Two If By Sea

09 March 2017 | Cape Haze
07 March 2017
06 March 2017 | Cape Haze
04 March 2017
01 March 2017 | Burnt Store Marina
26 February 2017 | Burnt Store Marina
23 February 2017 | Burnt Store Marina
28 April 2016 | Pelican Bay
25 April 2016 | Cape Haze Anchorage
24 April 2016 | Cape Haze Anchorage
22 April 2016 | Sarasota, Florida
20 April 2016 | Sarasota
18 April 2016 | St. Pete Municipal Marina
17 April 2016 | St. Pete Municipal Marina
15 April 2016 | Moon Under Water, St. Pete
14 April 2016 | St. Pete Municipal Marina
11 April 2016 | Marina Jack's, Sarasota
07 April 2016 | Cape Haze Anchorage

Heading Home

09 March 2017 | Cape Haze
(The Beach At Don Pedro State Park)

We definitely made the right decision. When at my son's college graduation, one of the messages was, "It's not always making the right decision, it's making the decision right." So, therefore, we made the decision right.
We have been at Cape Haze anchorage for three nights in ideal weather. It's been around 75 during the day, low 60's at night, with the wind subsiding Tuesday afternoon. We have been to the nearby beach the last two days, adding to our sharks' teeth collection and enjoying the Gulf.
We are heading back yo Burnt Store later today, hoping to capitalize on a sea beeeze and actually put the sails up.

Unconditional Surrender

07 March 2017
On Sunday, after having decided to stay over an extra day, we did go back into town to take advantage of what most boaters crave, ice cream. Never pass up the opportunity. Afterward, we walked by the 30-foot recreation of the photograph showing a couple in New York celebrating the unconditional surrender of Japan near the end of World War II. Amidst the throngs of tourists and honking horns on a nearby street, Patty and I decided to recreate that memorable moment. Look carefully.
On Monday, we left the ball field just after 7:00 am for the seven to eight hour run to Cape Haze. There was a slight breeze at first but it started building and was a steady 20+ knots by noon with one gust to 29. The winds were southerly and we were quite comfortable in the cockpit, particularly with the side curtains down to keep the wind out. Cape Haze is a beautiful anchorage where we are often the only boat there. We will be here a few days before returning to Burnt Store.

Farmer's Market

06 March 2017 | Cape Haze
(Fresh Shrimp On The Grill)

One of our objectives while at Sarasota was to attend the Farmers Market on Saturday, March 4. It is quite the production, taking up about five blocks in downtown Sarasota, easily within walking distance. There is about anything you need from trinkets, clothing, pastries and seafood. In addition to the muffins we purchased for the next morning, Helen purchased a pound of fresh jumbo gulf shrimp for dinner. What a treat. The wind continued to blow from the east/southeast and was to strengthen Sunday to 20-25 knots.

A Change Of Plans

04 March 2017
After reviewing the weather forecast, we have decided to return south Monday morning. The winds have not subsided and, in fact, are to increase Sunday and Sunday night when we were to be anchored on the Manatee River. With winds predicted to be 20 to 25 knots from the east, and with no protection, it would not have been enjoyable.

Perhaps, some may think we are a bit conservative. We know the boat would be fine that is not the issue. Boating is to be enjoyable. When we have to, we can do it. But why do it when you don't have to and have other options. Therefore, we have arranged for another night in Sarasota and will head south Monday morning, back to Cape Haze. There we can spend several days on a nearby beach and also see good friends living on Don Pedro Island. That sounds enjoyable.

Waiting Out The Front In Sarasota

03 March 2017
(Sarasota From The Ball)
We left burnt store marina as planned and headed to Cape Haze for the night. The weather was perfect the three-hour journey, except for the wind, which was right on our nose. It seems that whenever you have a destination in a sailboat, the wind, if any, is on the nose.

The next morning, March 2, we left the anchorage early for the seven-hour trip north to the Sarasota area. It was another beautiful day and wind was not an issue as we were motoring up the ICW. With about two hours remaining, NOAA issued a Small Craft Advisory warning of 20+ knot winds that afternoon. Seeing a threatening line of clouds approaching and assuming the northerly front was arriving early, we decided to forego the Otter Key anchorage and go directly to Marina Jack's mooring ball field a day early.

The anchorage would have offered excellent protection for the night, but the trip to the ball field the next morning may have been a challenge. As it turned out, the weather was fine and Patty did an excellent job at the helm while I picked up the ball.

We will be in Sarasota until Monday morning. Right now, as of Friday afternoon, the wind, although gusty, is around 15 knots out of the east. It is predicted to be more, but, as you learn in boating, weather forecasting is an inexact science.

Burnt Store Marina

01 March 2017 | Burnt Store Marina
As planned, we are heading out this afternoon. Patty's sister arrived yesterday and we have been loading the boat with provisions, clothing, and all the other items you might need, especially the Soda Stream for tonic. Before we moved off the boat in 2011, this process was much simpler. Since 2011, we have slowly removing items that we need to put back on now. The weather remains very good for the next couple of weeks. Our anticipated route will be Cape Haze anchorage, where we have stayed in excess of 100 nights, Otter Key anchorage near Sarasota, then 2 nights on a mooring ball at Marina Jacks in Sarasota for a northerly to come through, a night on the Manatee River, then 2 nights at St. Pete Marina. We will then follow the same route back, excluding the 2 nights on the mooring ball.

And, The raw water pump issue has been addressed. Our mechanic came on short notice and completed the installation. It helps to be on the "A" list.
Vessel Name: Two If By Sea
Vessel Make/Model: 1998 Catalina 36 Mk II
Hailing Port: Punta Gorda, Florida
Crew: Patty and David Power
Patty and David moved to Palmetto, Florida from Colorado in 2002. [...]
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Who: Patty and David Power
Port: Punta Gorda, Florida