Parka on the Loop

1986 Niagara 35 Encore

04 January 2018 | Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas
03 January 2018 | Clarence Town Long Island
25 December 2017 | Palm Cay
27 April 2017
19 April 2017
18 April 2017
18 April 2017
18 April 2017
16 April 2017
12 April 2017
08 April 2017
05 April 2017
04 April 2017 | Allan Pensacola
03 April 2017
31 March 2017
30 March 2017
30 March 2017 | Tilloo Cay
28 March 2017 | Photo on Atlantic taken by Anglearke (Bianca)

Florida

18 April 2017
We left Bimini at 6:55 and anchored in Florida at 20:10
What a sail we had! We made 6.5-7.5 knots the whole way. The Gulf Stream was running against us at about 1.5 knots.
The Stream pushed us back 19 miles. So although the distance over the ground was 65 miles we sailed 84 miles through the water.
We had 2-4' waves most of the day with occasional 5 footers.
As if we weren't having enough excitement as we approached US waters we noticed a large US coastguard vessel approaching. Sure enough when they got close they hailed us on VHF. While I answered all of their questions they stayed about 100 yards off our stern quarter with binoculars on us.
I asked if it was ok to anchor for the night because we weren't going to make it to Marathon in day light. The coastguard advised me to do what would be safe for us and the vessel.
We entered Angelfish Creek at low tide with a charted depth of 4'. We approached very slowly and the shallowest depth we saw was 6.0'. We continued through the creek and came out into Biscayne Bay. We anchored behind Pumpkin Cay and had a very quiet night.
Comments
Vessel Name: Parka
Vessel Make/Model: Niagara 35 Encore
Hailing Port: Pell Island Georgian Bay; Registered Midland, Ontario Canada
Crew: Joanne and David
About: David is a retired OPG Stationary Engineer. Joanne is a Registered Nurse retiring July 2016. We have been upgrading Parka in preparation for the Great Loop commencing August 2016 from Georgian Bay.
Parka's Photos - Main
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The Manatees swim into the marina looking for fresh water.
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Super busy port. These photos were on the weekend!
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84'Drop on our way to the Gulf
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These are only. Seen for about a mile but really beautiful.
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Photos taken down the Illinois River
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Crossing into Usa
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We took Parka out for a cruise down the Waubano Channel. Beam reach 7 knots!
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Old wiring out and new in! Forced air furnace installed.
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Created 26 July 2016
David duplicated the grab rails over the winter so time to install.
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Created 12 July 2016
Some of the things we are changing or improving.
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Created 12 July 2016