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Where are you now, and where are you going?

QB II sitting pretty at Old Bahama Bay.

The new Hunt 80 “Queen Bee II” safely moored at Old Bahama Bay, West End Bahamas.  It was a nice run across from Hinckley Yachts Stuart on Wednesday, the Gulfstream was a nice 6′ to 8′.  Had a nice time talking shop with Capt. Fred, a really good guy.  Best of luck to him and his crew this Summer.     -Tripper

 

We love delivering a new boat and introducing a lifestyle!

At the Hinckley Yacht brokerage, we find that sharing our passion for the lifestyle of the sea, is the greatest job satisfaction.  I want to congratulate my new friend, as well as new Hinckley owner Doug DeVivo, on his beautiful T29R “Cattiva”.  I wish you always, ‘fair winds and following seas”.

Courage Arrives at Hinckley Stuart.- Part 12

COURAGE’S JOURNEY FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO KEY WEST, FL

Tuesday October 7, 2014

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Weather: 80 Mostly Sunny
Departure: 09:30 from St. Augustine, FL
Revised Destination: Titusville, FL
Marina: Titusville Municipal Marina 7 out of 10 Arrival: 15:30
Distance traveled: 100 Nautical Miles

MUCH TO SEE ON THE ICW!

It was another beautiful day! Admiral Archie thought we ought to push further than New Smyrna Beach and head to Titusville. Captain George followed orders! We shoved off at 09:30 for our first full day on the Florida ICW. The Captain and the Admiral discussed going out into the ocean but knowing First Mate’s Kris’ propensity to seasickness they deferred to her! The ICW was flat and made for a smooth ride. The journey took us from St. Augustine to Ormond Beach to Daytona Beach through the Indian River (yes where the grapefruit come from) into the Titusville/Cape Canaveral area. We stayed at an older but nice, clean marina in Titusville right next to a dog park.

After a long, hot day Admiral Archie was able to take a dip in the kiddie pool. Sorry no pictures, the First Mate forgot her camera!

What stood out on this leg was the wildlife. This section of the ICW is very protective of their manatees! We would have made better time except for all the slow / no wake zones. But better safe than sorry. We saw groups of dolphins for miles. We had them riding our wake. We also saw herons, egrets and pelicans. And at last we saw manatees. The marina is a safe harbor for them. Such sweet, gentle creatures.

There was also a screened porch where we could watch the Cardinals. We walked to Cracker Jacks for dinner and saw the Cardinals clinch the series there. It was a good day on land and sea.

Our plan for tomorrow is to go all the way to Stuart, FL.

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Jupiter Lighthouse

Weather: 80s Partly Sunny
Departure: 08:15 from Titusville, FL Destination: Stuart, FL
Marina: Sunset Bay Marina 8 out of 10 Arrival: 14:45
Distance traveled: 100 Nautical Miles

WE MADE IT TO STUART!

We awoke early so we could see the lunar eclipse and to get an early start on our day. There is something to be said for watching a lunar eclipse from Cape Canaveral! It was a bit cloudy but we can say we saw it.

Today’s plan was to make it to Stuart this afternoon. Stuart, FL is called the Crossroads. From here boaters have a choice of three routes. You can continue down the ICW all the way to Miami and even Key West. You can move outside and navigate the Atlantic Ocean again all the way to Key West. Or you can travel along the St. Lucie River, down the South Fork through the Okeechobee Waterway to Ft. Myers and Florida’s West Coast. It is also the most direct entry point to and from the Bahamas.

As it turns out the Admiral and the Captain rethought their decision to forego the ocean and decided it was a good day to make an outside run. We entered the Atlantic Ocean at the Sebastian Inlet and reentered at the Fort Pierce Inlet.

We are taking to boat to the Hinckley boatyard Thursday for a few repairs and routine maintenance. By making it to Stuart today we can relax at a nice marina before heading to the boatyard. The journey stops here for a short while. Kris will return to St. Louis and Captain George and Admiral Archie are going to take a few side trips to Ft. Myers and Key West by land.

There have been a few questions about Courage and I realized I never supplied details just pictures. The specs:

Make:
Model: Production Year: Single Engine: Propulsion: Steering:
Bow Thruster: Electronics: Accommodations:

Hinckley
36’ Picnic Boat
1998 Hull #73
Volvo 435 HP Supercharged and Turbocharged (repowered in 2006) Jet Drive (no propeller)
Hydraulic Steering or Computer JetStick Control
Electric
Ray Marine Chart Nav, Auto Pilot, Radar
V-Berth, Galley, Vacuum Head

Thursday / Friday October 9-10, 2014

View from the house

Weather: 80s Mostly Sunny
Departure: 11:30 am from Stuart, FL Destination: Hinckley Marina Manatee Pocket Arrival: 12:00
Final Destination: Jupiter Inlet Colony Distance traveled: A hop, skip and a jump!

WHAT A JOURNEY IT’S BEEN (TO BE CONTINUED!)

We packed up and transported Courage to the Hinckley Boatyard for service. When we return she will be officially named COURAGE!

For the next few days we are staying in Jupiter Inlet Colony with Stephen and Vicki. This house is amazing. It sits right on the Jupiter Inlet overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. As most of you know Jupiter is the winter home of the Cardinals. I hope our visit brings them good luck!

Friday George attended an AA meeting on the “porch”. The porch is an actual porch at the base Jupiter Inlet lighthouse. Jupiter’s most notable landmark is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, completed in 1860. Made of brick, it was painted red in 1910 to cover discoloration caused by humidity. It is a working lighthouse. We toured the Lighthouse and climbed to the top. The view is spectacular, the grounds beautiful and as this entire trip has been very historical and well preserved.

Archie and Coconut

We are taking two week break on the boat trip. Kris returns to St. Louis Saturday and George and Archie are driving to Ft. Myers to see friends. They’ll be in Ft. Myers a few days and will then travel to Key West. Then back to Ft. Myers and Stuart to continue the journey. It’s a welcome change to stay off the boat but bittersweet as well. We miss it! And it’s sad to think the journey is almost at an end.

So this is Admiral Archie, Captain George and First Mate Kris saying so long for a little while. But stay tuned we’ll be back!

Archie looking for the Fountain of Youth – Part 11

COURAGE’S JOURNEY FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO KEY WEST, FL

Fort

Sunday October 5, 2014

Weather: 70 Sunny –
Departure: 09:30 from Jekyll Island, GA
Destination: St. Augustine, FL
Marina: St. Augustine Municipal Marina 8 out of 10 Arrival: 14:00
Distance traveled: 100 Nautical Miles

WE MADE IT TO FLORIDA!

It was a glorious day! The journey from Jekyll Island to St. Augustine was easy sailing! The seas were calm, the weather perfect – cool and sunny and the boat ran great. We made good time. We traveled Jekyll Creek into Cumberland Sound. It gets a little tricky in the Sound and you don’t want to stray on your way! Cumberland Sound is the home to the Navy’s King’s Bay Submarine Base. Six Trident Submarines are housed here. We were on the lookout but we didn’t see any submarines.

Lion's Bridge

As we crossed St. Mary’s River and entered Florida we noticed a change in the ICW. Georgia’s long, open sounds and wide rivers gradually transform into a series of creeks and rivers connected by land cuts. There is more development.

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. The St. Augustine Municipal Marina is downtown in the Historical District. We caught up with two fellow

boaters that George made friends with along the way and had dinner with them. Finally – Grouper on the menu! No more shrimp and grits and crab cakes. But I have to say I was never a grits fan but I came to like them!

We are staying one more day in St. Augustine.

Monday October 6, 2014

Archie at the Fort

Weather: 70s Sunny – A beautiful day In port: St. Augustine, FL
Marina: St. Augustine Municipal Marina

A DAY OF SIGHTSEEING IN ST. AUGUSTINE

It was another perfect day! We got the bikes out today and toured St. Augustine. Boy is this city old!

The vicinity of St. Augustine was first explored by Europeans in 1513 by Spanish explorer and governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León, who claimed the region for the Spanish crown. Prior to the founding of St. Augustine in 1565, several earlier attempts at European colonization in what is now Florida were made by both Spain and France, but all failed.

We broke out the bikes today! George visited the Pirate Museum, went to a meeting and Archie and Kris toured the Castillo de San Marcos fort. You can’t come to St. Augustine without a visit to the Fountain of Youth. We rode through the city and toured Flagler College. St. Augustine in like a bigger, older Key West with less local color.

Flagler College

We had a nice lunch (yes lunch included shrimp, grits and crab cakes) and headed back for relaxing night on the boat.

Tuesday we head to New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Archie is back Underway – Part 10

COURAGE’S JOURNEY FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO KEY WEST, FL

Rainbow

Friday October 3, 2014

Weather: 80s Partly Sunny
In Port: Savannah, GA
“Marina”: Holiday Inn Express then back to the Hinckley Marina

ONE MORE DAY IN SAVANNAH!

We checked out of the hotel, made a few provisioning stops, dropped of the provisions at the boat and went to Tybee Island for lunch.

Tybee Island is an island and city near the city of Savannah. It is the easternmost point in the state of Georgia. The small island, which has long been a quiet getaway for the residents of Savannah, has become a popular vacation spot with tourists from outside the Savannah metropolitan area. Tybee Island is home to the first of what became the Days Inn hotel chain.

Low Country Boil

We ate at this very kitschy restaurant, The Crab Shack, and dined on a local favorite, the low country boil. Great fun and great food. Just as we were finishing it started to rain. And I mean rain! When we got back to the boat to prepare for the next day’s journey we were greeted with this amazing rainbow.

Saturday October 4, 2014

Weather: 80s Sunny
Departure: 09:30 from Thunderbolt, GA Destination: Jekyll Island, GA
Marina: Jekyll Harbor Marina 5 out of 10 Arrival: 15:30
Distance traveled: 100 Nautical Miles

PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF!

We awoke to sunshine! The journey from Thunderbolt to Jekyll Island took us through many rivers and sounds. We started out on the Wilmington River and passed through Moon River (yes THAT Moon River). It was rather windy and there were whitecaps in the sounds. We arrived safely and without incident!

Jekyll IslandClub 1

Jekyll Island is an island off the coast of Georgia. It is one of the Sea Islands and one of the Golden Isles of Georgia. In the midsection of the river side of the island is the Historic District where most of the buildings from the Jekyll Island Club era still stand, most in remarkable preservation. The centerpiece of the grounds is the enormous Jekyll Island Club Hotel, a two-winged structure that contains numerous suites for rental, including a beautiful presidential suite that contains the three-story turret on the front of the building. Thirty-three buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries surround the hotel, with many being mansion-sized cottages.

Tomorrow we shove off for St. Augustine, FL.

More “Savannah Day Dreamin”- Part 9

COURAGE’S JOURNEY FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO KEY WEST, FL

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Weather: high 70s Sunny!!! In Port: Savannah, GA “Marina”: Holiday Inn Express

MAKING LEMONADE (FROM LEMONS)!

Archie goes to Church

We spent a comfortable night on Courage and decided to get a hotel room in Savannah for a few days. A real bed, private bathroom, TV and AC!

The mechanic arrived right on time this morning and in no time had the engine torn apart. The parts are ordered and will hopefully arrive Thursday. We hope to be back on the water by Friday.

So what better way to spend our down time by touring Savannah? We checked into the hotel and hoped on a trolley for a tour of this beautiful city. It’s what everyone says – beautiful, quaint and filled with southern charm. We had another fabulous dinner at The Olde Pink House, a reclaimed mansion.

Today’s theme: Easy Does It. It’s not the destination it’s the journey. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s developments!

Thursday October 2, 2014

Weather: 80s Sunny!!!
In Port: Savannah, GA “Marina”: Holiday Inn Express

HAPPY TO BE IN SAVANNAH!

4 AM is SO Early

We had an early wakeup call! 04:00!! Some prankster pulled the fire alarm. That was a first for us – a hotel evacuation. We took Archie to the Square by the hotel and he had a grand time.

After an AA meeting, a visit to the marina and a few work phone calls we continued our tour of Savannah. We hopped on hopped off the trolley and saw the sights. We toured the Andrew Low house. Andrew Low was Juliette Gordon Low’s father in law. Juliette Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts. After her father in law’s death she lived in this house with her husband. This home is the first Girl Scout headquarters. It was a beautiful period home. We also visited the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.

Bear with me for a little Savannah history. Savannah is laid out in a grid pattern with Squares (Parks) in each grid. Each Square is named after a historical figure and most have a monument in the center. The monuments are not necessarily the same as the historical figure that the Square is named for. I have included pictures of Wright Square and its monuments. The center monument is the Gordon Monument in honor of William Gordon.William Gordon was Juliette Gordon Low’s grandfather. The monument was constructed over the grave of Chief Tomochichi.

Gordon Monument

Tomochichi was the Chief of the Yamacraw Indians. His tribe occupied the bluff where the colonists landed. He agreed to move his tribe upriver. The Yamacraw Indians and the colonists coexisted peacefully due to Tomochichi’s leadership. Upon his death he requested that he be buried among the colonists. He was buried in Wright Square. When the Gordon monument was erected over Tomochichi’s grave, Nellie Kinzie Gordon, Juliette’s mother, was appalled. She obtained a large granite stone and placed it in the park in honor of Chief Tomochichi. His grave remains under the Gordon monument.

Boat news – The parts arrived and the engine was repaired. We will prepare and provision Courage Friday and continue on our journey early Saturday morning.

Next stop …. Jekyll Island, GA.

 

 

Admiral Archie is “Savannah Day Dreamin” – Part 8

COURAGE’S JOURNEY FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO KEY WEST, FL

Bob the Mechanic

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Weather: 70s Sunny!!!
In Port: Savannah, GA “Marina”: Holiday Inn Express

MAKING LEMONADE (FROM LEMONS)!

We spent a comfortable night on Courage and decided to get a hotel room in Savannah for a few days. A real bed, private bathroom, TV and AC!

The mechanic arrived right on time this morning and in no time had the engine torn apart. The parts are ordered and will hopefully arrive Thursday. We hope to be back on the water by Friday.

River Drive

 

 

 

So what better way to spend our down time by touring Savannah? We checked into the hotel and hoped on a trolley for a tour of this beautiful city. It’s what everyone says – beautiful, quaint and filled with southern charm. We had another fabulous dinner at The Olde Pink House, a reclaimed mansion.  Today’s theme: Easy Does It. It’s not the destination it’s the journey.

 

 

 

Big Pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s developments!