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S/V Eleuthera II
Recently finished a career in the Fire Service. Should be able to enjoy the water more now. Just updated my USCG license and became an ASA instructor. Brand new owner of a CSY Walkthrough. Stay Tuned, progress updates and pics to follow.
Coming to a close ... for now.
Brisk breeze with scattered showers
08/05/2010, Manatee Pocket ~ Stuart, Florida

Made our way back down the intracoastal waterway to the Manatee Pocket to stay the night. We'll be returning to the dock tomorrow but first we will be having our steak dinner and sundowners. Been a great cruise with lots to see and do.

Out for a cruise
Doug ~ weather is great
08/03/2010, Vero Beach

Left the dock yesterday with my brother Mike. Had a quick trip to Peck Lake then today up to Vero Beach, Florida. Motor sailed with a light NE breeze. Had a great trip so far. Will post again when I can.

Blowing hard in the Keys
Doug - the bad stuff is coming!
07/21/2010, Marathon, Florida Keys

As it turns out, it was a brilliant decision to leave the boat at home for this quick trip to the Florida Keys. It has blown very hard since before we got here and is forecast to remain blowing hard all week. Then NOAA expects that tropical storm over Hispaniola to reach the Keys by this weekend. We would have not had one good day of good sailing during our time in the Keys. All the dive and snorkel boats have canceled their trips. You know it must be rough when they turn away business.
So we are playing tourist, enjoying the Keys' "unbeaten path" parts. Heading home Friday...

The weatherman lies !!
Doug ~ blowing like stink.
07/09/2010

The boat was scheduled to be in Marathon for our family vacation. Planned a mix between condo and boat time, but as usual when making plans and keeping schedules on a boat, they don't always mix. This was the case as the weather forecasters predicted beautiful weather for an outside run on Wednesday of this week and not having any nasty weather until possibly Friday in the Miami area. Left St. Lucie Inlet at 0800 and found monster waves from an out-going tide and an incoming heavy wind of 15 -20K (it was forecast for 8 to 12K). I bury the bow into oncoming waves at least six times with green water washing the entire decks. Took a wave from the side that washed me to the far side of the cockpit. That is not too worrisome as the boat can handle it fine. My mistake was in not latching the forward hatch. It opened, then locked in the open position allowing all that water to dump directly into the forward cabin. Oh Joy!
After getting out of the inlet I was able to close the hatch but the damage was done... everything soaked of course including the LCD TV I stored there for safe keeping. (ha) My crew Jake got sick within minutes as the seas were large and very confused with rain squalls passing every hour. Pour guy, I've been there. So for the next five hours I got a workout on the wheel and bracing myself. I must admit, it was a little fun for me. I love that boat. The CSYs' come by their reputation honestly!
So after pulling into Palm Beach Inlet instead of moving on, we took a break anchored at Peanut Island. Jake was much improved but the prospect of not being able to go on the outside and dealing with the intracoastal bridges all the way to Biscayne Bay did not appeal to me. This was all for a quick family vacation of 5 days. I weighed the options and decided to take a leisurely inside trip back to the home dock the next day. The weatherman again lied as the predicted 5 to 10K winds were still blowing hard. Oh Well, had a good time anyway and stayed at a great anchorage that was new to me.

The weatherman lies !!
Doug ~ blowing like stink.
07/09/2010

The boat was scheduled to be in Marathon for our family vacation. Planned a mix between condo and boat time, but as usual when making plans and keeping schedules on a boat, they don't always mix. This was the case as the weather forecasters predicted beuatiful weather for an outside run on Wednesday of this week and not having any nasty weather until possibly Friday in the Miami area. Left St. Lucie Inlet at 0800 and found monster waves from an out-going tide and an incoming heavy wind of 15 -20K (it was forecast for 8 to 12K). I bury the bow into oncoming waves at least six times with green water washing the entire decks. Took a wave from the side that washed me to the far side of the cockpit. That is not too worrisome as the boat can handle it fine. My mistake was in not latching the forward hatch. It opened, then locked in the open position allowing all that water to dump directly into the forward cabin. Oh Joy!
After getting out of the inlet I was able to close the hatch but the damage was done... everything soaked of course including the LCD TV I stored there for safe keeping. (ha) My crew Jake got sick within minutes as the seas were large and very confused with rain squalls passing every hour. Pour guy, I've been there. So for the next five hours I got a workout on the wheel and bracing myself. I must admit, it was a little fun for me. I love that boat. The CSYs' come by their reputation honestly!
So after pulling into Palm Beach Inlet instead of moving on, we took a break anchored at Peanut Island. Jake was much improved but the prospect of not being able to go on the outside and dealing with the intracoastal bridges all the way to Biscayne Bay did not appeal to me. This was all for a quick family vacation of 5 days. I weighed the options and decided to take a leisurely inside trip back to the home dock the next day. The weatherman again lied as the predicted 5 to 10K winds were still blowing hard. Oh Well, had a good time anyway and stayed at a great anchorage that was new to me.

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