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

Grounded but...

04 February 2008 | 'Tween Waters Inn and Marina
Day 22 - Friday, 2-1-08 - Venice to North Captiva Island - Inside

We decided to spend the day inside since the wind was dead on the pointy end and Sara was still a little "stove up" from her fall. In our haste to get underway at 0800 the Captain-of-the-Day (COD) did not check the chart, assumed he had the channel memorized, and promptly ran aground. No real problem as his fearless and highly knowledgeable crew immediately manned the port rail and, with the help of the little engine that could, plowed the bulb keel through the sandbar back whence we came into good water. The rest of the trip to Captiva Island was uneventful. Florida Bridge Tenders along this section of the ICW were most helpful giving us the name of the next bridge and being generally accommodating. Bridge names are very helpful because they are not on the charts and often are not "intuitive". The Crow's Nest Marina in Venice had given us the bridge names as well in their "welcome aboard" package, so we were fully armed with bridge information.

One item of note was when a Florida Wildlife and Fisheries patrol vessel came alongside and wanted to know why we were not displaying a Florida registration decal. When we explained we were a Coast Guard Documented vessel from Alabama, he then wanted to know how long we would be in Florida waters. We responded we were headed to the Bahamas and were leaving Florida waters as soon as possible. That seemed to satisfy him and he wished us a "nice day" and departed. I guess Florida vessels are required to display the decal whether documented or not.

On arrival at the 'Tween Waters Inn and Marina on North Captiva Island at around 1615 hours, the crew departed for the beach and the COD remained aboard to lick his wounds and raid the liquor locker to "splice the mainbrace", which badly needed it! (GLR)
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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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