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Working Our Way Down the Florida Keys


Our travel today brought us to Mile 1150 on the ICW.  We are anchored in Community Harbor, Key Largo.  The three sister ships are once again reunited.  Sandy and Nancy’s Lily Pad was already anchored in the small harbor when Lady Bug and White Swan arrived.  Only boats with very shallow drafts can anchor in the shallowness of Community Harbor.  “Draft” is the term used for the distance from the bottom of the boat to the water’s surface.  Gemini catamarans have a draft of 20 inches.  Pat and Tom Dennis’ monohull boat, Swan, has a draft of six feet.  Therefore, they would be unable to go into a lot of anchorages we have been in with White Swan.  On the other hand, they could have been across the Gulf Stream by now, because their heavier boat can handle stronger winds than ours . There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of boats.  The important thing is to know the capabilities of your boat and sail her accordingly, respecting both the boat and Mother Nature.

Ed and Cheryl invited all of us over to their boat to watch a movie tonight.  We always enjoy movie night, especially since there is no TV aboard White Swan.  It took me five years to convince the captain of this boat, we needed a barbeque grill, so the way I figure it, in four more years we’ll have a TV on White Swan.  As with all things we have to wait for, it will be appreciated that much more when it happens.

One Comment

  1. Jim and Kathleen says:

    We just want to let you know that none of this looks like fun to us. We rather be mulching and weeding our yard.

    Miss you guys and my birthday will not be the same without sharing it with you.
    However, I know your friends will show you a grand time.

    We are going to Dayton to see our friend, Reg Land’s premier of his movie.

    I leave for Sedona on May 7, to go to a yoga retreat and Jim will ride the bike out and we will
    travel around Az, Utah and Mexico.

    We miss you being our playmates. See you in June.

    Big Hugs to you both

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