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

Apalachicola to Carrabelle Via ICW

19 January 2008 | Moorings Marina in Carrabelle
GLR/Overcast with light rain
Friday, 1/18/2008 - After a comfortable night at the Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola, our intrepid crew awakened to a cold, overcast day with little wind. Breakfast and morning routine were at a leisurely pace since the leg to Carrabelle is only 26 nm. Underway at 1020, we proceeded to the well-marked channel across Apalachicola Bay and encountered a suction dredge working in the main channel. The channel is narrow, but we managed to ease around his port side without incident. The current of around two kts. became a factor when we passed a green can close aboard to starboard and noticed depth had dropped to 5ft.: all stop and hard to port to recover the main channel. Obviously, we were being set hard to the East without much indication.

As cold, overcast days go, the rest of the leg was uneventful. Nevertheless the "Gulls" were huddled in the Main Salon the entire trip. Lunch was a tuna salad highlight of the day, surpassed only by the grilled oysters at Pirate's restaurant in Carrabelle. We arrived at the fuel pier at 1500, having averaged 5.9 kts even though the wind was on the nose the entire leg and even motor-sailing was not possible.

An engine oil check caused us to notice the water pump and alternator drive belts were wearing more rapidly than we anticipated. We have two new sets on board so tomorrow we will replace engine belts while we await a good weather window to make our first blue-water crossing, from East Pass to Clearwater. (GLR)

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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