After Tropical Storm Barry, the girls posed for a picture in Sarasota City Park. John Henry
was docked straight across in Marina Jack's. (Remember to double click pictures for enlargements).
From Sarasota, FL we traveled north back to Egmont Key near Tampa. We anchored for a couple of days and went Fishing and Shelling. Egmont Key was the best shelling yet. Amber and Emma collected enough shells to give some for gifts. On Saturday, June 9th, we raised anchor and departed via the Gulf of Mexico and spent the day cruising and fishing all the way down to Pelican Bay, just inside Boca Grande Pass. Wilma caught 4 spanish mackerel on the trip with each one bigger than the last. We asked Amber and Emma to hold the fish for us.
We arrived at Pelican Bay which Emma thinks should be called Dolphin Bay because of how many Dolphins she counted. Amber and Emma spent time with Grandma counting dolphins, having snack and writing in their journals from the fly bridge. A little piece of paradise.
Just as we were turning on the generator for the evening charge the impeller broke. We spent a hot even in the dark while Wink made the repair which only took 3 hours. We had cold sandwiches and bedtime stories with headlights.
The next morning we motored north to Cape Haze, FL to Palm Island Marina and MarineMax to have our boat bottom painted. MarineMax has a 100,000 lb lift. John Henry weighed in
at 61,000 lbs. (including fuel tank at 90% full, water tank at 50% full, and the holding
tank - empty).
The Marina had great weather and no requirement for the crane for 3 days so they left John Henry in the crane for safety. They started the job on Monday and we splashed back in on Thursday morning. They did a very nice job. WE DECIDED TO STAY A COUPLE OF DAYS
AND ENJOY THE POOL. THIS IS PARIDISE.... 20 FT FROM BOAT TO POOL! Amber and Emma are in photo in front of John Henry. They both swim like Mermaids.
Amber is cruising the bottom of the pool.
Emma prefers no goggles - she's a natural.