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

Storm Layover in Bluewater Bay

27 May 2017 | Bluewater Bay Marina Sunset
Thursday, May 11- Friday, May 12th

Normally, our next homeward leg out of Panama City terminates in an anchorage in Destin Harbor. As a change-up, we decided to layover in Baytowne Marina at Sandestin on the south shore of Choctawhatchee Bay. Although a bit pricey ($3.00 per foot/night), we had moored there on two previous occasions and enjoyed the convenience, the setting and the restaurant at the end of the pier. However, our call for reservations revealed that only porta potti's rather than bathrooms were available due to remolding work underway at the Marina. Such accommodations at those prices were out of the question, so we decided to moor at Bluewater Bay Marina on the north shore of Choctawhatchee Bay. We had moored at this marina last Spring and enjoyed their accommodations which included a reasonably good restaurant. Although we lost a bit of "ground" by diverting northerly to the marina, which we would have to make up the following day, we had traveled further westward than originally planned.

The entrance to the marina was well marked allowing us to proceed to our assigned slip on the transient t-dock without a problem. Docking was complicated by wind which was blowing us away rather than towards the pier plus a late arriving and somewhat inexperienced dock hand. Given these circumstances, the mooring did not go as smoothly as desired but nevertheless was achieved. We are still in somewhat of a learning mode with this boat, particularly with respect to mooring the boat in such wind conditions. We understand what needs to be done but have not completely worked out the timing and coordination. We will get better!

Whereas we only anticipated an overnight stay at Bluewater Bay both Gerry and I were monitoring the weather forecast along our anticipated track west of our current location. We jointly concluded that the severe thunderstorms forecast to the areas west of us and moving east over the following day posed too great a hazard to proceed home as planned. So we decided to delay a day before proceeding to our homeport. To ensure our dock mooring was secure, we added several mooring lines and reconfigured our fenders. Late that afternoon, the outer bands of the thunderstorms passed over the marina but let up enough for us to get to the restaurant where Gerry and I ordered yet another cup of New England clam chowder- maybe the best we had during the cruise.
Luckily, the rain held off until after we finished dinner and got back on the boat for the night. The plan for the next day's rather long leg of approximately 62 nm was a 7 am departure with Gerry and I trading off at the helm for breakfast while underway. But first there was the matter of the final Skip-Bo game between me and the gulls, a game which I managed to win with a last minute rally! (RKS)
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Vessel Name: Seahawk
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105 Mc
Hailing Port: Lillian, AL
Crew: Jean and Gerry; Sara and Roger
About:
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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