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March 28, 2015

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Beasts of England

An abbreviated and chilly opening day to the boating season with the highs only in the mid-sixties, but we're underway! Great reviews for the first of this season's candidates for official boat beverage:

'Think Pink'

Three parts pink grapefruit juice
One part light rum
One part vodka

Shake well and pour into a large ice-filled Tervis Tumbler. Repeat often. :)

Janet

DoT's 3:32 & sbw's 3:44 are great comments.

Love the Iowahawk stuff too...

GMax

So apparently the Floridian is on the St Lucie River just outside of Stuart Florida. I must have cruised right past it when piloting my boat back from Ft Lauderdale to Destin, through the Okeechobee Waterway, but I didnt know. Nothing remarkable from the water I would have said. But then I saw 3 Manatees on the trips and thousand of flying fish, so I really was focused on a whole lot of everything else...

Beasts of England

How long did that trip take, GMax? Is the Okeechobee part of the intercoastal waterway?

GMax

I transited up the Intercoastal from Ft Lauderdale to Stuart where we took the St Lucie River to the Okeechobee Waterway. 7 different locks, 4 before Lake Okeechobee and 3 afterwards. Day one ended at Ft Myers. Day two was a fuel top off in Clearwater and then the open water trip on the Gulf up to Appalachicola. Only a 1/2 day left from there.

Pretty amazing trip, and a check on my bucket list. I am not anxious to transit Appalachicola to Clearwater again anytime soon, even in a 40 foot cruiser...

GMax

Sorry that does not read real clear. 2 1/2 days total.

Beasts of England

Sounds great, GMax! Probably cost you more than $100 in gas, though... ;)

Jeff Dobbs

Made the trip (as I've told before) from Naples to Panama City Beach in my f-i-l's new (to him) boat back in 2000.

Naples to St. Pete. St. Pete to Steinhatchee. Then Steinhatchee to PCB.

Really one of the best experiences in my life.

GMax

Well it had close to a half tank when I bought it. Top off in Stuart, fill up in Ft Myers ( Boca Grande) top off in Clearwater, and fill up in Appalachicola.

Probably about $2K in Diesel. Cheaper than what a trucking company wanted to trailer it here, and a hell of an experience. I was in a Lock with a mama manatee and her young calf. They are smart enough to use the locks to move up and down the waterway just like the boats do.

Beasts of England

Steinhatchee? Is that like Tonto Goldstein?

GMax

How big was the boat Hit?

Jeff Dobbs

It was 28 or 30 feet...

Steinhatchee to Appalachicola never gets you that far offshore. We had good weather. It was all in daylight.

Beasts of England

That's a small price to pay for a bucket item, GMax. Interesting about the Manatees - the locks are probably as safe a place for them as any.

narciso

afternoon all, great pieces, clarice, I caught the last of the Transformer's offerings, who would think Shia Leboef, would come off as a great thespian, more likely it was the lack of presence of John Turturro,

the Mottaghi report, reminded me of the Borisov incident from the Spike, which true to form, none of the nets, reported on,

Extraneus

If Pence screwed up, how's Obama doing?

Rabbi compares Obama to Haman, archenemy of Jewish people...

flodigarry

Clarice,

Those baguettes look wonderful!

narciso

so if i'm reading the proprietor of Angie's List, they don't stint in offending believing Christians,
would they do the same to Moslems, rhetorical

GMax

The lock personnel were VERY protective of the manatee. They were telling us to delay for a minute or two to allow the manatee a headstart. Not really necessary, as a minute opening of the lock was exploited by the manatee, they bolted.

Jeff Dobbs

Ok, Jane wanted a new thread. It's been 24 hours since TM's post.

All I had was what I did last night. So now everyone has to share as well...

narciso

well she's in top form:

http://therightscoop.com/he-better-watch-out-hillary-defender-to-potential-competitor-martin-omalley/

Jim Eagle

Its actually the Floridian Golf Club and its on the St. Lucie River to your port side. Surprised you didn't see it. Its just north of the Palm Gove Yacht and Golf Club across from Stuart as you pass under the US 1 causeway.

Its Butch Harmon's main teaching facility. He lives there and I spent 3 days there with his staff a few years back. Great course. Man sized and difficult from the tips but fair from the handicap tees.

Jim Eagle

...Palm Grove.....

flodigarry

Beasts,

I had pink grapefruit margaritas last night which were fantastic.

Not sure I'd mix with boating as my tequila tolerance is de minimis.

;-)

GMax

Hugging the Fla Coast from Clearwater was not really an option for my boat. The water along the coast northward is quite shallow at low tide, its much longer, and the number of marinas that have diesel fuel is small.

We had a margin for error in the tanks on the direct shot, but that meant six hours of open ocean with nothing but water in sight in all directions. Felt like I was in a remake of Water World.

narciso

well, that's something interesting,

http://defence-blog.com/?p=4448

GMax

4 White guys on the court for the Zags right now. I dont remember the last time I saw that in an Elite Eight game. And they are but three point s down to Dook

Marlene on Kindle

GMax,we took a boat tour in Charlotte Harbor while in Florida and couldn't believe how shallow it is.The manatees are as ugly as our moose,but the dolphins are delightful.Fun fact:the Calusa Indians killed Ponce Dr Leon.

Marlene on Kindle

Geez...De Leon.

GMax

Marlene

We thought about going south and through the Keys to the West Coast, but it turns out you must transit almost 50 miles off the coast in certain areas west of the keys to be certain of drafting in 4 feet or more of water.

I was not looking for a longer trip and more time where I could see nothing but water. And it was a recurring nightmare of running aground in the middle of absolutely nowhere...

henry

GMax, do you look like Jonas Grumby? Do any of your crew look like Ginger or MaryAnne? Inquiring minds.

GMax

Jonas who?

No on the crew, but my wife when she crews for me, looks like MaryAnne but with blonde hair instead of red. I am a very lucky man...

GMax

ginger I meant. Sheesh

henry

Jonas Grumby, aka "Skipper."

No that I can navigate to anything beyond an unfortunate canoe accident.

GMax

No I am not the skipper. I would say the professor since he always had the hots for ginger...

henry

Physicists ain't dumb, they understand fundamental forces and fibonaccis.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

henry....

GMax

I am no physicist. I just still have the hots for my wife, after all these years...

narciso

well after in search of Klingsor, about Heisenberg
in part, and Grannec's novel about Godel, I see that,

jimmyk

Trying to catch up, but this mystified me:

Imagine the lives of everyone you love being in the hands of a man who thought it made sense to participate in a photo op in which he'd enter a small store and ask, as cameras rolled, "Can I get me a hunting license here?"

What's this referring to?

sbw

Kerry tried that.

narciso

I think that was the Bloomberg 'ant farm' sting,

jimmyk

So this government employee, getting paid by our tax dollars, tweeted thusly:

Sounds rather threatening from a government employee, no? Apparently she then (a) removed from her Twitter bio the fact that she works for the Department of Labor; and (b) deleted the tweet. Too late. We'll see what happens.

Allison

300+ comments and no one told you that this idea is already copyrighted by Neal Stephenson?

It's his world, we're just living in it.

He wrote a book called the Diamond Age. His version of Siri is the teacher leading instruction through an electronic book, and that book is subversive. Used to solve the problem of the parentless. None of these are spoilers beyond the first couple chapters...

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Age-Illustrated-Primer-Spectra/dp/0553380966/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427684667&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Diamond+Age

a terrific little read, like most of his work.

narciso

well it was referenced here, besides take it up with the Times,

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