The Adventures of Mighty Fine....come along for the Ride!

Back South to Marathon for the Winter!

26 November 2019 | Palm Coast Fl
26 November 2019 | Palm Coast Fl
11 November 2019 | Rivers Edge Marina, St Augustine Fl
02 November 2019 | Lady's Island Marina, Beaufort SC
29 October 2019 | Osprey Marina
20 August 2019 | New Haven Vt
23 April 2019 | Rivers Edge Marina
23 April 2019 | Rivers Edge Marina
11 April 2019 | Sunset Bay Marina
30 March 2019 | Marathon Fl Sombrero Dockside Marina
21 December 2018 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon Florida
28 November 2018 | Vero Beach City Marina
09 November 2018 | Rivers Edge Marina, St Augustine
05 November 2018 | Brunswick Landing Marina
02 November 2018 | Ladys Island Marina
29 October 2018 | Georgetown, SC
27 July 2018 | New Haven Vt, Rivers Bend Campground
04 May 2018 | Osprey Marina, Myrtle Beach
30 April 2018 | Georgetown, Harbor Walk Marina.
26 April 2018 | Isle of Hope, Savannah Ga.

Update time....St Augustine and Palm Coast

26 November 2019 | Palm Coast Fl
Craig Lewis | Clear 70
Time flies...it goes faster and faster the older I get. I think Einstein had some theory about that but I aint no Einstein so we will leave it at that. The last couple of weeks were spent playing in St Augustine and then an eventual move to Palm Coast last Monday, yesterday. We spent a lot of time with Kath and Dan Craig at their house playing darts and eating lots of food. There may have been some alcohol consumed too! Dan and I were involved in a titanic dart series which is now best of 11 because I trail 3 games to 5. ( I already lost 2 out of 3, best of 5, and best of 7 and 9.) So best of 11 it is! Next time Dan, next time! Dan and Kath were truly great to us as they loaned us their truck to go shopping and take care of medical stuff. You guys are the best! Speaking of Medical stuff, Donna had her kidney stone stent removed without incedent thank goodness! The kidney stone episode is over! The pinched nerve in the neck continues...sadly. Ibuprofin is her friend. Hopefully it gets better soon like the Dr said it would....seems way worse in the morning vs the rest of the day. New pillow needed? Very strange....anyway she has been a trooper on the trip having to deal with this literal pain in the neck( and shoulder). While in St A we saw Bruce and Claudette from Summer Wind fame. They had come from St Marys Boat yard like us but in much colder weather. We saw some low 49's last week at night. Still 60's and 70's in the day time though. We went with them and Kath and Dan to Pizza Alley to get 2 for 1 beers and a free slice! What a deal! One of our St A favs! A good time was had by all although I need to relate a strange story....I think I may have some strange phsycic powers! This is not a happy story but it is bizarre. Here goes. Bruce and Claudette are thinking of selling their boat. Last spring when they were moored in Ft Lauderdale on their way north a guy started yelling at them from the bridge. Turns out he loved their boat Summer Wind, a 42 ft Hunter in immaculate shape. Well they met up and the guy said he might like to buy it in the fall....this fall. They stayed in touch through the summer and all wad looking positive. So at dinner Bruce says they hadn't heard from him in awhile but they were still going to Lauderdale to see if he was still interested. So this is where the weird part starts. They said he wad a screenwriter and I thought I knew him. Something maybe google his name and I blurted out he had just died 3 weeks ago! They all thought I was kidding but I wasnt...The looks on Bruce and Claudettes faces were just stunned disbelief. The guy was only 47. We checked the obituary and it wad him for sure.....very very strange. Now they know why he hadn't returned any calls lately. Why I looked him up at that point I dont know....a sixth sense maybe. So now they will continue to Marathon for the winter which we are glad about but we cant be to happy based on the circumstances... So after that nights excitement.....the next event was the Night of Lights where the city lights up 3 million bulbs in the park downtown. We met Kath and Dan and Bruce and Claudette and watched the show. They always have a broadway style Christmas show in the Park gazebo. Professional orchestra and all. Always a way to get into the Christmas spirit! St A is just a cool town with almost 500 years of history! Nothing like it in the US. Sunday was a day of rest as well as getting ready to travel which involves starting engines, updating navigation tablets and just getting things secure. For Donna, its doing laundry! Monday we headed out on a calm cool morning for the 3 hour trip to Palm Coast Marina, another favorite stop. Tom and Marti Benz who we have known for 24 years via Point Bay Marina in Vt, have a house here and as in the past, have asked us to Thanks Giving Dinner Thursday. Marti is an amazing cook and we cant wait for the big day. Tom met us after we tied up and we went out to lunch after Marti showed up in the parking lot coming from work. Always good to hear what they and their family has been up to. They are both super generous folks who always are so nice to us. Ex....they loan us a car while we are here to go shopping and stuff. We always look forward to this leg if the trip. From here we will head to Vero Beach over the course of 3 days and see other friends waiting for us there like Gellatto for example. We will stay there for a week and then move to Stuart for another week before our final move to Marathon. Thats all for now....

Fair winds and calm Seas

Update time....St Augustine and Palm Coast

26 November 2019 | Palm Coast Fl
Craig Lewis | Clear 70
Time flies...it goes faster and faster the older I get. I think Einstein had some theory about that but I aint no Einstein so we will leave it at that. The last couple of weeks were spent playing in St Augustine and then an eventual move to Palm Coast last Monday, yesterday. We spent a lot of time with Kath and Dan Craig at their house playing darts and eating lots of food. There may have been some alcohol consumed too! Dan and I were involved in a titanic dart series which is now best of 11 because I trail 3 games to 5. ( I already lost 2 out of 3, best of 5, and best of 7 and 9.) So best of 11 it is! Next time Dan, next time! Dan and Kath were truly great to us as they loaned us their truck to go shopping and take care of medical stuff. You guys are the best! Speaking of Medical stuff, Donna had her kidney stone stent removed without incedent thank goodness! The kidney stone episode is over! The pinched nerve in the neck continues...sadly. Ibuprofin is her friend. Hopefully it gets better soon like the Dr said it would....seems way worse in the morning vs the rest of the day. New pillow needed? Very strange....anyway she has been a trooper on the trip having to deal with this literal pain in the neck( and shoulder). While in St A we saw Bruce and Claudette from Summer Wind fame. They had come from St Marys Boat yard like us but in much colder weather. We saw some low 49's last week at night. Still 60's and 70's in the day time though. We went with them and Kath and Dan to Pizza Alley to get 2 for 1 beers and a free slice! What a deal! One of our St A favs! A good time was had by all although I need to relate a strange story....I think I may have some strange phsycic powers! This is not a happy story but it is bizarre. Here goes. Bruce and Claudette are thinking of selling their boat. Last spring when they were moored in Ft Lauderdale on their way north a guy started yelling at them from the bridge. Turns out he loved their boat Summer Wind, a 42 ft Hunter in immaculate shape. Well they met up and the guy said he might like to buy it in the fall....this fall. They stayed in touch through the summer and all wad looking positive. So at dinner Bruce says they hadn't heard from him in awhile but they were still going to Lauderdale to see if he was still interested. So this is where the weird part starts. They said he wad a screenwriter and I thought I knew him. Something maybe google his name and I blurted out he had just died 3 weeks ago! They all thought I was kidding but I wasnt...The looks on Bruce and Claudettes faces were just stunned disbelief. The guy was only 47. We checked the obituary and it wad him for sure.....very very strange. Now they know why he hadn't returned any calls lately. Why I looked him up at that point I dont know....a sixth sense maybe. So now they will continue to Marathon for the winter which we are glad about but we cant be to happy based on the circumstances... So after that nights excitement.....the next event was the Night of Lights where the city lights up 3 million bulbs in the park downtown. We met Kath and Dan and Bruce and Claudette and watched the show. They always have a broadway style Christmas show in the Park gazebo. Professional orchestra and all. Always a way to get into the Christmas spirit! St A is just a cool town with almost 500 years of history! Nothing like it in the US. Sunday was a day of rest as well as getting ready to travel which involves starting engines, updating navigation tablets and just getting things secure. For Donna, its doing laundry! Monday we headed out on a calm cool morning for the 3 hour trip to Palm Coast Marina, another favorite stop. Tom and Marti Benz who we have known for 24 years via Point Bay Marina in Vt, have a house here and as in the past, have asked us to Thanks Giving Dinner Thursday. Marti is an amazing cook and we cant wait for the big day. Tom met us after we tied up and we went out to lunch after Marti showed up in the parking lot coming from work. Always good to hear what they and their family has been up to. They are both super generous folks who always are so nice to us. Ex....they loan us a car while we are here to go shopping and stuff. We always look forward to this leg if the trip. From here we will head to Vero Beach over the course of 3 days and see other friends waiting for us there like Gellatto for example. We will stay there for a week and then move to Stuart for another week before our final move to Marathon. Thats all for now....

Fair winds and calm Seas

St Augustine Time Again!

11 November 2019 | Rivers Edge Marina, St Augustine Fl
Craig Lewis | 75 and sunny
Well 9 days have gone by and we have a lot of catching up folks! After Beaufort we headed to Savannah and Thunderbolt Marina. Free Krispy Kremes every morning! Put on some fuel and a pump out so we would be good to go next morning on our way through the Georgia grasslands. Now that Hell Gate has been dredged, its not necessary to time your departure for high tide! We went through at low and saw nothing less than 12 ft...used to be 3ft! We were going to stop halfway but we were making such good time, we decided to keep going to St Simons Island....for a 90 mile day. We arrived in Hawkins Creek around 4:30 found a place to anchor after 2 tries..took Dylan to shore at the public launch. He was very happy! The next morning we went through Jekyl Creek at newly dredged low tide and saw nothing less than 8 ft.....used to be 3 ft! Seeing a pattern, dredging operations are the most we've ever seen on the ICW in 7 years! It was cold and rainy as we went through St Andrews Sound trying a newly discovered path that doesn't take you out into the Ocean and massive swells on windy days! It worked very well and we saw no big waves and just a little roll...much better. No white knuckling for the crew this time! I did forget to mention that we passed a huge car carrier Cargo Ship on it's side with 4200 Kia autos on board. She ran aground and tipped over 2 months ago and a decision has been made to cut her up in place rather than try to refloat her. An amazing site for sure. Anyway we continued on to ST Mary's Service Yard run by Rocky Smith....a great guy! We needed to be hauled out and put on the hard for a few days and this was the place. It is a great do it yourself yard! Great prices and very accommodating! We had to time our arrival for high tide because it gets very shallow at the UDock where boats are lifted by a crane and taken to a spot in the yard to be blocked up and supported. Rocky knows his stuff and Mighty Fine was lifted out around 3:15pm and taken to an open spot. We were able to plug in and live on the boat for the next 3 days while I painted the bottom...hopefully for the last time! And then waxed the hull on Thursday....needless to say, I'm a little sore! Thursday night Rocky put us in the cranes slings to get an early start Friday morning. Well it was raining cats and dogs Fri morning but we were determined to get to St Augustine, 74 miles away Friday afternoon. Some windy weather was coming for a couple of days and we didnt want to get stuck in Jacksonville. So Rocky lowered us into the water and we were off. It rained off and on all day but the north wind was at our back so we got a push all day....the bad news was we fought current most of the day and a 2:30 arrival at Rivers Edge Marina became a 4:00 pm arrival. One of the reasons we needed to get to St A was Donna woke up with tremendous pain in her upper arm Friday morning. We had no idea what was going on because she didnt remember stressing it. Mighty Fine needed to get to the emergency room in St A as she needed to find out what was going on. Been a tough trip for her so far! When we arrived in St A the wind was honking and 2 attempts at backing in to our slip failed so we went in frontwards! Our friends Dan and Kath Craig greeted us at the dock and helped the dockhands get us tied up. Kath and Dan loaned us their truck and off to the Emergency we went. We waited for an hour and finally saw a Dr. He decided to xray her neck and shoulder. The good news was no heart issue, the bad news was a pinched nerve in her neck. We were both relieved! After getting a high dose of Ibuprofen and some steroids, she has gotten better every day! Thank God it wasn't worse! We got back to the boat around 10 and Donna was able to get a good nights sleep! The next day Kath and Dan loaned us their truck again to food shop and let us get settled in. Then they invited us to dinner for some fabulous pasta at their gorgeous house near by. Yesterday I went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch my pathetic Giants lose again! But once again, Kath and Dan invited us for a cook out with our old boating friends Joy and Ivan who were visiting from NC. We had a great time reliving old times and many laughs were had! Especially about the Georgetown Bahamas days where we all first met. Thanks again Kath and Dan...you are the best! Today was fix the leaky toilet day...there is always something on a boat. Turns out the pump on the toilet has a bad seal so $220.00 later a new pump is on order! Donna went in to town to see some second hand stores so you know she is feeling better! We will be here for 2 weeks at least...Donna still needs to have her stent removed from her kidney stone issue so whenever that gets scheduled determines how long we will stay. We do like this area a lot so its a great place to be stuck in! A final note is go see Midway! Great movie with amazing special effects...very appropriate around Veterans Day. Thanks all who have made the sacrifice of military service and especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice!

Fair winds and calm seas

We're Off on Mighty Fines last Adventure

02 November 2019 | Lady's Island Marina, Beaufort SC
Craig Lewis | Cool 68 sunny
So we left Osprey on Wednesday after saying good bye to Larry and Margie on Wanderin L&M. They spend the summer at Osprey and we have a blast doing stuff with them in Myrtle Beach. We will meet up with them again in Stuart on our way to Marathon. Then see them again in Marathon for our final boating winter there.....yup, Mighty Fine will be up for sale in the spring as we move back to land in our new Condo in Myrtle Beach. We can always head back to the Keys in the future in our RV! Thwre are many reasons for our decision....its damn expensive to boat! Donna will need a new hip soon and I will need new knees in the next few years, besides we've done this lifestyle for 7 years....it will be nice to have a little more elbow room! We love the Myrtle Beach area so the decision was made to buy a condo this fall so we could get off the boat and sell her next spring. We can still see a lot of our boating friends as they come through Myrtle Beach on their way north and south every year. More on Mighty Fine and her amazing cruises in later blogs. I certainly have mixed feelings but it seems like the time is right....we aint getting any younger! As an example, many of you know Dinna was dealing with a kidney stone which was surgically removes last Friday before Halloween! It certainly created some anxiety on what would have happened if we were in the middle of nowhere when the unbearable pain hit her on the Tuesday of a week and a half ago! Everything turned out well but the what if's kind of cemented our belief we are doing the right thing. Anyway we left Osprey after fueling up( remember the expense part I was talking about....it costs about $700 to fill Mighty fine for travel at current diesel price of $2.51. Do the math if its $3.50 per gallon. I have to fill up twice to get to Marathon!). We decided to skip Georgetown and anchor out another 30 miles further to make two shorter days to get to Beaufort SC. We found a nice anchorage in Andewaw Creek thanks to Larry who stayed there the night before. We even got Dylan to the beach...which was very buggy! Dylan was happy though...no holding it over night! Lol. We knew some bad weather was coming Thursday night up and down the east coast so we knew we needed to find a good, protected anchorage fir Thursday night. No Marinas were near by after we went through Charleston Harbor so a marina was not an option. We decided on Steamboat Creek which came reccomended from our old friends Mark and Dianna Doyles anchoring guides...still the bible of the ICW as far as We're concerned. The guides are 4 years out of date but still are a valuable resource for wind protectin and services near by. Steamboat had 360 degree wind protection and a boat launch and dock for Dylan! We got there around 4:00 pm and took him to shore which made him very happy.( anchoring out saves us about $60-$80 per night) . The otherthing I had to deal with was a leaky fuel hose on the generator which we discovered the night before when we both smelled diesel inside the boat! Not good! Low and behold the hise had a leak where it was held by a clamp on the engine. The hose looked pretty cracked which probably explains why I had to bleed the engine almost everytime we started it last winter! I Maguivered a temporary fix of using shrink tubes and a clamp so we could at least use it that night. A real fix happened in Beaufort today when I got new hose and replaced the old! Works great now and no leaking diesel!!! So Thursday night the hammets od hell came through around 9 pm....well it really fizzled where we were but we could see a lot of lightening off to the north and lots of rain according to the Wrather Channel. This was the same storm that trashed the northeast. Now I did say it fizzled except for a crazy gust of wind around 10:00 pm when the cold temps came through. The temps dropped 29 degrees in a matter of minutes! The boat shuddered when a 40 mph gust hit us fir a minute or so but fortunately, the anchor held and I don't think Dylan or Donna woke up!. The wind blew steady all night out of the north at 20 mph but we were in a nice protected place and the anchor held all night. When we woke up it was 45 degrees.....brrr from 80 the day before! Winter has come early to the south this year! Even today in Beaufort it is 68 which is cool for this time of the year by 10 to 15 degrees! We arrived hear after a nice tidal push most of the way which gave us an extra kt or two all day...sometimes you get lucky! We hit the dock around 12:45 and were greeted by Mary the Dockmaster at Ladys Island Marina always a favorite stop for us. Mary is terridic and bends over backwards to help you. They even have courtesy car which is held togeher with baling wire but hey, beggars can't be choosers! Arriving on a Friday meant steak nifht at the Fillin' Station dive bar next door! $12 for the best steak you've ever had. The steak fills the plate! A funky place for sure but worth the trip! Today we are just hanging out, doing a little shopping and as I said earlier a little repairing.. Tomorrow we head to Savannah and Thunderbolt Marina and their free Krispy Kreme Donuts in the morning! Then into the Georgia grasslands on Monday and Tuesday. Then on to St Mary's to haul the boat and paint her bottom one last time( a job I wont miss!) Thats all for now except for one last thing. Last night we heard from Jane and Brian from Mar a Lago fame, our first couple of years boat buddies. We truly miss their company as we head down the ICW ad it always seems more fun to share the journey with others. In the past we've travelled with Sweet Freedom, Free to B, Sea Horse and Horizon Chaser for long. distances and it is always more fun. Many of these folks have stopped cruising and we miss their companionship. Thanks Brian and Jane for the reminiscing session last night...you guts are the best. Those first couple of years were truly a wide eyed advenrure! What a blast

Fair Winds and calm seas

The crew of Mighty Fine

On the Road Again

29 October 2019 | Osprey Marina
Craig Lewis | Cloudy tinight
Just a quick note. We shove off tomorrow from Osprey Marina for the final voyages of Mighty Fine....down to Marathon and back one last time. Come along for the voyage! We bought a Condo in Myrtle Beach and thats where we will be, starting next May...all good things must come to an end and another adventure begins!

Cheers, and fair winds,
The crew if Mighty Fine

Back to Myrtle

20 August 2019 | New Haven Vt
Craig Lewis | 85 sunny
Ok folks.....summer is almost over for us in Vt. We're heading back to Osprey Marina in a couple of days so the blog continues!!! Some big decisions being made in Mighty Fine. More to come on that later. We will be at Osprey Marina until late Oct. before we head south to Marathon once again. The crew is seriously thinking of swallowing the anchor next Spring on our spring return to Myrtle Beach. We've decided to buy property in Myrtle Beach and call that our permanent home. There are many reasons but its time for a change to tour inland in our RV in summer and winter and we can't do that and own a boat too. This cruising lifestyle ain't cheap! Anyway we have mixed emotions about what lies ahead but feel like the time is right. The other reason is physically we need some tune ups....I need new knees and Donna needs a new hip and we can't do that and live on the boat. So these will be the last voyages of Mighty Fine....best boat ever! Come along for the ride one more time! ( at least that's the plan for now!
Vessel Name: Mighty Fine
Vessel Make/Model: Mainship 390
Hailing Port: Charlotte, Vt
Crew: Captain's Craig & Donna Lewis & First Mate Dylan the dog
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We have been boating on Lake Champlain for 35 years and now we have retired and are heading to the Florida Keys this winter on our next great adventure. We are full time live aboards now. We will be leaving Pt Bay Marina this Sept.. Dylan the dog is our new first mate. [...]
Extra: We winter in Marathon in the keys and leave the boat in S.C. for the summer. For 3 months we stay on our RV in Vt.....life is good!
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Who: Captain's Craig & Donna Lewis & First Mate Dylan the dog
Port: Charlotte, Vt

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