MIDORI ADVENTURES

Vessel Name: MIDORI
Vessel Make/Model: PDQ 32
Hailing Port: Placida, Florida
Crew: Captain Brian and First Mate Lynn
About: Retired government employees ......... looking for adventure on the water.
Extra: Just do it!
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/midori
Social:
22 March 2017 | INDIAN KEY
21 March 2017 | Indian Key
20 March 2017 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, FL
07 March 2017 | Boot Key Harbour
14 February 2017 | Sunset Grill, Marathon, Fl
12 February 2017 | Schooner Wharf, Key West
08 February 2017 | Marathon, Florida
23 January 2017 | Boot Key Harbour
21 January 2017 | Boot Key Harbour
19 January 2017 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, Fl
11 January 2017 | Boot Key Harbour
04 January 2017 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon,FL
24 December 2016 | Boot Key City Marina, Marathon FL
20 December 2016 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL
16 December 2016 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, FL
04 November 2016 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, FL
03 November 2016 | Pavillion Key
02 November 2016 | Fort Myers Beach
01 November 2016 | Pelican Bay, Cayo Costa
31 October 2016 | CHARLOTTE HARBOUR BOAT STORAGE
Recent Blog Posts
22 March 2017 | INDIAN KEY

INDIAN KEY TO FORT MYERS BEACH

We are anchored just north of Indian Key pass which is the entranceway to Everglades City. So, at 4:30 a.m. we hear the rumble, rumble of a diesel engine as a commercial fishing boat heads from Everglades City to the pass and feel its wake after it passes out into the Gulf. This occurs a few more times. We [...]

21 March 2017 | Indian Key

Boot Key to Indian Key

We’re ready to go this morning. It’s time to start the motors and let them run for 10 minutes. It is still dark at 6:45 a.m. When turning the key in the ignition, Brian sees a spark from the starboard engine “compartment”. After several attempts, the engine will not start. Oh No! (He ran [...]

20 March 2017 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, FL

EN ROUTE TO THE BOAT YARD

A weather window to the Bahamas came up for Sunday, March 12th, the weekend of the Seafood Festival. Time to say goodbye to Brenda and Mike on WRINKLES who we met at the Charlotte Harbour boat yard back in October. We wish them a wonderful time of exploring in the Exumas and hope we see them again [...]

INDIAN KEY TO FORT MYERS BEACH

22 March 2017 | INDIAN KEY
SUNNY AND CALM
We are anchored just north of Indian Key pass which is the entranceway to Everglades City. So, at 4:30 a.m. we hear the rumble, rumble of a diesel engine as a commercial fishing boat heads from Everglades City to the pass and feel its wake after it passes out into the Gulf. This occurs a few more times.

We raise the anchor and are underway by 7:14 a.m. The wind is forecast to be ESE at 5 knots this morning and it is very calm, so we motor to Coon Key Pass, the entrance to the Big Marco River that separates Marco Island from the mainland. It is about 9:14 and we are on a rising tide. Our speed picks up to 6 knots as we pass Goodland, the small fishing village where we got "stuck" a couple of years ago with a problem engine.

We have been texting with Mike and Tammy on TAURAUX, who, along with Uta and Bob on IMAGINE and Carolyn and Lloyd on AMELIA ROSE, have sailed down to Marco from Fort Myers Beach and are anchored in Factory Bay. They are planning on meeting up with Rosie and Al on NAUTILUS. We are invited to stop and join them all, but we are at the end of our season and running out of time. We push on to Fort Myers Beach.

We reach Capris Pass and enter the Gulf of Mexico at 10:50 a.m. (photo) It is relatively calm when we start out, but as predicted, by early afternoon the wind picks up out of the NW, so that the last three hours of our trip are fairly bouncy with 3 - 4 ft. waves on our port front quarter as we continue to maneuver around the lobster pots! Again, we are motor sailing, but Captain Brian is quite pleased with how MIDORI is "pointing". We are close-hauled with the wind on our nose.

We arrive at Fort Myers Beach and pick up mooring ball #43 at 4:40 p.m. having covered 57 nautical miles in 9 1/2 hrs, with a maximum speed of 7.3 knots and an average speed of 5.9 knots.

Stay tuned,


First Mate Lynn and
Captain Brian

Boot Key to Indian Key

21 March 2017 | Indian Key
Lynn/Sunny and Hot
We’re ready to go this morning. It’s time to start the motors and let them run for 10 minutes. It is still dark at 6:45 a.m. When turning the key in the ignition, Brian sees a spark from the starboard engine “compartment”. After several attempts, the engine will not start. Oh No! (He ran both engines yesterday with no problems.)

It always amazes me how he can trouble shoot so well. He saw a spark…..where did the spark come from? “Lynn, get the flashlight out and shine it on the wires and see if you can identify where it is coming from, while I try to start the engine.” There, I see it. I see exactly where it is coming from. Within ten minutes he has cleaned the corrosion from a terminal and tightened it up and we are off! That is why our departure is at 7:15 a.m. instead of 7:00.

We motor out of Boot Key Harbour, under the Seven Mile Bridge and into Florida Bay. The air is still a bit cool, but the the sky is clear and the wind is just as predicted - light, out of the NE. It’s going to be a wonderful day! Shortly, we have both sails up and are motor- sailing at 5.6 knots.

It is not until we pass Bullard’s Bank that the lobster pots begin to show up. Crab season is coming to an end, so we have been told that most of the pots have been pulled out.
Even so, we ran over the line of one stray pot floating around. Brian had to kill the engine and take a look at the prop to make sure the line wasn’t wrapped around it.

The day continues uneventfully, with the occasional dolphin, flying fish and one sea turtle.

At around 4:00 p.m. the wind picks up and is shifting to the W. We are a few miles offshore, passing Little Shark River, a popular anchorage. We want to go as far as we can before sunset. Our destination is Indian Key in the Ten Thousand Islands.

We are still a couple of miles from our anchorage when the sun starts to go down, but we are following and old track and can see no other boats at anchor. We arrive and drop the anchor at 7:55 p.m.

We have covered 74.3 nautical miles in 12 1/4 hrs with an average speed of 6.1 and a maximum of 6.9.

Stay tuned,

First Mate Lynn and,
Captain Brian

EN ROUTE TO THE BOAT YARD

20 March 2017 | Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, FL
Lynn/sunny and cool
A weather window to the Bahamas came up for Sunday, March 12th, the weekend of the Seafood Festival. Time to say goodbye to Brenda and Mike on WRINKLES who we met at the Charlotte Harbour boat yard back in October. We wish them a wonderful time of exploring in the Exumas and hope we see them again in the Fall to hear first hand about their adventures!

Had a fun time while my sister Dana was visiting. Starting with cousins Bobby and Fran Newman’s gig at the Elks; a beach day followed by happy hour at Sparky’s with old friends Vernon and Rose (ROAMALOT); great music and food at the Seafood Festival and a pool day at the Banana Bay Resort.

We had expected to be able to start heading back to the boat yard right after the Seafood Festival, but the weather turned cool with winds out of the N and NE. Not good for travelling almost due N across Florida Bay. We want to have a three day window.

In the meantime, old friends from the Charlotte Harbour boat yard arrived and we had a couple of happy hours at Castaways and Overseas with Cindy and Steve (SLIP AWAY), Linda and George (HEARTBREAKER). We also chatted up with Colin and Catherine (FLYING SAUCER).

We went to the Hurricane for Thursday night wings and said our goodbyes to Dennis (MOON PEARL) and Steve (BARBARA JEAN). Although we had met Dennis previously in Bimini, we enjoyed getting to know him better this winter and Steve is a new friend whom we really enjoyed hanging out with!

Through the weekend of March 18 & 19, we prepared for departure by topping up gasoline, water and provisions with a constant vigil on various weather apps and programs.

We had our last Yoga class today. We shall miss Emily and her wonderful instruction!

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21st, it looks like we have a two-day window to get to Fort Myers Beach. There is a very windy (25 - 30 mph) NE front forecast for Thursday. For tomorrow the wind is still out of the NE, but clocking E and relatively light at 10 mph. All we have to do is get through those crab and lobster pots in Florida Bay and then we can travel along the coast of the Everglades National Park where crab pots are not supposed to be (ha, ha).

The plan is to go as far as we can during the 12 hours of daylight and anchor somewhere close to shore in the Ten Thousand Islands. On the second day, we hope to make it to Fort Myers Beach. If not, we can anchor at Marco Island or Naples.

Stay tuned,

First Mate Lynn and Captain Brian
MIDORI's Photos - Main
Solar Project
7 Photos
Created 16 December 2016
More Scenes of Bimini
12 Photos
Created 20 August 2015
Bimini 2014
12 Photos
Created 9 September 2014
MIAMI BOAT SHOW
6 Photos
Created 20 February 2014
Boot Key Harbour
19 Photos
Created 25 January 2014
Work and Play
11 Photos
Created 15 December 2013
From the boatyard
12 Photos
Created 23 November 2013
BIMINI
18 Photos
Created 24 February 2013
Back in Boatyard
15 Photos
Created 31 October 2012
SEASON FIVE
24 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 26 August 2012
Putting MIDORI to rest
12 Photos
Created 15 April 2011
Coming to the end
12 Photos
Created 15 April 2011
February Activities
9 Photos
Created 28 February 2011
Splashing, Underway and Boot Key
12 Photos
Created 7 February 2011
Getting MIDORI ready
6 Photos
Created 25 November 2010
MIDORI UNDERWAY
9 Photos
Created 11 March 2010
Exumas - 2010
24 Photos
Created 5 March 2010
Big Majors
4 Photos
Created 26 February 2010
Exumas - Third Season
13 Photos
Created 14 February 2010
EXUMAS, 2010
28 Photos
Created 7 February 2010
Brunswick to Boot Key Nov - Dec, 2009
36 Photos
Created 27 December 2009
Celebrating Mom's 90th
23 Photos
Created 2 December 2009
From Boot Key Harbor to Bimini and back.
36 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
Life in Boot Key Harbor
18 Photos
Created 22 February 2009
Christmas/Visit by Chris, Melissa & Matthew/Provisioning
15 Photos
Created 19 January 2009
Miami to Boot Key Harbor
9 Photos
Created 1 January 2009
Brunswick to Miami
27 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 27 December 2008
Getting Midori Ready Oct/Nov '08
15 Photos
Created 22 November 2008
Abacos, Bahamas
12 Photos
Created 1 June 2008
Abacos, Bahamas
12 Photos
Created 1 June 2008
The Abacos, Bahamas
15 Photos
Created 1 June 2008
Abacos, Bahamas
13 Photos
Created 31 May 2008
24 Photos
Created 29 April 2008
The Keys
17 Photos
Created 18 March 2008
Midori Adventures
12 Photos
Created 29 February 2008
Midori Adventures
20 Photos
Created 25 January 2008
Photos of our water adventure on Midori.
18 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 9 January 2008