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Tween Waters getaway

The dog days of summer are almost over — we’ll not exactly. But for our grandsons, it’s back-to-school next week. So any excuse to get out of the marina, we decided a mini-vacation was in order. We left on Friday morning, August 2, for a weekend with family and friends at Tween Waters Resort and […]

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Relaxing on the bow of Island Time

Merwin Key weekend

After weeks on the docks, we were ready to escape to one of our favorite anchorages for the weekend. Merwin Key is a small island just off Pine Island and Sanibel Island. It’s mostly mangrove so it isn’t a place you can land a dinghy, but it’s a beautiful, peaceful spot with good wind protection […]

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Dolphin in air

Dolphins, dolphins and more dolphins

One of the great advantages of a trawler is that they seem to attract dolphins.  The combination of the hull design (displacement or semi-displacement) and speed (we usually cruise 6-8 knots, i.e. 7-9 mph) seem to attract dolphins to ride in our wake.  We often see a pod of dolphins that will move directly toward […]

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Pirate ship "Pieces of Eight"

Fort Myers Beach

One of our favorite places that is close to home is Fort Myers Beach. So on Saturday, March 23, we headed out for the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field for a badly needed rest from “boat projects”. It was a nice day but got a little choppy as we crossed from the Sanibel Bridge to Matanzas Pass.  There are […]

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Sunset at Franklin Lock Jan 2013

Franklin Locks again!

Franklin Locks is a great weekend getaway. Since our grandsons, Jackson and Ryan, had a day off from school, Steve, the boys, Tracy and I decided to make it a special weekend at Franklin Locks… and we were not disappointed. Joining us for the trip were Herb and Maryanne on Sorry Kids. The weather was […]

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Franklin Lock - dock

Thanksgiving Weekend – Franklin Locks

After a big Thanksgiving feast, we left on Friday for Franklin Locks for a “getaway weekend”. Franklin Locks is the first lock on the Caloosahatchee east of Fort Myers on the way to Lake Okeechobee. The Corps of Engineers operates a park there which includes boat slips. It’s a great place to get away and […]

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Rafting up at Cayo Costa

Memorial Day Weekend at Cayo Costa

  One of our favorite anchorages is in Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa. Joining us for the holiday weekend was Tracy, Jack and Ryan on our boat, Kim, Randy and Corey on Blue Turtle, Nick and Holly on Knot Bad, Carol and Rich on Slowin’ Down.       Sundown is a special time to […]

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Big Truck! We reserved a smaller one but this is what they gave us.

Island Time comes home to Cape Coral

After closing on the purchase of the Marine Trader, we left Cape Coral on April 9th in a small Budget rental truck, loaded it with tools, boat equipment and everything we’d need to live on the boat for about 10 days till we were able to bring her home.  The boat was lying in Key […]

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