Here are the Blogs in the Great Loop Cruise Leg 2 category.
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Thursday, 13 May 2004
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The Katy Leigh cruised from Marlow Marina at Palmetto, FL to Oxford Yacht Agency at Trappe, MD up the Trappe River off Chesapeake Bay. Click here to start at the beginning.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2004 1:52 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 12 May 2004
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Our last day. La Trappe Creek was a beautiful place with deer walking in the water by the shore and a pair of swans. Some plantation homes also lined the shoreline. When we got to Dickerson Harbor (part of Oxford Yacht Agency (OYA) the harbor was full of new Grand Banks and Eastbays. John Shanahan, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/12/2004 10:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 11 May 2004
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The St Michaels Rotary Club met this morning at the yacht club. Jack was a former president of this club. I was able to get a makeup. I sat beside a woman who had bought a used Canadian Coast Guard trawler in Prince Rupert and sailed it to St Michaels. It was moored at the yacht club. We left ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/11/2004 5:12 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 10 May 2004
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Instead of another day in Solomon's we decided to cross the Chesapeake to St Michaels. It was a good day to cross with little wind. However it was hazy and a careful watch had to be maintained as we followed the shipping channel. We were not disappointed with two huge ships suddenly appearing in the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/10/2004 5:09 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 9 May 2004
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We left early for Solomon's Island, MD. The winds were light and it was calm. About 5 miles out a thunderstorm came through. I followed it on the radar and managed to avoid the heavy rain. So in two days we had rough water and a thunderstorm. We got to Solomon's at noon and refueled (200 gal @ $1.34/gal) ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/09/2004 5:38 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 8 May 2004
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This was the roughest day trip yet. We went 95 miles from Alexandria to Point Lookout at the mouth of the Potomac. It rained off and on but the winds were running 15-20 mph and we spent 5 hours pounding. We ate aboard at night. ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/08/2004 5:36 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 7 May 2004
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Our last day in Old Towne Alexandria. We used the time to tour the new Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. At 3:00PM we were joined by a Brockville Yacht Club friend who will come with us to Oxford. Andrew left for Nashville at 6:00PM before a thunderstorm hit Alexandria. Dinner tonight ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/07/2004 10:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 6 May 2004
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Another day in Old Towne Alexandria; we had breakfast at Starbucks where Andrew is able to get wireless internet access and get some work done. Mavis and I toured the Carlyle House (see photo) which is owned by the state of Virginia. It is about the only house in old town which was not built right ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/06/2004 9:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 5 May 2004
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This was our second day in Old Towne Alexandria. The dock master gave us the good news that we can stay in our slip until Saturday. Dock space is at a premium here as Isabelle took out one entire pier and damaged the others. A thunderstorm passed us a a little to the north but we were spared with only ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/05/2004 8:26 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 4 May 2004
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Our marina is right in Old Towne Alexandria at the Torpedo Factory. Torpedos haven't been built since 1946 so the building is now an artists' colony and restaurants. There are many old homes and waterfront buildings all around. All new construction is made to match the older buildings. It would be a ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/04/2004 9:04 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 3 May 2004
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We got up early to leave for Alexandria but the forecast wasn't good and it was raining and windy. We decided to wait till 9:30 and then review the situation. By then the winds were less and we plowed our way out of the Colonial Beach harbor at low tide. Our ETA for Alexandria was 6:00PM which is later ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/03/2004 9:01 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 2 May 2004
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Freddy was wrong. There was no signal on the end of the dock and up 3 steps. Today was a short 35 mile cruise to Colonial Beach. This town is a summer place and right out of the 50's with lots of little cottages. Alexander Bell spent summers here in the house in the photo. We walked about 4 miles to ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/02/2004 8:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 1 May 2004
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Another day like yesterday.  Light wind till about 10:00AM then it picks up to about 20 miles per hour. Since it was a south wind after we turned west into the Potomac River we were sheltered by the shoreline. We stayed at Oliverson's Marina which has been in the same family for many years. It is on ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/01/2004 4:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 30 April 2004
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We left early to take advantage of the light winds. It seemed like an hour we spent passing the huge naval harbor. A patrol boat followed us the entire way. There was every kind of naval vessel you can imagine including several aircraft carriers. There is a large building behind every dock which we ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/30/2004 4:06 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 29 April 2004
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Today we toured downtown Norfolk on their free electric bus. We stopped at the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial which is in the 1850's city hall. The gifts that the MacArthur's were given by Phillipines, Japan and Korea are on display. There is an interesting movie on his life. At 4:00 our friend ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/29/2004 4:08 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 28 April 2004
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We had 17 more miles of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal to make the 1100AM opening. The lockmaster said that the Corps of Engineers plans to close the canal down for good in October to save $400K. That would be a real shame as it is such a beautiful place unlike any other. You can learn more on the website ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/28/2004 3:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 27 April 2004
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Today we had to cross Albermarle Sound. This is another shallow (10-15 feet) body of water that is feared by all boaters. By leaving early we crossed the 14 miles of open water without difficulty and arrived in Elizabeth City around 10:00AM. The docks there were not great although the price was right ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/27/2004 3:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 26 April 2004
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Last night the Dowry Creek owners had a pot luck beer-can chicken dinner that was really fun. To make beer can chicken you stuff an open can of beer in the chicken and barbeque it. It was really moist and good. We left the marina early to take advantage of the low winds on the Pungo River. There was ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/26/2004 3:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 25 April 2004
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This was a day to be dreaded if there was any wind as we had to cross the wide open Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. Towering waves are possible in northeast winds. We left at 6:15AM and ran in 3-4 foot waves for 3 hours. Another open stretch on the Pungo River was much tamer and the wind stayed below ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/25/2004 4:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 24 April 2004
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We used the courtesy car to get to a medical clinic so Mavis could have her stitches removed. It was supposed to open at 9:00AM and advertised no waiting. It finally opened at 9:30 when all the staff showed up. Then we waited with several others till 9:45 before anything was done. Mavis fingers are ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2004 4:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 23 April 2004
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We left early to get to the Onslow Bridge for the 7:30 opening. We got there in time but the bridgemaster said he was not allowed to open until 1200 noon because the Navy was practicing with live ammunition and firing across the ICW. We had to drop the anchor and wait. It was a good time to try out ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/23/2004 4:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 22 April 2004
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The next stop was Swan Point Marina at Snead's Ferry in North Carolina. The marina has fixed docks, at low tide there is little water, the power doesn't work, the restaurant is closed and the water is shut off. Not exactly according to the description in the Waterway Guide. We have to run the generator ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/22/2004 8:15 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 21 April 2004
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It was just a short 30 miles to Bald Head Island. Another planned community like Defauske and Hilton Head but in our view the best. It is not as flat and the beaches are wide and beautiful here. Every house is unique and many have a guest cabin and golf club garage. A friend, formerly with Duthie Associates, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/21/2004 8:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 20 April 2004
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Shortly after leaving at 800AM we heard over the radio that "Marcom" another 40 ft Bluewater ran aground in exactly the same place as "Looking Good" yesterday. There must be something strange about Bluewater Yachts. It was a day on the Waccamaw River which some say is the most scenic waterway on the ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/20/2004 8:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 19 April 2004
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We were out at 7:15 without difficulty. The first leg took us out beside Fort Sumpter where the Civil War began. It was not open yet so none of its flags were flying. The rest of the day was spent in the waterway passing through giant marshes. It was like being on the prairies since all you could see ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/19/2004 8:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 18 April 2004
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  This was a rest day. Got up late, did some work on the boat, and plotted courses for the next 7 days. A shuttle van from the marina took us downtown to the market where we had brunch at Minstrel's Restaurant. Their eggs benedict were excellent. We took the tour of the Exchange Building. This ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/18/2004 4:52 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 17 April 2004
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Dinner last night was at Emily's in Beaufort. We went with Bill and Gerda from 'Worth Doing' a new 42 foot Grand Banks Europa. They did the loop last year and are from Onaway MI. Emily's is a Tapas restaurant so you can order various dishes of relatively small portions including emu, garlic shrimp, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/17/2004 8:43 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 16 April 2004
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Alan and Jenny left for home in Nashville after breakfast. We left Skull Creek for Beaufort; a distance of 21 miles. What a contrast to Hilton Head. Beaufort dates back to the 1700's. There are beautiful old homes and an interesting shopping street. The marina is one of the best so far with very knowledgeable ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/16/2004 9:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 15 April 2004
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We spent most of the day at Harbour Town walking around the shops and looking at the boats that were paying $10 a foot for a slip. Some were over 100 feet long and didn't mind paying $1000 a night to be near the 18th hole at the golf classic. The harbor was dug out so is well sheltered and modeled after ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/15/2004 9:05 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 14 April 2004
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The wind reduced somewhat in the morning but the cold cloudy weather continued until the afternoon. We rented a golf cart (no cars allowed on Defauske) and toured the island with the main attractions being the golf course, hotel and a model (for sale) cottage. At 3:30 we left for Hilton Head with Jenny. ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/14/2004 9:04 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 13 April 2004
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It is just 20 miles from Savannah to Defauske Island. We arrived before noon. Our friends Alan and Jenny arrived to join us on the 4:00PM ferry from Hilton Head. This island is beginning to be developed but with no bridge it is expensive and will take some time. There is a good hotel and conference ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/13/2004 9:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 12 April 2004
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Last night the weather forecast was dead right. We had our first thunderstorm with heavy rain. As the tide was low again the dock master took me out in a Boston Whaler to take soundings of the channel. He pointed out a whole island shown on the charts no longer exists as it was washed out in a storm ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/12/2004 9:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 11 April 2004
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This was not our best day. The plan was to anchor at New Teakettle Creek in one of Georgia's great marshes. I had a magnificent breakfast (see photo) at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and was back on the boat at 9:00AM ready to go. Mavis had walked 1.5 miles to a store to get groceries but when she went ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/11/2004 8:56 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 10 April 2004
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We left early to get to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The island was 90% owned by Andrew Carnegie around the turn of the last century. He built a mansion on the island which is now in ruins. The Carnegie family donated their holdings to the government. There is no bridge to the island and never ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/10/2004 8:59 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 9 April 2004
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Out at 7:15AM our first task was to get fuel. First time since Bradenton and we added 100 gallons to fill the tanks - full. We cruised north to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Except for about 10 miles the channel is wide and marshes extend for miles. At the St John's River there is a huge dry dock ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/09/2004 9:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 9 April 2004
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St. Augustine is the oldest city in America dating back to the 1500's. It changed hands several times among the Spaniards, French, and English before becoming part of the USA in 1821. We spent the day in museums and walking around the town. The living museum had well versed guides that talked about ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/09/2004 9:08 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 7 April 2004
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With only 54 miles to go today we had time to walk to downtown Daytona for breakfast. It was only about 3 blocks and very attractive. (see photo). Daytona is very keen on recycling with mini-centers every block or two on the waterfront. Each includes and oil recycling container. The ICW from Dayton ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/07/2004 8:29 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 7 April 2004
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Three other sailboats anchored near us last night and left before it was light. We passed each one by 1000. Our course took us past the Kennedy Space Center where we could see the rocket assembly building from 25 miles away. There were no lift offs today unfortunately. Poorly named Mosquito Lagoon is ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/07/2004 8:27 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 5 April 2004
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We had breakfast aboard and then had work to do; replacing a flag halyard, changing 3 fuel filters, and touching up some varnish. (We scraped the rail docking last night.) Of course after changing the fuel filters the engine would not start. I had to go the manual to find all the bleed screws. Then ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/05/2004 8:08 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 5 April 2004
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Breakfast was at the Marriot as part of the Rendezvous. We set sail at 1100 heading north 31 miles for Vero Beach. We stayed there with friends Lee & Vic from Meander that we traveled with last fall on the Tombigee cruise. Vero Beach is the 7th best place to live in the USA according to USA Today. ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/05/2004 8:06 PM by Bob Duthie
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