From March 2013 until August 2013, We captained a rented 38 foot power Catamaran,
running the Intra-Coastal Waterways of the Eastern United States.
We began the journey in Cape Coral Florida visiting 7 States and the final destination
was a full circle visit of the Chesapeake Bay.
To read more about this adventure:
See the Journal hyperlinks bottom left
See the Gallery hyperlinks bottom right
We accomplished much during the four months on the water:
Gary has become an excellent and cautious driver. He can back the boat into any slip.
Candy knows how to make the boat secure in any weather and which lines to remove
last when leaving port
We have learned to respect mother nature and her power over wind and water
Gary learned that navigating the boat is easier than he expected but it is boring.
The computer program validated what we were seeing on the water via the markers.
Candy learned that boating is more physical than she expected. Kneeling to: secure
lines or remove lines from the boat; turn the anchor around for proper storage; turning
water on and off for rinsing the anchor; making the anchor secure, placement of
the fenders or bumper boards, pulling out or storing the electrical lines and water
We learned that having hands free two way radios is best for accurate communications
between captain and crew
Here are things we won’t miss about the boat:
Gary won’t have to climb into bed twice each night.
My home won’t smell like an outhouse or having to watch for the red warning light
on the poop holding tank
Gary won’t miss the minuscule kitchen
We won’t miss the bugs
The best definition I have heard of modern warfare is, “Months of boredom punctuated
by moments of extreme terror.” From a snippet of The New York Times Current History
Of the European War (1915).
We won’t miss the diesel fumes
We won’t miss the humidity
The currents, wind, inaccurate weather reports, shifting channels and getting in
and out of marinas makes Candy anxious. Gary was very uncomfortable/tense at times
Traveled 2,153 miles on the water
Total # of days on water 116
Repairs totaled $2,199.09
Diesel totaled $5,250.24
Spent total of $4,738.58 for slips or mooring balls
83 days at slips or mooring balls
Average spent per night $57.09
Nights at anchor 33
The Erie Canal was closed for 6 weeks and trapped over 70 boats. Good thing we did
not continue on the Loop.