UPDATE#15 04/01 thru 04/15
adventures of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 through 03/31/09 have been published on
the website. We continue with the
2009 #15 04/01/09 thru 04/15/09
last update, we were aboard AMARSE at Man-O-War Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas.
At Edwin’s Boat Yard, they were just finishing up the bottom job on the
boat before we headed west from the Bahamas.
WEDNESDAY MAN-O-WAR CAY to
HAWKSBILL CAY ANCHORAGE
Judy and I have inspected, approved, and paid for the fine work
accomplished at Edwin’s Boat Yard.
In just a few moments, AMARSE will be “splashed” back into the waters
at Man-O-War Cay.
We had to wait for the tide to come in enough to launch AMARSE.
Getting underway at 11:10am, we head westbound in the Sea of Abaco.
Our chosen route traverses the very shallow areas of the “Don’t Rock
Passage”. We must have a high
tide to make it through. Two hours
later, with the sun favorably at our backs, we could visually locate the deepest
pathway through. Even though we
have made this passage successfully several times now, it is always a little
tense because the sand bars can shift over relatively short times.
We safely made it through with depth to spare.
Deeper draft boats must use the “Whale Passage”.
When we reached the Hawksbill Cay anchorage at 17:35, CHABLIS was already
anchored. Weather conditions were
nearly perfect for a comfortable night.
We had traveled 59.6 statute miles at a moving average speed of 8.9 mph.
N26 56.048 W077 47.704
THURSDAY HAWKSBILL CAY
ANCHORAGE to LUCAYAN CANAL WATERWAY
At 7:05am, the anchor was up. The
plan was to go to Great Sale Cay and anchor for the night.
Checking the weather forecast for the night indicated that the wind
direction would make it very uncomfortable in that slot.
Communicating with CHABLIS in late morning, we concurred that the Lucayan
Waterway would offer much better protection from the wind.
It would take us more out of the way but offer a greater margin of
comfort and safety.
What to our wandering eyes should appear?
That looks like TORTUGA! A
radio call confirmed that it was our good friend, Bill Seward.
As we were leaving the Bahamas, he was just arriving.
Bill had been in the same marina with us for years in Rockport, TX.
After many fun times and several rides aboard TORTUGA, we found ourselves
much more interested in trading in our sailing life for the trawlering life.
By the way, Bill is one of the most skillful boat handlers that I’ve
Although our time together at this chance meeting was all too short, it
was great to see him again. He was
traveling with SEA YA.
By 1:35pm, we had rounded Mangrove Cay and passed Cormorant Point at
3:05pm. The tide was favorable to
pass through the shallow channel area leading to the mouth of the waterway and
we traversed without any problem.
Dave had led the way into the canal and found a great spot against a
concrete wall to tie up. A couple
of cargo boat guys helped him tie securely to the trees.
At 5pm, AMARSE found a spot right behind CHABLIS.
As you can see, there are no cleats so tie-up is a bit flimsy but we felt
secure with numerous lines to various trees and stumps.
We had to use caution, as some were poisonwood.
Dave prepared a fabulous dinner of linguine with red clam sauce for our
The Bluto’s are always so generous and gracious.
CHABLIS is such a beautiful boat and Dave is a fantastic chef.
Our travels today included 82.1 miles at a moving average speed of 8.3
POSITION N26 34.608 W078 36.430
FRIDAY LUCAYAN WATERWAY
It was quite windy but we were secure against the seawall.
CHABLIS had a previous invitation to stay with friends further down the
waterway and they headed out about 1pm. I
took the opportunity to do some routine maintenance including changing out the
Racor fuel filters.
WATERWAY WALL to MANATEE POCKET, FLORIDA
Still mostly dark, we departed in the dim light of early dawn at 6:30am.
Thirty-five minutes later, we were out of the Dover Channel on a good
high tide. We saw nothing less than
With an outgoing tide, we cruised along at a respectable 10 mph reaching
our Memory Rock waypoint at 10:32am. This
point carried us off the Bahama Bank into the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean
Gulfstream. Seas were on the beam
between 2 and 4 feet with NW winds of 10-12 knots.
The water temperature was around 77 degrees F and the air was almost 80
It wasn’t long before our first freighter crossing.
Note the wake coming off the bulbous bow extension.
Most of the way, we had the entire ocean all to ourselves.
Coming through the St. Lucie Inlet at 5:45pm, we continued into the
anchorage area of Manatee Pocket and achieved a well-found anchor at 6:22pm.
We cleared the Customs and Border Protection formalities over the phone,
which was made relatively uncomplicated due to our pre-clearance use of the
Local Boater Option (LBO) cards and procedures.
Ivor and Susan (LAZY SUSAN) came from their home in the Stuart, FL area
to meet us for dinner. We lowered
the dinghy and motored over to go to Shrimper’s Restaurant.
Ivor had a welcome hug for Judy.
Susan had a welcome hug for me. They
have been such good friends for years since we traveled with them on part of the
Today, we had traveled 109 miles at a moving average speed of 9.3 mph.
SUNDAY MANATEE POCKET, PORT SALERNO, FL
We used the dinghy as our mode of transportation today.
From a dock near the West Marine store, we moved around the pocket to tie
up at Finz/Bare Bones Restaurant. We
walked to a great veggie stand and a Mexican market store.
Our dinghy adventure continued with a trip of well over an hour along the
section of the Okeechobee Waterway that led to the mooring field area of Stuart,
FL. It was rough and wet but fun.
Our walk from the new dinghy dock took us to the historical district.
Unfortunately, most everything was closed on Sunday.
We had a short visit with Larry and Sue at SUE SEA Q4 at their anchorage.
It was a long, rough ride back to Manatee Pocket, especially with all the
wakes of passing boats returning from their weekend fishing excursions.
MONDAY MANATEE POCKET to
VERO BEACH MOORING FIELD
Our intended early departure was delayed because I had a bit of a
headache. The mud-caked anchor
reached the stops at 7:10am and we motored slowly out of the Manatee Pocket.
With approaching windy weather on our heels, we decided to bypass Nassau
Petroleum as a fuel stop. At
11:38am, we were tied up to mooring #49 out in the “back 40”.
The wind soon picked up very strong.
A 45’ trawler came to raft up. It
was kind of like the Clampetts arriving complete with a howling beagle dog.
Judy and I worked to get them safely secured.
I had to lower the dinghy to attach security lines to the mooring ball,
which turned out to be another comedy event with their short lines and the windy
conditions. We then had to tow them
in their dinghy to the city dock because their outboard motor was inoperative.
We took the free bus to Target, Walgreen’s, and Wal-Mart.
The 5:15pm bus returned us to the city dinghy dock.
TUESDAY VERO BEACH
The anchor wash-down pump was inoperative.
We had to move everything out of the V-berth storage area to gain access
to the pump and relays. Troubleshooting
indicated that the pressure switch contacts had melted plastic supports.
I replaced it with a spare unit rated at 20-40 psi.
The next job was to replace the deck down switch for the windlass.
We have been lowering the anchor using the upper helm remote switch.
This was a good opportunity to install a new switch, giving us foredeck
At 2:05pm, we hopped the bus to Beall’s department store and Lowe’s
hardware. After a quick walk to
Sam’s and Wal-Mart, we took the 4:15pm bus to the marina.
It took most of the evening to inventory the v-berth storage and
straighten up the cabin. It was a
very busy day, however, we sure accomplished a lot.
WEDNESDAY VERO BEACH
to TITUSVILLE, FL
The winds had died down and it was a beautiful morning.
Slipping the lines from the mooring ball and the “Clampett’s”, we
motored over to the fuel dock for their 8am opening.
We took on 150 gallons of ValveTech diesel at a little over $2.31/gallon
with the 5-cent discount for over 100 gal.
We have put 35.6 hours on the engine tach since leaving Boat Harbour in
At 8:47am, we were underway for the ICW.
Along the way, numerous, playful dolphins joined us.
LADY DI, with Rick and Diane, had passed us but had waited at the Titusville
Bridge to make it through on the same opening.
Rick and Diane went into the Titusville Marina.
At 5:05pm, AMARSE chose a tranquil spot to anchor outside the Titusville
harbor amongst a group comprised predominantly of sailboats.
Although we were very secure, a directionally shifting wind sometimes
gave the illusion of dragging at anchor. Of
course we weren’t, but the deceptive effects of randomly shifting boats often
makes you wonder if you might be.
Our dinner included a pleasant cocktail hour, Mexican shrimp cocktails,
and ravioli in a butter, toasted walnut, and balsamic vinegar reduction.
The odometer showed 73.6 miles traveled at an average moving speed of 8.8
N28 37.418 W080 48.167
04/09/09 THURSDAY TITUSVILLE to HALIFAX HARBOR YACHT CLUB, DAYTONA, FL
BIRTHDAY, NICK LAW (Judy’s #2 grandson)
At 7:15am, our anchor came up as we headed for the Haulover Canal,
passing under the bridge at 8:23am. The
early morning conditions were fantastic.
11:25am, we were passing under the George Musson Bridge just north of New Smyrna
Beach at mile marker 845.
Carefully entering the channel, we tied up at the north end of the center
dock at the Halifax River Yacht Club. Brian
Fitzpatrick is the gracious and helpful dockmaster of the friendly facility.
Trey is the assistant.
We had a nice tour of the beautiful clubhouse, bar, and restaurant
Judy and I took a pleasant walk along Beach Boulevard doing a little
window-shopping along the way.
Our Chicagoan friends, Rick and Diane, arrived a bit later at the North
Dock. Together, we had our first
round of cocktails aboard LADY DI and more cocktails with dinner in the Flag
Room of the yacht club. It was
delicious and their company was great.
Today’s travel tallied at 48.2 miles at a moving average speed of 8.1
N29 12.468 W081 00.972
GOOD FRIDAY DAYTONA BEACH,
Judy and I arranged for a weekend rental car from Enterprise.
They didn’t have an economy car available so they upgraded us to a Jeep
Wrangler convertible. Oh, too bad,
We picked up Rick and Diane and put down the Jeep’s top.
It was an absolutely beautiful day and we decided to take a ride along
the world-famous Daytona Beach.
Rick and Diane couldn’t resist the urge to stand up on the seats to get
a better view.
The beach was relatively crowded with scores of Spring Breakers.
For lunch, Rick took us to D&J Seafood near the high bridge at A1A
and Dunlawton St. It was excellent.
As the afternoon waned, we searched out other entertainment for the
evening. Judy and I went to the
nearby ballpark for a Chicago Cub’s Farm Team game between the Daytona Cubs
and the Brevard County Manatees. The
Cubs won the game 7 to 6. They even
had a nice fireworks display after the game.
SATURDAY DAYTONA BEACH, FL
BIRTHDAY, KATHY SALES (LO KEE)
Rick and Diane joined us to look for sundeck furniture.
Most of the shopping was unsuccessful.
We went to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.
At 175 feet, it is the tallest one in Florida.
As part of the museum, they have an antique boat collection on display.
Perhaps when this boat was built, this might have been a cool name.
With all the modern changes in the connotations of the English language,
I’m not sure that too many of today’s watermen would be interested in
choosing this name for their boat.
Fred and Judy at the entrance to the tallest lighthouse in Florida.
I didn’t count the steps, but the lighthouse is 175’ tall.
A great view can be had from the top catwalk.
A nice museum displays light mechanisms complete with Fresnel Lenses.
For lunch, we took a local recommendation to go to the North Turn Racing
Restaurant. On this stretch of
Daytona Beach, NASCAR racing was born. They
no longer race along the beach, but the pictures allowed us to relive those
This is how the beach looks now…
This picture shows how it looked back in the days of early NASCAR racing.
Later in the afternoon, we went to Palm Coast Casual furniture store in
Holly Hills near Ormond Beach on Route 1. Looking
very good, we chose a 36-inch table for the sundeck.
The salesman was very convincing touting a lifetime warranty.
We managed to get it loaded into the Jeep.
I had race fever so we found an oval track in New Smyrna holding events
The sanctioning body was FASCAR (Florida Association of Stock Car
Judy seemed to enjoy the races and the ice cream too.
Back at AMARSE, it was a beautiful night in the marina.
We sat out on the sundeck, around our new table, listening to Rod Stewart
music while I enjoyed a cigar. It
was so very nice.
EASTER SUNDAY DAYTONA
Having a rental car enabled us to do some sightseeing in the area.
We decided to visit Ft. Matanzas.
Built by the Spanish from 1740-42 to protect the southern approach to St.
Augustine, Fort Matanzas was proclaimed a national monument in 1924.
The Fort was sited on
Rattlesnake Island and has a commanding position over Matanzas Inlet.
The US National Park Service operates a free ferry boat service to the
island on a regular basis.
The fort is constructed of coquina, a common shellstone building material
found in the area. Convicts, slaves, and troops from Cuba were used as
The standard staff for the fort was one officer in charge, four
infantrymen, and two gunners, though more troops could be stationed if
necessary. All soldiers at Fort Matanzas served on rotation from their regular
duty in St. Augustine.
Five cannons were placed at the fort, four six-pounders and one
18-pounder. All guns could reach the inlet, which at the time, was less than a
half mile away.
fort is 50 feet (15 m) long on each side with a 30-foot (9.1 m)
tower. The marshy terrain was stabilized by a foundation of pine pilings.
Our day’s activities continued in St. Augustine.
After a nice lunch at Hurricane Patty’s on Oyster Creek, we went
downtown to watch the annual Easter Parade.
The parade was very good and had lots of participants.
I have only included a few pictures of the event.
TUESDAY DAYTONA BEACH,
We had returned the rental car yesterday morning.
There had been heavy rain, thunderstorms, and high winds all last night
and up until noon today.
From the downtown transfer station, we took the #7 bus to Nova/Beville
Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. We
each bought a $3 day pass that allowed us some extra sightseeing opportunities.
The News-Journal Center is a wonderful auditorium for varied
performances. At 7:30pm, we
attended a Woodwind Concert featuring a saxophone quartet accompanied by a group
of nine flutists. The Daytona State
College hosted the enjoyable event.
BEACH to FT. GEORGE RIVER, FL
Having thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Halifax River Yacht Club in
Daytona, we continued our adventures northward.
Our lines were slipped from the dock at 7:09am.
A dredge was operating in the ICW bypass near Ponce Inlet.
As the clock struck 6pm, AMARSE dropped her hook in the Ft. George River
just a short distance from The Kingsley Plantation at mile marker 735.
The odometer reading showed 96.3 miles traveled at a moving average speed
of 8.8 mph over a moving time of just under 11 hours.
N30 26.420 W081 26.094
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