Seahawk Flies to Naples, FL

The crew of Last Dance will sail her from her home port of Pirates Cove (near Gulf Shores, AL) to the Exumas in the Bahamas and return, January-April 2008.

31 May 2017 | The Wizard of Id aka Retired Commander Ray- not really!
30 May 2017 | The Seahawk crew minus Roger, the photographer
27 May 2017 | Chihuly Glass- St Petersburg, FL, Exhibition
27 May 2017 | Perdido Bay Homeport
27 May 2017 | Bluewater Bay Marina Sunset
27 May 2017 | Cooks Only Restaurant- Panama City Marina
27 May 2017 | Catholic Church, Boca Grande, FL
27 May 2017 | Clearwater Beach Fading in the Distance
29 April 2017 | Seahawk in her Clearwater Beach Marina Perch
29 April 2017 | Sunset at Galati's, Holmes Beach
29 April 2017 | Gasparilla Marina, Placida, FL
29 April 2017 | Temporary Anchorage- Overheating, Uncle Henry's Marina Channel
29 April 2017 | Banyan Tree Archway, Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
28 April 2017 | Houseboat Bar along ICW near San Carlos bay
28 April 2017 | Caloosahatchee River near Ft Mayers
28 April 2017 | Garden at Palm Cottage, Naples, FL
28 April 2017 | Palm Cottage, Naples, FL
28 April 2017 | Naples Pier
21 April 2017 | Sara's Favorite, Edison Estate, Ft Myers, FL
21 April 2017 | Edison's Summer Home, FT Myers, FL

It was an ugly landing but "we walked away"

28 April 2017 | Naples Pier
Ft Meyers to Naples Saturday 4-22-17

We got underway about 0815 without incident and proceeded Westward along the Okeechobee Waterway toward mile 0 where the ICW ( Intra Coastal Waterway ) originates on Florida's West coast. On reaching this point, we continued South through the Sanibel Channel into the Gulf. Conditions were about as expected except the 2-4 foot chop was superimposed on 4-6 foot swells with a period about a boat length apart. This produced
exaggerated pitching and an uncomfortable ride for the next four hours. The wind was as predicted out of the Southeast along our reciprocal course and offered no hope of sailing unless we wanted to bear off and arrive in Naples sometime Sunday.

The gulls took the conditions gamely, ingested the appropriate
medication and soldiered on until we rounded the outer markers at Naples Inlet and lost the 4-6 foot swells. As we motored up the long channel, the sky was darkening over Naples and it looked like we would probably get wet. Our arrival at the fuel pier was about 1530 and in the 30 minutes it took us to refuel and pump out the sanitary tank the rain hit with a vengeance.

In the Naples City Marina office the staff gave us directions to our
berth and we tried to wait out the rain. By now it was past 1600 and quitting time for the staff so with a slight reduction in the rain intensity we went ahead to make our landing. It wasn't pretty! As we rounded the perpendicular pier to where we could see our berth for the first time, the rain returned to deluge intensity, the channel to the berth was barely wider than the length of the boat, the boat moored in the berth across from us was stern to with it's bow anchor stuck out about 10 ft
into the channel, and the wind was setting us on. We tried to get as far to the left as possible to make the right turn into the berth and move as slowly as possible to reduce our turning radius when the wind caught us and pushed the boat into the bow anchor. Major aesthetic damage was averted by an alert deck crew. Roger and Jean pounced on the anchor and fended us off allowing the helmsman to back out and try again. The second try was not pretty either but we managed to slip into the berth that was only 18" wider than the boat with the help of the marina staff and superior deck work by our gallant deck hands, all without any
serious dings on the hull. The helmsman was seriously ready to splice the mainbrace but was forced to drink a cup of hot chocolate first??? It wasn't 1700 yet? Ten minutes later the rain stopped, ****!

Respectfully submitted,
G L Ray, CDR, SS, USNR-Ret.
Vessel Name: Seahawk
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105 Mc
Hailing Port: Lillian, AL
Crew: Jean and Gerry; Sara and Roger
After professional careers in Louisiana, Jean and Gerry retired to build their dream home on the water and pursue a long-held dream of sailing to the islands in the winter and to Nova Scotia in the summer. Sara and Roger both retired from Louisiana State University (Go Tigers!). [...]
Extra: Seahawk is moored in picturesque Perdido Bay near the community of Lillian, AL. The foursome previously co-owned Last Dance, a Beneteau Oceanis 321 which they sailed to the Exumas of the Bahamas in 2008. That cruise lasted 3 months and covered 2000 nm.
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