough scope and anchors not resetting. Thus, be prepared to take necessary action.

    The rain has stopped, the wind calmed down, the sky opened up and we were greeted by a beautiful evening. It’s time to throw that yummy steak on the grill. One of the reasons why dining up on the bridge is one of our favorite places, is that you just can’t beat the views. Don’t forget, you got to be in the “right” spot too…..LOL





    Leg 7: KB to FTL.
    No matter how long we’d like to stretch our stay, it’s time to head back to our home port. But, before we end our trip, we’re about to enjoy night cruise through one of the most stunning sections of ICW in Miami. I’ll let the pics do the talking now.











    Another awesome vacation has come to an end. It was nice to see CSR KW Rendezvous growing. We had a great time. It was very nice to meet new people and re-unite with our longtime friends. Those who followed this thread from the beginning know that we had people coming from different locations (East coast and West coast). Thankfully, everyone made it to KW and back safely.

    I hope that everyone who participated enjoyed their time and would want to do it again. As of now, I know that two boats have booked their slips already for next New Year. Steve and I are most likely to follow the same, once we finalize our plans. Those that will be around don’t be shy and join the party.

    Last edited: Jan 12, 2016
  9. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Another awesome holiday, great pics, thanks for taking us along.
  10. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60

    Have been patiently waiting your write up.

    Great pictures, fantastic commentary. As always your recap of a trip is spot on and fantastic.

    Thank you for sharing the journey.

  11. Air O'Nautical

    Air O'Nautical Active Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Stamford CT "Ponus Yacht Club"
    1995 400EC. Raymarine E80,4kw dome, Garmin 235 gps,
    2013 7.4L Mercruiser Blue water.
    Hurth straight shaft 630's,
    Westerbeke 7.0 BCG
    Thank you Alex......
  12. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck New Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    Amazing! One day. ..
  13. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    Very nice Alex - puts my shabby write up to shame......I totally get what your saying about transiting Miami - at the Dodge island bridges I was greeted by a 70+ foot boat running "through the middle" at way over displacement speed - bow high and throwing a ton of water/wake - and the owner/crew didnt seem to notice or care....Right now I do not have the tender in florida - if we are going to spend some time in marathon and bahia honda it sounds like it would be a good idea if we had it.
  14. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler

    Thanks for posting! It looks like it was a great trip!

  15. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Thanks for kind words, guys.

    Obviously everyone’s situation is different, but I can’t imagine my crew being without the tender. It adds so much to the adventure. There are tons of places to take the tender, not to mention that it’s your “water taxi” if you like being on the hook. This year was a bit different and we didn’t anchor out as much as we usually do, but we still used the tender when we could. Marathon was a perfect example where we mixed it up and did a day exploring by land and another by water.

    Hopefully, we can do the trip again to KW, I think I’ll deploy the tender prior docking in a marina. Steve deployed his and was able to use the tender. I didn’t feel like taking the big boat out . Considering that we have used our tender around KW a lot last year, we thought we’ll focus on biking this time. But, I’d love to do some running around the nearby islands and the anchorage across from KW harbor.

  16. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    BTW, keep a good distance from vessels in 60-70’ range running on plane. It’s rare when one will care to slow down. As I was making my way out of the KW harbor and gave wide berth to Disney cruise ship, a sport fisher (about 60’er Hatteras) jumped on plane just outside the breakwater. He then headed so close to the cruise ship that they had to blast a horn. Then, he came very close to me (for whatever reason he changed the course to come toward me) and threw good 4’er wake. Just a classic example of an a$$hole.

  17. bmac

    bmac Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    Alex, very nice write up, thanks. You are the man!!!! I wish I had the time for taking the boat to FLL for the winter. Alas, a week in Miami and 5 days in Key West mid-February will have to suffice.
  18. cod

    cod Member

    Nov 25, 2010
    Naples, Fl.
    2005 500 Sedan Bridge/
    Cummins QSM 11's/

    As always.....great write up, another great trip.....No better place for New Years. We did in fact book Galleon for next year 12/29-1/3.
    I too had an interesting experience going through the Broad Street Bridge last month. While I was transiting through with the one section of the bridge open, there is a 29ft. Formula on plane heading straight for me, like I'm able to move over to the section that wasn't open! Blew my horn and then proceeded to give him a few choice words... Hello? The bridge is open for a reason, so , I can transit through....
  19. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Great trip Alex, thanks for posting.
  20. Alex F

    Alex F Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    East Coast
    2005 420DB with AB 11 DLX Tender, Raymarine Dual E120 MFD/Radar/XMWeather, ST7001 A/P, AIS, SeaLift
    T-Cummins 450Cs Straight-Drives, 9KW Onan Generator, 40HP Yamaha for tender.
    Thanks Brian. When you're in FL for MIBS, let's see if we can get together. There will be few of us around and maybe we can do dinner or just drinks.
    Way to go, Steve! You're not wasting any time, ha....I guess I need to have serious conversation with admiral...LOL
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2016

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