20 February 2020 | C J's on the bay in the esplanade
19 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay - still
19 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay - still
18 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay - still
17 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay AGAIN
13 February 2020 | Some housing canal on Marco Island (south)
10 February 2020 | still Maco but this may show a different location
08 February 2020 | Smokehouse cove Marco Island Florida
07 February 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
04 February 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
31 January 2020 | Mooring ball #58 fort myers beach
30 January 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
29 January 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
28 January 2020 | 1/2 way to fort myers beach
27 January 2020 | Pelican bay
26 January 2020 | Cayo costa island / Pelican Bay
25 January 2020 | Punta Gorda Anchorage
24 January 2020 | Punta Gorda Anchorage
23 January 2020 | Cattle Dock Charlotte Harbour
22 January 2020 | Somewhere new in the canals

Went to the real Marco Island

20 February 2020 | C J's on the bay in the esplanade
Don Winchell
We passed it a dozen times but never went to the real marco center. Some boaters invited us out so we went over. Some form of perfect world. Some form.

80% old and older people.
Music on friday nights, expensive food. Nice enough. Boats arriving with people in evening wear.

Otherwise we did our usual provisioning, NAPA, was West Marine, Winn Dixie, Beals and sweet Annies, oh also mexican lunch. Looks like we will be here till Sunday. I think we both are ready to leave Marco, and civilization, for a while.

A few days ago, picture by Julie

19 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay - still
Don Winchell | Hot and hot, not breeze this morning, but a little now
The picture was taken at the entrance to Marco by Julie the day we came back for repairs.

Got part and finished steering replacement


The Gemini twins left after the ladies visited our boat to see Sara's esthetic upgrades.


Got Sara's office back together and she spent most of the day in there.


Did a prototype of a venting system for the refrigerator.


Got axiom and wind vane replacement operational and all talking with each other (Garmin depth, wind, heading,) over n2k. Was able to get n2k drop cable at west marine, and racor element, but fitting did not arrive yet.


Listen to YMCA again tonight as the tour boats came by.


Got the cockpit 90% cleaned up.


It seems we are on our own again and we have not even seen uncle Jack for a few days.


Tomorrow could be a good day to travel, but we probably are not ready.  Then fri sat loom like fairly high winds and cooler temps.

A few days ago, picture by Julie

19 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay - still
Don Winchell | Hot and hot, not breeze this morning, but a little now
The picture was taken at the entrance to Marco by Julie the day we came back for repairs.

Got part and finished steering replacement


The Gemini twins left after the ladies visited our boat to see Sara's esthetic upgrades.


Got Sara's office back together and she spent most of the day in there.


Did a prototype of a venting system for the refrigerator.


Got axiom and wind vane replacement operational and all talking with each other (Garmin depth, wind, heading,) over n2k. Was able to get n2k drop cable at west marine, and racor element, but fitting did not arrive yet.


Listen to YMCA again tonight as the tour boats came by.


Got the cockpit 90% cleaned up.


It seems we are on our own again and we have not even seen uncle Jack for a few days.


Tomorrow could be a good day to travel, but we probably are not ready.  Then fri sat loom like fairly high winds and cooler temps.

It's nice to be able to steer

18 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay - still
Don Winchell | Hot, mostly settled but a few gusts
We finished the steering cable replacement today, except for the part we don't have. But we have things centered and balanced. If it is indeed the right part it should only take about a 1/2 hour to put in. Then we will be ready to roll, or float, down the coast.

Been hot, high 80s or near 30 C for you Canadian readers.
We picked up a chart plotter today at west marine, like we had on our old boat. I has current charts and detailed charts, so we won't be sailing on land any more (we hope). Also got new fuel filter, jib lines and line for the bridal.

Sara got more fashionable clothing and we did not have ice cream while in town. Looks like we will visit the other two r
rafted Geminis next door.

So we should be heading south again, Thursday or Friday.

Steering repair / replacement

17 February 2020 | Marco island, smokehouse bay AGAIN
Don Winchell | Hot ~ no rain! you would think we were in Florida
Now there's a great picture, eh? Not!
Well this is the part i dropped into the ocean just to make life interesting and to spend about 8 hours trying to find that little half round thingy on the end of the bolt.
I can not even find out what it is called. But thanks to the good people on the Gemini form, i found a replacement!

Wow! So Jack, brought us some wrenches yesterday and insisted that we dump our old cables and other trash from the job at his dock.

Bud and Jenn of Sea Quest showed up today in Marco along with Links and crew ` two other Geminis, and we heard that Tony and Julie are now safely in Marathon, via indian key and snake river.

We have all the cables routed, connected and tested and i need to hook up the linkage tomorrow. The new control arm should be in Wednesday, and we should be back underway Thursday... i better check the weather.

One more day of dirty work, then put the boat back together. Went to Naples today via uber. Sounds like uber is not a fantastic deal for the drivers, at least in Florida. We hear it can be pretty good in big cities.

Amazon hub! Finally got a delivery, but even so they never told us one shipment was ready, we were ready to abandon it, but it was there, but no notification.

Definition: cruising- fixing things in exotic places

13 February 2020 | Some housing canal on Marco Island (south)
Don Winchell | Light southerlys
Probably a good thing the winds did not cooperate. We may have been in the Everglades if they did.

Today we discovered:
- our new wind instrument stopped working (west marine is going to replace it)

- our steering cable broke. Could have been to could be very serious to catastrophic. We are getting a new one shipped tomorrow. So it looks like we will not get to the glades for a few days yet.

- people continue to be very helpful.
Some local boaters showed us a good anchorage after they saw us hunting for one.
The local marina guy says it is OK to land our dinghy to get uber to get parts.
Good Ol Jack Jamieson let us fill our water tanks at his house.
Current an past Gemini owners keep coming by to give us tips.

Turns out we could tack one way but not the other.

Fast times on a Gemini, getting lazy and keeping busy

10 February 2020 | still Maco but this may show a different location
Don Winchell | Nights are no longer cool to cold, but comfortable.
This a picture of leaving Fort Myers Beach mooring field. full moon, LOW tide, and it has been low for a few days. Still, the picture thing is tough, I tried putting some in the gallery, but that seems fraught with problems also. Also sticking my head in a computer is the last thing (well almost last thing) I want to be doing and am still doing a bunch of it for various reasons.

Left FMB on Saturday and I think today is Monday. But we did get here on Saturday. Nice place many many many-million-dollar houses and condos and hotels surround the bay we are in, but it is a big bay and very quiet overall. There is a dock at the grocery store and a dingy landing at restaurant-ally. Overall very nice, secure, comfortable and cozy. Arrrr! well, hmmm.

We plan to Uber to pick up some stuff from an Amazon Hub-Locker location. another new adventure. Sara gets new shoes, I just get more boat stuff.

We made it to Marco. Two hops from our week's stay in fort Myers beach, but we did it in one hop! The boat sails way faster than we are used to. we were averaging 5 to 6.2 knots and were hitting 7.2 knots in 15 to 18 knot breeze with a Genoa and a double-reefed main!

we are still doing doing doing, but the pace is slowing. Met a guy today who has a house in Marco, two boats and one is a Gemini. So he came over to say hello, offered us his dock, his showers, his bicycles or his car if we need it. These "boat people" are a different breed. Brand-loyalty seems to take on a whole different meaning.


We may be here one or two more nights. Still ordering things, but who knows. Next stop THE EVERGLADES. we think we saw an alligator near the Winn Dixie but also found out we should have cell coverage for about 60% of our Everglades stops. We really should be in the Keys by mid to late February. We are starting to get the hang of it, but Sara is still trying to get her final year-end stuff done, and we are still fitting out the boat the way we want it and also the way it should be. finding out the PO was really less than, shall we say, candid. OK, let's just say he was pretty deceptive. But hey, we are living on a boat in Florida in the winter and meeting some really great people.

Pirates and Marco Island Florida

08 February 2020 | Smokehouse cove Marco Island Florida
Don Winchell | Cold in the morning, warm later NE 9 to 13 w gusts to 20
It is astounding how many wealthy people there are, truly astounding! - Marco

Oh, the "pirate boat that has been our neighbor in fort myers beach

OK , so which picture to use? Some days i get many pictures but this blog program makes it very difficult to include more than one in a post. So i will be putting more in the galley.

Let go the mooring at 7 AM with plans to go about 22 mils to doctors pass, but ah, the winds were fair (more than fair for a while) and mostly at our backs so we pushed on the Marco Island for a total of about 35 miles today, 90% under sail. We were averaging between 5 and 6.5 with many times hitting 7.2 and better.

The boat, she sails well.

Heading South!

07 February 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
Don Winchell | Cool, very wet and WILD last night
We plan to leave the lovely town of fort myers beach in the morning.
Took the boat to Moss for fuel and water and brought it back to the mooring. Had a social with dennis and doris of Majic and the terrapin gang, all safe cove-ers.

Changed the final diesel filter today, mounted and wired the solar controller (it has just been sitting on the counter). Solar output seems good. Tidyed up a bunch of things, took motor off and raised the dingy, ready to sail south.

Terrapin and sea quest and us all leave tomorrow for "south". Magic will leave next week, overnight to Key West.

Let's see how she sails, eh?

Turtles, mexican, haircuts, solar, the beach, outboards, boat friends

04 February 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
Don Winchell | Lovely
Ok, been a busy few days; getting billable work done, installing solar panels, our torqeedo electric motor died, our evenrude 8 hp that came with the boat started up! We have been using it for three days, then it would not start today.
Rowed back to the mother ship after an afternoon of getting a haircut at a place that served beer while you wait. We both got haircuts after having mexican food Mr. Tequila with Tony and Julie. Then looked at turtles, giant coy and vultures, then went to the beach and watched para sailers and jet skis and perfectly tanned perfect bodies. Got hardware and yes, ice cream!

That was all today. Yesterday we had a social on another Gemini with Bud and Jenn. Another Gemini pulled in yesterday. It looks like a gaggle of us will be leaving on saturday.

Sara says she is almost done with client work and our property sale is supposed to close tomorrow. Whew.

Maybe more tomorrow.

Kind of a shitty day

31 January 2020 | Mooring ball #58 fort myers beach
Don Winchell | Raining, real rain and lightening
So, did get some work done, then had another snag on this property sale. Too, too, too absurd to even try to describe. Let's just say it involved lawyers.

Took the afternoon off, Sara went shopping, we went to the hardware store that also sells ice cream and apparently shit, also. All kinds of shit. See picture.

We did buy some hose to replace the rest of the bad water filter hose, it only took about 15 minutes to replace it. Did an extra meditation session, cleaned the dashboard and helped sara find a new purse/day-pack on Amazon, did more solar panel research, listened to the rain on the roof.

Engine maintenance

30 January 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
Don Winchell | Comfortable
Got the oil filter changed. Examined changing the fuel filters but did not dive in. Had some client work to do. But did finish installing the wind instrument. Now i will not only know which way the wind is blowing, but how fast.

Sara got some bookkeeping work done and is getting close to finishing for this cycle.

Went to fort myers beach each. Met Tony and Julie for ice crean, a walk on the beach and a ride on the free town bus. Rally a very nice and civilised town.

Suppose to rain tomorrow so we will do more work work and maybe make oat-cakes.

I did not hear from the solar company so may have to figure it out for myself.

Pelicans

29 January 2020 | Fort myers beach mooring field
Don Winchell | Staring to rain
Pelicans at chino island

Unexpected events

28 January 2020 | 1/2 way to fort myers beach
Don Winchell | Nice
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Vessel Name: Knot Duality
Vessel Make/Model: 2001 Gemini catamaran, hull #710, draft 2', air-draft 46'
Hailing Port: Lunenburg Nova Scotia Canada
Crew: Don & Sara Winchell
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In our 60's, been married to each other since 1979, sailing boats since the late 1980s. Started on Lake Champlain with a MacGregor 22, and took it to Nova Scotia with us. The MacGregor was a little small for the Atlantic, so we got a "Snowbird", 30-foot steel hulled Junk rig. [...]
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