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Bradenton Blues

We had high expectations of our stay in Bradenton.  We planned to stay a full month, the first planned long term stay of our trip.  Marina economics were one of the drivers.  Another was a simple desire to sit still … Continue reading

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Boca Ciega Bay

We cleared our slip at Clearwater Beach early the day after New Years, added 100 gallons of diesel to our starboard tank, and headed South.  We were bound for Bradenton, on the Manatee river just south of Tampa Bay. It … Continue reading

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Clearwater Beach

We left Tarpon Springs feeling anxiety and a bit of melancholy.  Either our stay seemed too short, we were not fully recovered from the Crossing, or perhaps, we just needed more Greek food! Nonetheless, we put those emotions aside, tossed … Continue reading

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A Leap North

We’re running about 10 days behind our planned go date, as we finish a few things on the boat, and in our life tasks, before heading out.  We’re now looking at pushing off next Wednesday to accommodate a vet follow-up … Continue reading

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Sewing Aboard

Most of our boat projects involve protecting ourselves and our cruising home from water, sun, bugs, and other boats. It’s really that simple.  Big threats fit into one of these four buckets, and fabric can provide first line defense against the … Continue reading

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Loop from Above

Over the past few months, I’ve flown to Cleveland just about every way Southwest Airlines can get there from Houston.  I’ve connected in St. Louis, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago, Baltimore and Atlanta. Add flights to Ft. Lauderdale in May and … Continue reading

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Counting Down Days and Projects

On August 1, we crossed the 3 month threshold in the countdown to our ready date.  (If your memory or math are good, November 1 is our target ready date) Since we solidified our Great Loop ambitions earlier this year, … Continue reading

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7 Months to Go

In 7 months, our go light turns green.  We plan to cast off our lines, and begin our Great Loop Adventure. November 1, 2019 is our go date, when weather permitting, we motor past the Kemah Boardwalk for the last time, … Continue reading

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Fixing the Foredeck

The most significant fault identified during our marine survey prior to our purchase of “Anastasia III” (that was our KK42’s name when we bought her) was water penetration of the foredeck. This made the foredeck soft and spongey in several … Continue reading

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Pilothouse Windows

One spectacular thing about a Krogen 42 is the view from the pilothouse. For those uninitiated, the pilothouse is the inside place where you drive the boat. It’s out of the wind and weather, and all the best instruments and … Continue reading

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