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Ibex is important for the Marine Trades

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All the new ideas and the networking opportunities within the Marine Trades will be at IBEX, coming up.

Show’s quote” Thousands of new products, advanced processe, and impressive innovations will be on display at the 2015 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, Tuesday, September 15 through Thursday, September 17. This year will bring together marine industry professionals to view the latest innovations and technology from over 550 exhibiting companies.”

 

Seabuddy will be there… will you?

 

Classic Boat Show Award Winner report #2

Words and photos © Chris (Seabuddy) Brown

 

Stephanie Rayan from VA. re-powered her Dorsett cuddy cabin model last winter and won three awards at the 2015 Classic Boat Show. Stephanie likes to use her boat, even as far away as cruising in FL waters. Thus, a modern engine made sense for her style of enjoyment of classic boating. Typical for her, she named her new motor. (her boat is named Sunburn)  The motor is called Neverude. This engine was also repainted to color coordinate it to the boat’s gelcoat.

 

Sunburn is an outboard-powered 1960 Catalina model.  The boat is perfectly restored. As an added plus, Stephanie displayed her entry in this popular classic boat show in-the-water-and-ready-to-go with great details like an “iced” drink cooler sporting the memorable “Coppertone girl and her dog”,  along with games, and functional items like a spotlight. The boat was a show-stopper that brought smiles and sparked conversations among many show-goers as they walked the docks of this 17-acre show.

 

Sunburn is now re-powered by a new outboard. This provides good power for the 16’ 8” LOA Catalina model Dorsett. The boat is finished in Pennant Red, one of the five colors that were offered in 1960 by the boat builder. This classic small cruiser boat sleeps two down below, out of the weather. Raymond Loewy, noted designer of a few early 50’s Studebakers as well as the Avanti cars developed the design for this and other boats for the Dorsett Plastic Corporation. Loewy used a 6’ 6-1 /2” wide beam for the 17’ model.

 

This fiberglass boat company started making boats in 1955, first calling them Endura Craft boats. By 1958, the all the boats were marketed as Dorsett Boats. In 1960 the company was sold to Textron, Inc., which kept the Dorsett name. By then they were selling about $3,000,000 in boats, which were made in three boat-building plants, located in nearby Cambridge, MD as well as in California and Indiana. In 1964 and then in 1968 the company was sold again. The Dorsett Boat name ended in the 1967-1968 timeframe.

 

Sunburn, Neverrude and her skipper were a hit at the show.

sunburn 1960 fiberglass boat

 

 

Brandywine River / Gunpowder / Pizza

hagley gunpowder building

Hagley gunpowder

 

Hagley Gunpowder Brandywine River Here is how a boater gets an outing while the boat is on the hard. A section of the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Del holds a marine history experience as the river falls in such a way that industry harnessed the waterway for gunpower production. Seabuddy visited the Hagley Power Yard that the DuPont family has restored. It was the US start of their family businesses.

Back in In 1813 a Frenchman, Mr. du Pont, chose the banks of Brandywine River to start his black powder mills, the Hagley Power Yard. He chose that location because of the natural energy that the water here provided the power for the mill. Local trees produced the charcoal used in black power production. Sulfur is also needed and it came in from France and Italy. Then the Saltpeter also needed came from India via English ships. These ships used the nearby Delaware River to get the raw materials in and the finished product out and onto the rest of the world (for instance, Africa, South America and Australia). Du Pont’s black powder factory became the largest black power maker in the world.

Thus they made one of the the building products of canals ( please see my book … http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Guide-York-Waterways-Champlain/dp/1565542509 ) rail roads, the mining industry, tunnels, and roads. They also made 40% of the gun power used by the US Army and Navy during the Civil War. By the way, these mills closed in 1821.

There are multiple historical buildings to see here, the main home, and a very good look at where and how the du Pont Company moved onto other businesses. Women’s nylons, paint, Kevlar by du Pont which “helps [boat} hulls reinforced with Kevlar® be lighter yet tougher and more damage-tolerant, and perform better under hydrodynamic fatigue loading”. Cobalt boats use it.

sailboat using dupont nylon in sails

Luxury yacht with Du Pont nylon sails

 

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the story of DuPont Nylon

 

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Chevy racing car with Du Pont paint

Allow lots of time to see it all.

Pizza by Elizabeths. Simply put; it is world class. A do-not-miss meal. The décor and food is special. The place celebrates women named Elizabeth. They have gluten free pizza crusts as a choice, as well traditional crusts. Seabuddy had a meatball, tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheeses pizza named the “Hasselbeck”. My wife had a “Claiborne” with basil pesto, chopped tomatoes, she deleted her cheese, with perfectly done chunks of chicken added at her request for her pizza. 4019 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807 (302) 654-4478

 

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dining at Pizza by Elizabeths

 

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Pizza by Elizabeths dinning

Winterthur Home / Garden Tour. TheGarden Club of America awarded Henry Francis du Pont their Medal of Honor, proclaiming him, One of the best, even the best, gardener this country has ever produced.” Seabuddy would like to see these gardens in late April.

Take a tour of the home any time to see its exquisite 175 spaces in which the du Ponts entertained family and friends in grand style several generations later than the gunpowder folks. The collection of objects is over-whelming. The web site says “These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight.”

Do all three of these in a very long “dawn to dusk” day at your own risk.

 

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Grand Staircase at Winterthur Du Pont home

 

Dupont Winterthur house

Gifts at Du Pont Winterthur home

Washington D. C. and its Potomac River Canal

One does not think that a canal way that opened next to Washington D. C.s Potomac River in 1850 would still be a source of boating fun in 2014. But it was last weekend for Seabuddy. My photos contained here are from early November, 2014.

Canal Lock on the Potomac River

Canal Lock at Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center

Today it is a paddling, canoeing, biking, walking, jogging, and scenic, tree lined adventure within Washington D.C. and onto Cumberland. The canal is now a park, with a fairly flat trail going along the old towpath and locks. This 184 mile long Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (or C& O Canal) goes along the river in its own hand-dug channel from Washington, D. C. to Cumberland, MD.  It was built and used as a commercial operation for this length from 1850 to 1924, when a flood damaged it beyond economic repair.

Seabuddy has studied cruising in canals for his book, Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain. That book is a thick one, sort of like a Manhattan Yellow Pages on what to see and do by boat within N Y state and the states that its waterways share with N Y state. In other words areas of Vermont and Canada that share waterways with NY are also covered.

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seabuddy's Cruising Guide book

My book is a firsthand account that details/covers about 1,100 miles of the popular waterways, including Lake Champlain, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Thousand Islands. My personal knowledge complements the data on the NOAA charts. Here is a link… http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Guide-York-Waterways-Champlain/dp/1565542509/ref=sr_1_1_twi_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415632393&sr=1-1&keywords=new+york+waterways+and+lake+champlain

 

potomac river visitor's center

re-done Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center

Now back to the C and O Canal. I visited one of the visitor centers that is open year around; the Great Falls Tavern Visitor’s Center. There is a lock here, but the water level was at the winter, non-navigational level. But, some folks paddled their kayaks through the canal way even at this level when I was there.

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Map of the C & O canal

George Washington first got the idea for a canal/shipping waterway about the time of the French and Indian War. He formed the Potomac Company to make the first start at it. That was not a fully separate ditch and proved to be not the way to go. By, 1825 the C&O Company was created to provide an economic trade route between the eastern seaboard and the West.

President John Quincy Adams put the first, ground breaking shovel of dirt in July, 1828. The full canal was completed and opened to commercial traffic in 1850. Traffic peaked with 850,000 tons of goods in 1871, spread out over 500 canal boats. This was mostly coal coming to the D. C. area. Then traffic went down slowly.

C & O canal boat model

model of Canal Boat

The main competition was the B & O railroad out of Baltimore, MD.  There also was the nationwide depression of the 1870s. Then there were two major floods, one in 1877 and then in 1886. B& O bought the canal company via buying its bonded indebtedness. The flood in 1924 ended the canal way commercial operations and closed it until the Park’s system re-opened it for boating fun.

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downstream of the falls

 

potomac river

note this birch tree

 

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Visitor's Center at Great Falls Tavern and Lock

 

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view of open lock at winter water level

Trailer fun with a Leaky Wooden Boat

She was leaking. It was bad enough that folks would comment to the owner and he began to hate to leave town with the boat in its slip for more than two days. The Classic Chris Craft needed to come out.

She is a mid-50s era small mahogany planked under 30’ Chris Craft cabin cruiser. This one is powered by a single 283 Chris Craft Chevy small block. A “user boat” that was quick and easy to jump aboard for an after-work-cruise or some sunset time with my honey.

Borrowed a trailer, borrowed a bigger truck that would pull her out, full of water, or not. Borrowed the club’s “crash” pump and rigged it with an added hose from the pump (in the bilge down under the cabin floorboards) to over the transom. A distance of some 15’ as well as a lift of 6’ from the bilge water level to over the side. Good thing the club has the one.

Similar to the other Evacuator pumps, the EV8000 benefits from the same innovative power connection which allows for direct operation from your boat’s or car 12 volt battery, via two heavy duty battery clips.

This pump is rated with a big 8000 gallons per hour flow rate. Why so high? Easy, the water is in the bilge, at the bottom of the boat. It must climb up the cockpit and over the gunnel of the boat. Pumping water “uphill” eats how fast the pump will dry out the bilge.

This is an electric, 12 volt boat or car battery powered pump. Connect it to your battery with the provided alligator clips. It is not a gas powered pump. See it here… http://www.firstchoicemarine.com/p-70163-rule-evacuator-8000-gph-high-capacity-dewatering-pump-ev8000-103.aspx

We ran a strap all the way around the boat as the borrowed trailer did not have a bow stop. Also, such a strap spreads the load of a wood boat over a far bigger area than a bow eye would. Neat idea.

Got the boat onto the trailer, out of the water, but the poor fitting trailer seems to have sprung a plank where it allowed too much weight in too small of an area. We did see where water was coming out. Our leak, maybe? This is a double planked classic boat, so a leak can travel Changed tow cars and she went to her home driveway.

 

large bilge pump  box  packing shipping carton

 

 

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Pump set up in another boat

 

chris craft cabin cruiser leaving slip

Chris Craft cabin cruiser leaving its slip

 

tow pick-up ramp chris craft cabin cruiser wooden classic boat photo

the bigger pick-up for towing a leaking boat up the ramp

 

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wooden Chris Craft strapped full lenght to trailer

 

Run your Classic Fiberglass Boat with Friends

The event of the year will be held on Saturday July 20th, 2013 at Falls Lake, N.C. at Rt.50 near Raleigh, N.C. That is where a state park with a lunch ramp and a beach will get those that want to Run and have Fun in their classic boats will meet. Launching the boats at the Falls Lake State Park and Ramp located off N.C. Highway 50 (Creedmoor Rd.) at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday July 20th, 2013. See Map.

Figure on using the boats, maybe a swim, but bring your own food and beverages. This is a family event, so come on down with the kids for a boat ride!

The East Coast Glasspar Association is planning this event and I am simply spreading the word for them. As many of my readers know, I love G-3 boats and maybe I will get to see some there. I am without one right now, but have had several over the years. Read more here… http://www.chesapeakebayacbs.org/membership/member-articles/do-you-go-crazy-over-a-particular-boat-model/

seabuddy will be there. Look for me; a tall fella, with dark sunglasses and wearing a broad brimmed hat for sun protection. I drive a white compact 4 door sedan. For questions post FALLS LAKE BOAT EVENT in your subject line of your e-mail (this e-mail address… redramrocket@hotmail.com …will consider it spam unless you do.)

I suspect that there will be several G-3’s there at this event event along with some other Glasspar Models. Other classic brands are welcome, too. Heck, bring your wood classic! This is intended to be a fun, casual event centered on fun in the water with classic boats.

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note launch ramp

 

g 3 at speed classic fiberglass glasspar

showing Lake Fun fro the internet

WineFest Coming to St. Michaels April 27 and 28, 2013

The fourth big annual charity event, WineFest at St. Michaels, will be held within the town of St. Michaels, Maryland on the eastern shore, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 12 pm to 6 pm.   This popular festival is a full streetscape event held throughout town.  Most businesses will offer wine tastings, great food, retail specials, and much more.  Wine fans will experience hundreds of highly rated US, International, national, and Maryland wines.  Each wine venue will retail sell its wine at special WineFest discount pricing.  In addition, two VIP tasting venues will be available for tasting premium wines often not available in Maryland.  One VIP venue will be on the Patriot Cruise Boat (look for seabuddy here) while cruising the Miles River and the other will be in the courtyard of the Old Brick Inn.  An excellent place to stay! 

All attendees will be able to “walk St. Michaels” using their WineFest map as their guide or take shuttle busses provided by WineFest.   Regional food specialties, artisans, renowned jazz musicians, and even historical characters from the colonial days of St Michaels will be participating in the event. 

 To commemorate this year’s 200th anniversary of the British attack on the town of St. Michaels during the War of 1812, WineFest will include an “historic” dimension with “colonists” who will set up camp in town to show off crafts and life during the 19th century.  They will no doubt do their best to bring the history of St Michaels to life! For those who love beer, award-winning craft beers will be offered at St. Michael’s own Eastern Shore Brewing. 

Art lovers will enjoy art displays based on the “wine” theme from Eastern Shore artists known as “The Six Views.”  And, last but not least, there will be a special WineFest Finale on Sunday afternoon at Town Dock Restaurant.  A new, fun event. This FINALE is appropriately named “Jazzfest Comes To Winefest.” 

This mini-event will give our WineFest visitors a taste for the fall JazzFest at St Michaels (October 12 to 14, 2013).  The jazz artists for “Jazzfest comes to Winefest” are: Joanna Pascale and the FAB Trio; MARS 4tet; and Juanita Williams with the Fred Hughes Trio.  What a show it will be! 

Be sure to check our website www.winefestatstmichaels.com frequently for updates as the 2013 list of wines and other events unfold.  Tickets are available for purchase at localwineevents.com.  For more info contact at winefeststmichaels@gmail.com or call 410-745-5559.

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WineFest at St. Michaels 2013

st michaels winefest 2013 poster showing boatsBoaters! Special feature is a boat cruise this year.

WineFest at St. Michaels, will be held in the town of St. Michaels, Maryland, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 12 pm to 6 pm.   This popular festival is a streetscape event held throughout town.  Many businesses will offer wine tastings, great food, retail specials, and much more.  Wine aficionados will experience hundreds of highly rated US, International and Maryland wines.  Each wine venue will retail its wine at special WineFest discount pricing.  In addition, two VIP tasting venues will be available for tasting premium wines often not available in Maryland.  One VIP venue will be on the Patriot Cruise Boat while cruising the Miles River and the other will be in the courtyard of the Old Brick Inn.   All attendees will be able to “walk St. Michaels” using their WineFest map as their guide or take shuttle busses provided by WineFest.   Regional food specialties, artisans, renowned jazz musicians, and even historical characters from the colonial days of St Michaels will be participating in the event.  To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British attack on the town of St. Michaels during the War of 1812, WineFest will include an “historic” dimension with “colonists” who will set up camp in town to show off crafts and life during the 19th century.  They will no doubt do their best to bring the history of St Michaels to life! For those who love beer, award-winning craft beers will be offered at St. Michael’s own Eastern Shore Brewing.  Art lovers will enjoy art displays based on the “wine” theme from Eastern Shore artists known as “The Six Views.”  And, last but not least, there will be a special WineFest Finale on Sunday afternoon at Town Dock Restaurant.  This FINALE is appropriately named “Jazzfest Comes To Winefest.”  This mini-event will give our WineFest visitors a taste for the fall JazzFest at St Michaels (October 12 to 14, 2013).  The jazz artists for “Jazzfest comes to Winefest” are: Joanna Pascale and the FAB Trio; MARS 4tet; and Juanita Williams with the Fred Hughes Trio.  What a show it will be!  Be sure to check our website www.winefestatstmichaels.com frequently for updates as the 2013 list of wines and other events unfold.  Tickets are available for purchase at localwineevents.com.  For more info contact us at winefeststmichaels@gmail.com or call 410-745-5559. Interested in volunteering?  Send us your completed volunteer application found on www.winefestatstmichaels.com prior to March 31, 2013.

 

See all the New Tow Cars /Trucks at the Baltimore Car Show

sneak peak 2014 chevy truck silverado

2014 Chevrolet Silverado for hauling trailer boats

Tow your boat? Want to sit in trucks/SUVs/cars that can tow, examine them, get the specs, and then talk to the towing vehicle experts from the factories about towing your boat? The 2013 Baltimore Motor Trend Auto Show say on; Friday, Saturday, or Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, 2/8 to 2/10/2013, is for you. You will find folks that know about towing boats, horse trailers, and equipment at the show. Many are boat owners, themselves, and share and understand your hobby.

Ask for a discounted ticket for seniors, military, kids, etc. and your free one year subscription to the authoritative Motor Trend magazine.

Sign in for your turn in the free Ride and Drive in a Chevy Silverado, Traverse, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Cadillac Escalade to really have an easy first-hand driving experience in a 2013 tow vehicle at the show.

SHH! This Car Show will be the first local chance to see the new 2014 GMC Sierra and the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

The exotics will be there, too. Hot Italian cars like the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Murcielago,  Lamborghini Spyder Garllardo and Maserati Gran Turismo. Plus, other exotic like the Made-in-England Aston Martin.

Covered  parking is readily available at several places at a downtown parking charge. The Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore on Pratt Street. More information about the show, parking, as well as driving directions are here… http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/baltimore/

My Monterey Bow Rider Runabout to Bimini, Bahamas Island off Miami, FL

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Heading out towards Bimini

There was no other boat in sight. No land to see off in the distance. Nothing. I was alone on the Atlantic Ocean about 11 miles off the coast of South Florida, heading to Bimini in the Bahamas Islands chain. The boat’s sounder had stopped reading the water depth long ago. My cell telephone no longer had a signal. I had the VHF on channel 16 and heard other boaters, but they were beyond my horizon. I slowed to idle to take it all in. I spun the boat a 360 and saw water in every direction. I was very, very happy.

The waves really were not bad at all. It was the broad spacing between the 5’ high swells that allowed me a rather gentle cruise to an offshore island. The boat slowly would rise and fall from the Gulf Stream waves under my keel.

This little adventure was a long-held dream of mine. I had been to the Bahamas several times, but always on other people’s boats. This time the good ship was mine. The Monterey bowrider that I had taken delivery of in Miami earlier in the month had been equipped. I’d also tested it for over 20 hours on short trips around the greater Miami area as I closely followed the weather forecast, waiting for the right day.

On the eve of my departure, NOAA’s marine weather indicated that the sea and wind conditions for a Bahamian Crossing would be close to perfect on Sunday. I checked out of my hotel, dropped off my rental car and prepared to sleep onboard in a sleeping bag so I could get an early start…

I wasn’t nervous. I’ve been boating for near 50 years and logged several thousand miles of cruising. I passed the first of four CG courses before I was a teenager. I’ve owned many boats and been on a variety of waterways across the country. I had confidence in myself and my boat. So I was cautious, but confident.

This boat is a 2006 Monterey 268 SS bow rider, powered by a single Mercruiser gas engine coupled to a Bravo III outdrive. In my test drives, I had proven that the hull had the bow shape and other design elements to make it a top-shelf choice for running in bigger water. She’s a deep boat and heavily constructed using top fiberglass materials. The stainless steel hardware is beefy. Most of the finer details are the best that the industry offers. The folks at Monterey had built me a very good boat.

I used Richardson’s chartbook, Florida Keys and Bimini, as well as Maptech’s Florida’s East Coast Chartkit for navigation. Both had pre-printed course headings overlaid on their charts. Since I didn’t want to leave from either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, which were already charted in these books, I eyeballed a course using theirs as a starting point. BTW, the pre-charted routes differed in each book slightly, as one edition had been corrected to 1990 and the other to 2002. Courses can change over time due to magnetic North movement.

I checked and confirmed my course heading using a hand-held Garmin 48 GPS, putting in a lat/lon for my Bimini arrival point as a GO TO point. I was pleased that my roughly calculated course was within a few degrees once I was underway. My excuse for not developing a “better” course? I was crossing on a top weather day—and in a faster boat. And land would only be out of sight for about 30-35 miles.

But what about that Gulf Stream?

Think of the Gulf Stream as a “river”, running north within the Atlantic Ocean between the South FL coast and Bimini Island. It drags all boats northward as they try to cross East-West between Florida and the Islands. The slower the boat travels, the longer it’s in this current, and the more off-course any compass heading becomes. The Garmin GPS really adjusts for this nicely.

land fall entrance to north bimini and south bimini

Bimini Ahead

My trip over to Bimini was a dream cruise. The boat lifted up on plane and headed its bow into the rising sun. I was exhilarated, for together, my boat and I were finally fulfilling this life-long goal. The hotel and condo high-rises that cried out “civilization” dropped behind the stern and then went below the horizon.

The boat had a low rise-and-fall as it was lifted over the gently sloped Gulf Stream waves that marched north below the boat. To keep on course, I positioned the boat so the sun would shine through the windshield at the same spot. I flipped open the Captain’s Call exhaust to entertain myself and then closed it when it seemed out-of-sync with conditions. When I got to feeling a little spooked from knowing that the nearest land was 400 feet straight down, I listened to the VHF to reconnect to the human race.

 

Wham! A dolphin flew up out of the water aiming straight for the side panel of the boat’s glass windshield. I didn’t even have time to duck. I just stared at him like a deer caught in a car’s headlights. But, it turns out he was just fooling with me. He dove right back under the water and passed under the keel. I almost wet myself over that one! Then I decided he was just a youngster who played a joke on me with this close call. I was sure that he flashed me a broad grin in reaction to my facial expression.

What is Bimini like? It’s two low-lying Islands. After last year’s bevy of hurricanes, there’s extensive damage to many buildings and some trees. But the water is every bit as magnificent as it looks on the commercials. Turquoise—an unbelievable turquoise color. You can see bottom even when it’s fairly deep. Experienced islanders can navigate by looking at the water’s colors and tone.By the time I arrived at Bimini’s doorstep and cruised around locally, the weather forecast for the next few days was far worse than I expected for a return crossing. Most likely I would have to wait at least three days to get good crossing weather again—maybe longer. Since it was still early on this picture-perfect morning, and I had plenty of fuel for a quick run back to Miami, this trip turned out to be an “over-and-back” in the same day. And it was a good decision.

 

chalks sea plane base in bimini

damaged building on North Bimini Island in the Bahamas

 

As it turned out, a 26’ center-console fishing boat went down off the FL coast the very next day. Three fisherman went overboard, but the tow service saved them and then the Coast Guard transported them back to land. If I hadn’t paid attention to the forecast and just got caught up in the splendor of my Bimini adventure, I could have been caught out there in those sea and wind conditions, too.

So I was back stateside. Bimini was glorious, but there’s still so much more to see along the East Coast. Now it was time to plan for my next destination…

see the bottom clear water off bimini bahamas

One can see the bottom in the clear turquiose blue water around Bimbini Island,in the Bahamas