Nov 09

Setting off across Florida

by Adrian in Adventures, Sailing

Well, the last week has been ‘challenging’ to say the least! Due to unforeseen circumstances we were not able to spend any time with Pako’s owner George, so have had to figure out the boat and all its quirks on our own.  Diesel engine service… check, plumbing & water system… check, working of the head…check, battery/electrics…. ummh, not quite check! Still fighting with a faulty windlass (anchor) but more or less figured all else out.

So yesterday was the maiden voyage from La Belle heading east across Lake Okeechobee to Indian town, on our way to the Atlantic. Beautiful waterways (although alligator infested so no swimming!), and some locks to negotiate on way. The Okeechobee waterway connects the gulf coast with the Atlantic but has to deal with about 20ft inland elevation so there are a series of locks.

Carefully studied the charts but apparently you also need to read the fine print! We managed to take a channel that was not maintained since 1967 so needless to say there were some heart stopping moments when our depth gauge alarm was freaking out and we very nearly ran aground!

But we made it, with only a slightly bruised confidence!

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10 Responses to “Setting off across Florida”

  1. From KC:

    And they’re off!! Yay!

    ….. So, does it feel real yet?? I still want my 3 hours, 3 days and 3 week check ins!!

    Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 at 3:36 pm #
  2. From vanessa:

    well at least you sorted out the ‘working of the head’!!!! hahahaha!
    Bon Voyage

    Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 at 4:08 pm #
  3. From Rory:

    Wow, the adventure has truly begun. I am sure you guys cant wait to hit the open seas. Keep the photo’s coming. Loving the captains hat Adrian. Enjoy

    Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 at 5:53 pm #
  4. From Mum and Dad:

    Wow! How incredibly exciting. Well done both of you ‘marineros’ on making this dream happen. Hope from now you will have some plain sailing free from cockroach nightmares! God bless.

    Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 at 7:31 pm #
  5. From saartjie:

    YAAAAYYYYYYY!!!! Bon Voyage, lovely Liddle Bushes!

    Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 at 8:35 pm #
  6. From Dan Dob:

    Woohoo!Get away from that pesky land I say! Sounds like you’ve got straight into adventure mode. Really pleased at your social media efforts-good going!

    Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 at 5:10 am #
  7. From Humphrey:

    Looks awesome mate! Well done! Now you just added something to my bucket list. Just need Amanda to get over her fears of the sea! :)

    Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 at 6:40 am #
  8. From Annette:

    I am soooooo jealous right now… Suddenly the 5 days of leave I’m planning over Christmas seems so mundane! Enjoy the journey, guys. I’ll have to live vicariously through the two of you for the next few months. The pics look gorgeous.

    Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 at 7:25 am #
  9. From Alan:

    All the best, what a great adventure! Looking forward to following this trip :)

    Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 at 8:22 am #
  10. From Bev:

    Wow, awesome pics ….. hope Pako is treating well … herewith a few lines from Alan and Marita …Been out of range for a while – travelling every day back down the ICW – God it’s FREEZING! We’re wearing everything we own every day – the guys had to go to Walmart to buy fur-lined “snoopy caps” so that they could helm in the cold!!
    Hope you guys don’t hit too many cold spots…
    More pics please…
    Take care
    Lots of luv, hugs and kisses
    Bev

    Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 at 11:43 am #

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