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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

A night of sweating ports

31 January 2009 | Fort Lauderdale, FL N26*07.132 W80*04.357
60 degrees, windy, partly sunny
How cold was it last night? So cold we had sweating ports again. It got down to 40 so I had to wipe away the moisture on the windows to see outside again this morning. With this crazy weather coming from the north, I hope Elaine makes it down to Florida okay - they were supposed to be driving down and I think they had to pass through some ice storms to get here. See? All us Michiganders have cold weather following us down to Florida! It was a good morning to have Oatmeal and toast for breakfast then we kicked back a little before heading into town via the bus system. There was a boat store Wayne wanted to visit called "Sailor Man" - kind of a unique place. It's a part consignment, part new, part used items, store. It reminded me of a place called Uncle TB's back home except this place was tailored to all things nautical where Uncle TBs was anything - you never knew what you'd find there. Sailor Man was a pretty neat place and had a little of everything from ropes and chains to refrigeration units and nuts & bolts. We went to the West Marine and OMG it was the biggest one I've ever seen. They had everything there. Then we walked over to the shopping center to CVS and Publix and the shopping center was massive!

We got a good walk in today! I'm not used to all the car traffic - they have massive amounts of traffic here and some crazy drivers that like to honk their horns a lot (like it helps when everyone is sitting in a traffic jam due to an accident). I'm glad we're not driving here! It reminds me of New York traffic near the airport. Fort Lauderdale is a "hopping" place - very popular!

Spirit is moored a couple boats down from us - we ran into them when we were tying up at the dinghy dock and "Knot For Shore" was at the dinghy dock too. We chatted with them for a little - they're anchored back at the last river where the kids pulled off (the young lovers heading for the Bahamas to get married). It was nice to get to meet them - they're heading down for the Keys (Marathon) and like us - this is their first sailboat. They've now been living aboard for three years and this is their first trip down here too. We've both been discovering that the charts aren't the most accurate - depth wise.

The temperature is dropping again this evening - poor Wayne is shivering while grilling the chicken up top. It's supposed to be cold again tonight - all these record temperatures my goodness...

This mooring field that we're in belongs to the Las Olas Marina. The mooring field is primarily for small to med. sized vessels and the marina itself is designed primarily for the "mega yacht" class vessels (the slips there have their own parking slips and attendants, and other incredible amenities!).
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson