To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

  • Ph. VI, day 11, Fort Myers Beach

    Moored. Ball 5. 26°27.3728′N 081°57.0415′W.

    Yesterday we walked down to the Tuckaway Cafe coffee shop. It's a big operation. There's one road up the island and that means traffic is slow. Very slow. Walking makes so much more sense.

    Ft. Myers Beach Shrimp Fleet
    Ft. Myers Beach Shrimp Fleet …

  • Ph. VI, day 9, Fort Myers Beach

    Moored. Ball 5. 26°27.3728′N 081°57.0415′W.

    Yesterday we looked at the other dinghy dock. The one by city hall.

    Ft. Myers Beach Dinghy Dock
    Ft. Myers Beach Dinghy Dock

    Yes, it's hidden in a bunch of mangroves. It's far from everything: showers, laundry, bars, restaurants.

    It's slightly closer to the …


  • Ph. VI, day 7, Fort Myers Beach

    Moored. Ball 5. 26°27.3728′N 081°57.0415′W.

    Since moving to the mooring ball, we've really ramped down to -- well -- nothing.

    Grocery Shopping

    The grocery store is behind the Snook Bight Marina. The marina doesn't have a proper dinghy dock, but the Bayside Bistro does have a …



  • Ph. IV, day 23, The Conch Republic

    Remaining moored in the Garrison Bight Mooring Field. Our location is 24°34.704′N 081°47.151′W.

    Checking the Balls
    Morning Check of the Balls

    The weather has started to moderate.

    Small Craft Advisories for the last five days have kept us out of the dinghy, and sitting on Red Ranger …


  • Ph. IV, day 20, The Conch Republic

    Steadfastly moored in the Garrison Bight Mooring Field. Our location is 24°34.704′N 081°47.151′W.

    You can -- in a way -- see the waves rolling through here. There are whitecaps. Which means the dinghy ride will be a Splashwater Kingdom water-slide. Except salty.

    Waves in the Mooring Field
    Waves Rolling Through the …

  • Ph. IV, day 17, The Conch Republic

    Reliably moored in the Garrison Bight Mooring Field. Our location is 24°34.704′N 081°47.151′W.

    Start of US 1
    Start of US 1

    Lunch at Blue Heaven.

    Weather

    The weather is looking almost scary for the next few days.

    Lower FLKeys-KeyWest:
    Variable NE-SE under 12k<NNW-N up to 15k/1-3' …

  • Ph. IV, day 16, The Conch Republic

    Still moored in the Garrison Bight Mooring Field. Our location is 24°34.704′N 081°47.151′W.

    Wedding Anniversary
    Wedding Anniversary Lunch

    Big Lesson Up Front: Taking your own boat to Key West is difficult. I don't recommend it. A better approach is take your boat to Marathon and take …


  • Ph. IV, day 15, The Conch Republic

    We've moored in the Garrison Bight Mooring Field. Our location is 24°34.704′N 081°47.151′W; putting us on one of the furthest balls out in the mooring field, a full mile from shore.

    Key West Sunset
    Key West Sunset

    Big Lesson Up Front: Taking your own boat to Key …


  • Ph. IV, day 13, Boot Key Harbor

    We're (still) moored on ball K-9 (at 24°42.250′N 081°05.550′W) in Boot Key Harbor.

    Today is prep-to-go day.

    This means laundry, top off the water, take on any final galley stores, and final weather check.

    CA pumping water
    CA filling the tanks

    Propane

    This now means checking the …


  • Ph. IV, day 12, Boot Key Harbor, More Pix

    We're (still) moored on ball K-9 (at 24°42.250′N 081°05.550′W) in Boot Key Harbor.

    CA took this picture of me, aloft.

    Me, up the mast
    Me, up the mast

    It's real work getting up there.

    Planning the work to make sure you have the right tools is hard.

    And …


  • Ph. IV, day 12, Boot Key Harbor

    We're (still) moored on ball K-9 (at 24°42.250′N 081°05.550′W) in Boot Key Harbor.

    Beth Leonard (I think) said "Cruising is fixing your boat in exotic places."

    For the last three days I've been going aloft to work on our OGM LXTA masthead light. It …


  • Ph. IV, day 9, Boot Key Harbor

    We're (still) moored on ball K-9 (at 24°42.250′N 081°05.550′W) in Boot Key Harbor.

    CA at Work
    CA at Work

    Looking Back

    It's time for a brief recap of the past few months and (about) 1,000 miles of cruising.

    Let's roll the clock back to October 13 …


  • Ph. IV, day 8, Boot Key/Vaca Key

    We're moored on ball K-9 (at 24°42.250′N 081°05.550′W) in Boot Key Harbor.

    Boot Key Harbor
    Boot Key Harbor

    Repairs

    I've ordered a replacement for the mast-head OGM-LXTA-S light. It's a sealed unit. Maybe Weems & Plath will repair or refurbish the old one so I can have it …


  • Ph. IV, day 6, Boot Key/Vaca Key

    Our fourth Island-hopping "day sailing". (Ugh. Again. Not actually sailing, the wind was almost on the nose, so it was a 5-hour motor.)

    Boot Key Harbor
    Boot Key Harbor

    We're moored on ball K-9 (at 24°42.250′N 081°05.550′W) in Boot Key Harbor. It's between Boot Key and Vaca …


  • Ph. III, day 29, Mooring Inspection

    Check this out.

    Mooring Inspection
    Red Ranger Mooring Being Inspected

    This barge came out to inspect and refurbish the moorings.

    On a nice day with flat seas? Looks like it might be a fun outdoorsy job.

    Today? With 2'-3' waves?

    What a nightmare for this crew. They pointed out that we had …


  • Ph. III, day 29, Problems

    We had a pile of problems today. Problems stack up from small to large. A kind of inverted pyramid of trouble. This left us feeling discouraged.

    Jensen Beach Mooring Field
    Red Ranger Surrounded by Whitecaps

    Problem 1

    Today's problem #1: it's rough. The Jensen Beach mooring field is exposed to the East and South …


  • Ph. III, day 26, Breezy and Bouncy

    It's rough on the mooring ball. Breeze is in the teens, and gusting into the mid 20's.

    Jensen Beach Mooring Field
    Red Ranger Surrounded by Whitecaps

    The sea state starts to change at 17kt, what they call Force 5 on the Beaufort Scale. The key indicator? "Numerous Whitecaps".

    In open water, this can mean …


  • Reflections

    12 years ago...

    Chesapeake Eagle in the shed
    Red Ranger (before her name change)

    We'd bought a boat back in December. We'd fiddled about a bit in January and February.

    Now, it's march, and she's going into the shed to have the foredeck (and some other places) rebuilt. Water had intruded and rotted the balsa …


  • Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

    "...That I shall say good night till it be morrow."

    IMG_0849
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    Today: laundry, last-minute supplies, weather.

    We'll miss Miami. In particular, the last two nights were beautiful. The three of four days previous, however, were gusty and crappy. The Dinner Key Mooring field is a world of extremes: flip-flopping between …


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