TARDIS - Time And Relative Dimensions In Space

It's Bigger on the Inside

24 March 2017 | J & R Marine Services
20 March 2017 | Punta Gorda Isles
19 March 2017 | Punta Gorda Isles
17 March 2017 | Captiva Island, Florida
13 March 2017 | Captiva Island, Florida
11 March 2017 | Matlacha, FL
07 March 2017 | Useppa Island
03 March 2017 | Pelican Bay, FL
28 February 2017 | Boca Grande, FL
22 February 2017 | Gulfport, FL
17 February 2017 | Mideira Beach, FL
16 February 2017 | Dunedin, FL
15 February 2017 | Dunedin, FL
11 February 2017 | Three Rooker Island
11 February 2017 | Three Rooker Island
10 February 2017 | New Port Richey, FL
31 January 2017 | New Port Richey, FL
01 January 2017 | New Port Richey, FL
31 December 2016 | New Port Richey, FL
25 December 2016 | New Port Richey, FL

Pelican Bay - Cayo Costa State Park

03 March 2017 | Pelican Bay, FL
Breezy
We left on Wednesday, March 1st on a long voyage. Our first offshore trip, too. Eileen took the helm and steered the through the first 5 hours and about half the time we sailed. Charlie enjoyed the ride and messing with boat stuff.

It started shaky! When the anchor was pulled up came an old anchor rode probably 50' in length and covered with barnacles and yuk. Quickly the boat was put in neutral to not foul the junk. It took a bit to get it all on board. Thankfully, I had gloves! Sorry no photos. After a short delay...off we went.

No draw bridges to go thru it was a short 30m trip to the gulf through the North Channel at Pass-a-grill. Another place we've seen so many times by water as we've stayed in the area at the Bon-Aire Motel many times. My the channel seems wider when you are in it.

The wind was on the nose of course so we motored the first 24nm but took the opportunity to go between Egmont Key and Port De Soto. We looked at this passage when we had the weather delay earlier. It looked bigger too. Everything looks bigger on the TARDIS when you're on the inside!

The wind shifted to the South and we hoisted sails for the FIRST TIME on our adventure. The wind lasted for 4 hours until sunset before it shut off and enjoyed a great sail close hauled on starboard tack. Took turns driving and reading until the moon set.

Here's our current books. Excellent reading!



Started the motor at sunset, left the main up and motor sailed at 6 knots till we anchored. The moon was a sliver and set about 10pm. Boy is it dark out there but the stars are awesome! Charlie drove while Eileen tried to sleep after the moon set. We happened upon some reefs and got to watch two large shrimpers working them. Bright lights and man do they move fast. Both turned on their AIS signals when we approached and we could watch their progress on the chartplotter while we stayed clear.

Boca Grande Pass into Charlotte Harbor was hit at 1:30am. The lights in the channel did not match our Navionics. Quite stressful! But we made it thanks to Eileen picking out the right blinking lights and proper channel. We anchored just north of the pass at Boca Grande Pass in 12' of water. We thought we were with a bunch of boats anchored most of which were houseboats. That's odd as it's not mentioned in the cruising guides.

We woke up at 7am and Charlie panicked, thinking we moved during the night because there were no anchored boats. We didn't move it was an optical illusion!

Pulled anchor and headed across the pass to Pelican Bay and are anchored here now. The wind started blowing hard at 4am as predicted and we're in for 20+ knots wind first from the NE then E until Tuesday. Should be interesting.

Before dark another T37, SOLE MATES, parked next to us. Funny thing is Tom Nugent who is staying on the ICW from ECSC sent us a photo of this boat, #26 passing his house a week ago. Hoping to meet them soon!



All is good aboard the good ship TARDIS! Happy March everyone.
Comments
Vessel Name: TARDIS
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Tartan 37C
Hailing Port: Indianapolis, Indiana
Crew: Charlie Brehob, Time Lord; Eileen Leonard, Companion
About:
Lifetime avid, formerly competive, sailors who had their own J-24's. Eileen owns "Fun Police" and Charlie owned "Beerrun" sailing at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. Both have owned numerous types of sailboats and have a great deal of experience in many types of small sailboats. [...]
Extra:
A properly maintained and piloted TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and space. The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior, which can blend in with its surroundings through the ship's chameleon circuit. TARDIS has just undergone a ten year restoration after [...]
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