Here are the Blogs in the Great Loop Cruise Leg 2 category.
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Saturday, 3 April 2004
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This was the last day of the Marlow Marine Rendezvous. Mavis passed the small boat handling course actually docking a 42 foot Grand Banks with twin engines. Bob attended an additional lecture on water makers, boat decorating, and sales taxes. While it would be fun to get a water maker I just can't ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/03/2004 9:50 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 2 April 2004
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This was a day of learning. I learned about varnish, fuel filters, water makers, getting the internet on a boat, and diesel engines. It was worthwhile as I have been doing several things wrong; you have to change the engine fuel filter at the same time as you change the pre-filter. Don't put tape ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2004 9:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 2 April 2004
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This was a rest day. Up late, breakfast at the hotel, and then planning the route from Stuart to Fernandina. Registration was at 2:00PM. All 20 boats arrived and found slips by 4:00PM. There is one 32 foot, two 36 footers, maybe 6-8 42 footers, with the largest boat a 57 foot Nordhavn. There were strong ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2004 9:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 31 March 2004
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We made it to the Atlantic Ocean today for the first time. We followed the St Lucie Canal from Indiantown to Stuart. The locks on the Okeechobee are unique in the USA. They just open up the gates to let the water in rather than having underwater passages for the water to fill up or empty the locks. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/31/2004 10:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 30 March 2004
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The plan was to take the canal around the bottom end of Lake Okeechobee. However, once we saw about 10 miles of canal and since the weather was perfect we decided to head across the lake instead. Okeechobee is the biggest fresh water lake in the USA outside of the great lakes. It is the source of water ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/30/2004 6:53 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 29 March 2004
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We left at 6:30AM with Hans giving a hand with the lines. Great to have friends that get up so early. We crossed Charlotte Harbor and saw Boca Grande from the water. Turning south we passed Captiva Island and Sanibel. The ICW then heads north east through the shallow 'Miserable Mile' that Hans ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/29/2004 6:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 28 March 2004
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Today was change the fuel filter day as it had been showing higher pressure on the way south and had not been changed in 50 hours since Carrabelle. After that Hans and Ria drove us to Boca Grande. We had to cross the same swing bridge that held us up the day before. It? a $3.50 toll bridge designed ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2004 5:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 27 March 2004
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We were underway at 6:25AM. A 70' Marlow Explorer was at the entrance to the harbor. (see photo. The tide was rising and the winds light. We made it out of shallow Terra Ceia bay without incident and the sounder never dropped below zero. On past Anna Maria, and Sarasota. At Vienna the water turns ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/27/2004 5:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 26 March 2004
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We arrived at 1:30PM to find the Katy Leigh in the water, washed, and beautiful with her new varnish job; 12 coats hand rubbed! (see photo) Thanks to great friends we were taken to the airport in Nashville and picked up at Tampa. We took our Kenlake friends, Doc & Eileen to their choice of restaurant. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/26/2004 5:36 PM by Bob Duthie
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