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
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25 March 2017 | Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage
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
Recent Blog Posts
25 March 2017 | Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage

Fort Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage

On Wednesday, March 22nd, we arrived in Fort Myers Beach. With the right weather conditions, we are only a day away from the boat yard. However, the wind for the next couple of days will be too strong, out of the wrong direction and there is a thunderstorm predicted for tomorrow.

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 [...]

Fort Myers Beach to Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage

25 March 2017 | Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage
Lynn/Sunny and Hot
On Wednesday, March 22nd, we arrived in Fort Myers Beach. With the right weather conditions, we are only a day away from the boat yard. However, the wind for the next couple of days will be too strong, out of the wrong direction and there is a thunderstorm predicted for tomorrow.

On Thursday morning we dinghied over to Salty Sam’s Fuel Dock to top up our two five gallon jugs. Then we wrestled with the mooring ball and tightened up our lines. The mooring pendants are new and way too long and when the tide shifts, the ball goes underneath between our two hulls. On a mono hull the ball would run along the outside of the hull. Either way, the ball scrapes along and causes damage. With our chores out of the way, we set off for the dinghy dock. We register for the mooring ball at the Matanzas Inn office and then we start our walk-about. As usual it is spring break in Fort Myers Beach! We enjoy a Greek salad at the PLAKA restaurant in Times Square and do some people watching. Then we do a long beach walk. Upon our return, we take advantage of the showers at the Matanzas Inn and then walk over to the Beached Whale to indulge in our favourite mussels! The thunderstorm decides to pass through just as we are departing the restaurant. Thankfully, It doesn’t last very long and we are able to return by dinghy to MIDORI without getting soaked. On our way, we say hello to Mike and Philomena on GODSPEED.

On Friday, we wait on the boat for a pump-out which we booked at the office yesterday. We get some more chores done and check the weather…….looks like a good window for Saturday. Mike and Tammy on TAUREAU are headed back from Marco Island and want to get together for Happy Hour. So, Salty Sam’s it is from 5:00 - 7:00!

On Saturday, March 25th, we get away at 7:14 a.m. The tide is against us crossing San Carlos Bay until we pass under the Punta Rassa Bridge and enter the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and then we get a push. There is a fair bit of boat traffic. Of course there is, it’s Saturday! The remainder of the trip is quite uneventful, cruising behind the islands of Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, Cayo Costa and across Charlotte Harbour and into the Myaaka River.

We reach the fairway leading from the bay to the lock at around 3:00 p.m., but there is a boat in front of us and it appears to be his first time. We try to radio him, but he doesn’t respond. Finally, we are able to gesture to him to turn his radio on and we help guide him through the process. There seems to be issues with the gates stalling and having to be restarted. When he finally gets through, two boats get into the lock from the canal side. Again, they have issues with the gates. Finally, it is our turn and we too have issues using the remote control . We get through at around 4:00 p.m. We’ve spent an hour dickering around at the lock. We’ve never seen so much boat traffic coming and going on the canal.
Wait, oh yes, it’s Saturday!

We arrive at the face dock of CHBS at 5:30 p.m. - just in time for Happy Hour!

We have travelled 57.2 nautical miles today in 10 hrs. and 23 minutes, with a maximum speed of 6.8 and an average speed of 5.5 knots. (have not adjusted these figures to account for the delay at the lock)

Tomorrow we will wash the salt off of MIDORI and take down and put away the jibsail and the mainsail. We won’t get hauled out until Monday and then the work begins of putting MIDORI away for the season!

End of Season Nine,

First Mate Lynn and,
Captain Brian

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
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