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Old 07-31-2016, 10:16 AM   #61
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:13 AM   #62
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We made our way down to Florida on the forgotten coast (the cheap part of Florida!). We rented a little house on a small lake for a month just to spread out a bit (and the house was not really that much more than the RV park). I think we will winter in Texas on the gulf though. Fewer tourists, more room.

Put our sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico today off the Florida panhandle. She has now sailed in the Pacific ocean, eight states, and the gulf.

We were joined by a pod, or maybe lots of pods of dolphin? There were at least 20, and they followed us every way that we tacked, swimming along the sailboat and diving under it. I wish I had had a mackerel to toss to them.

We have some fishing gear now and so will be trying for speckled trout or flounder (maybe snapper if we sail into deeper waters).
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:02 AM   #63
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Wow, what a life! RV'ing, kayaking, riding motorcycles, sailing...sounds like a permanent vacation. Impressive, that you built the RV yourself. Keep updating this thread, please.
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Fermian - you and your wife are truly living the dream!!!
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Still bumming around here in Florida, near Saint Augustine. The weather has finally turned tolerable (was 80, now 68).

We found a nice little county park right on the lake where you can keep your sailboat in the water next to your camp for free. The park is about $20 a night for full hookups.

The weather and wind have been great for sailing. I am trying to get as good as I can on this little 17 foot boat knowing it will be a different beast when we purchase a big sailboat. We set off on Wednesday in 15 to 20 mph winds and did not use the outboard for anything except docking. We had to tack 19 times down a narrow river channel full of stumps and snags to get to the bigger lake and it was a blast! Once we got on the big lake the wind had gusts to probably 25mph but yet I did not reef. We were on a 20% heel and were doing 6.2 knots in a beam reach in a boat with a max hull speed of about 5.6 knots. :-D

We found another town on the lake with a dock and Tiki bar so we pulled in there to eat lunch.

Anyone else miss work?
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