Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jacksonville to Green Cove Spring, FL

Great Harbour Trawler Goes Fast - we cruised 107 Statue Miles yesterday with an average of 9.034 mph. We had the wind at our backs - pushing. We traveled with the current and Lady Luck was being nice to us. We approached Jacksonville Landing near Sunset.

Wilma prepared John Henry for docking. Bow line, Forward Spring Line, Aft Spring Line, and a Stern Line all to Port. Five Fenders were arranged for Floating Docks. The skiff was brought in to Anchor/Docking Position. Wink wanted to dock Port side so the bow could be into the current. Wilma went to her station at the stern, opened the gate - Wink performed a perfect about face and gently landed the vessel along the floating dock - Wilma stepped across to the floating dock, retrieved a spring line from Wink and secured the boat to the floating dock.
Wink and Wilma deployed the Bow Line, Aft Spring Line, and repositioned the Forward Spring Line, Stern Line and finally the Skiff. Shane (a passerby) came by and assisted with the Skiff. He's been dreaming about having a trawler and hopes to do the Great Loop when he retires in 12 years. His wife, Brandy - I believe - joined him and we gave them tour of John Henry.

Wink and Wilma arrived at Jacksonville Landings about 8:40 pm just after sunset but before the light was gone.

John Henry at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Jacksonville Landings, Florida.
Wink, Wilma and Sara the Sea Dog left at 7:00 a.m. and should arrive in Green Cove Springs, Florida around 10:00 this morning.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

John Henry & Land Traveling

During our last blog session - you will remember that we made it to Ft. Pierce, Florida.John Henry with Tender on face dock at Ft. Pierce, Florida
next to Harbor Cove Restaurant (not included in photo).

Once morning, we looked out and there were three (3) sharks cruising the inlet.

Our friends Fred and Judy from M/V Amarse were staying in Stuart (about 15 miles south of Ft. Pierce). They had already gotten their car so they offered us a ride to Sarasota to get our car. We stayed at the condo overnight - enjoyed the hot tub and the company.

Before we left Sarasota, we went to the nursing home and visited with Anna, Wink's Mom.
She seems to be much the same - mumbles and has no recognition of anyone. Her physical health continues to be okay. She doesn't walk but a few steps at a time with assistance.

We kept hearing knocks on the hull. The knocks turned out to be Jack Carvel fish chasing other fish and bumping into the hull. Wilma took lots of photos and this one was the nicest photo.

Jan and Brian from M/V Roving Seas crossed the Gulf Stream with us, but continued on to Vero Beach to hang out on a Mooring. We got together a couple of times for dinner.

These are the new officers of our boat owners club. Wilma is now the President.
Fred is the Vice President, Bettie - secretary, and Punk with dog is the Treasurer.
Of course, Sara the sea dog is also in the picture.
If you want to know more about the boat owners club
GHTA (Great Harbour Trawler Association)

The GHTA meeting was held in conjunction with the Mirage Mfg Technical Seminar
put on by the Boat Builder to help owners with questions & techniques
for maintaining their vessels.
Mirage Mfg provides a low-country boil dinner after their Thursday session. Wink was really enjoying the Shrimp, Mussels, Corn, Carrots, Potatoes, and Sausages. Mmmm, Mmmm, Good.

Wilma's niece Jan, her husband Dee and their two children, Tanner and Jenna went over to the condo and stayed for a week. They also drove over to see John Henry in Ft. Pierce. They stayed overnight and we had a great time gathering shells at the beach - then making their grandmother (my sister) a necklace.

Wink and Wilma also took some time to clean out the boat and take a load of stuff over to the condo. The bedroom really looks good now. Our Master Stateroom is in the Bow. From the entrance to the Master Stateroom, the office is to Starboard (Right).

The office of the President (GHTA) that is.

Tim from Cloud X along with his wife Lena came for a weekend visit to the condo.
We went out to dinner at Javier Restaurant for dinner.
Peruvian Food - Excellent (Wilma's Favorite Special Restaurant)
Lena picked out one of Wink's jewelry pieces and asked Wink to make her earrings to match.

She also wanted a Sterling Silver Cross - Above.

We went to the Municipal Marina in Ft. Pierce to the Arts & Crafts show
The weather was very hot - there was guy dressed in a character suit.
Our friend Michael who does wire wrapping talked to Mets mascot.
Wilma held down the Jewelry Booth while Michael visited with the Mascot.

We left Ft. Pierce, FL early on Sunday, May 9th
Happy Birthday - Happy Mother's Day
to Wilma's Mom.
We soon discovered that Roberta and Steve on M/V Indemnity was not far ahead of us.
We chatted on the Radio and anchored near each other in the evening at Addison's Point.
Wink and Wilma jumped into their skiff and went over to Indemnity for a short happy hour.
The following day we traveled trough the Haulover Canal. We saw five (5) Manatee, lots of wildlife and of course a Cormorant drying it's wings.

MV John Henry at Loggerhead Club and Marina
The winds and current were against us most of the day keeping our speed even
slower than normal. We were certain that we would
not be able to reach St. Augustine or the planned anchorage before dark.
Wink and Wilma decided to pull into a marina in Daytona - Loggerhead Club and Marina.
It is a beautiful place and ran well. However, they charge LOA. Length Over All.
They have a nice hot tub and pool which we enjoyed. Caribbean Jacks Restaurant looked great, but we're dieting - so we ate on the boat.
We had a great night's sleep - left the Marina this morning at 8:20 a.m.
The winds, current and good luck have joined us today.
We're cruising fast - 10.6 mph
Location - Just north of Cresent Beach Bridge, Florida
We should arrive Green Cove Springs, FL tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

More Happenings in - Bahamas (The Abacos)

In February, Man-O-War Cay sponsors a flea market and invites anyone to participate. All marketers table fees are donated to the local schools. Wink and Wilma went with Judy from MV Amarse on the Ferry to Man-O-War because the winds were blowing strong. At the flea market, we had to build a barricade to keep our wares on the table. Wink and Wilma were selling the wire-wrapped jewelry that Wink creates and Judy sold her jewelry and cigar box purses. We met our friend Sue from MV Odyssey there also. She had her jewelry and shell decorations for sale.

Sara stayed home and took care of Baby Zebra.

The dock was getting empty near the end of March. Double JJ, John Henry, and Pokey are the last Great Harbour's on Dock 4. Double JJ left shortly after this photo. Silver Queen, another Great Harbour also left the day before we left. Pokey was left all alone, but only for a day - Becki and Tim flew in and met us at Manjack Cay.

Our niece Lee Ann came for a visit the last week we were in Marsh Harbour. We went to Mermaid Reef for snorkeling. I had never notice before, but this year, they had memorial plaques where you can have your loved one's ashes buried into a reef. Wink photographed this one and I was truly surprised by the name on it. Both my cousins (David and Curt Douglas White) have passed away years ago. It's a good reminder of them.

The weather this year in the Bahamas was like the rest of North America - colder than usual.
Wink was able to only get a few lobsters before the cold set in. This little guy seems to know that he's in a "no take zone" and posed for his picture.

Lee Ann, Wilma and Wink
taken at a BBQ put on by The Silver Foxes.

On the nice weather days, we would occasionally take the dingy out to Man-O-War
and have lunch at Dock-N-Dine.
Wink played Bocce with the guys every week in Marsh Harbour.
After the majority of the boaters left for the season, three couples
decided to have a couples play off .
Above: S/V Tally Ho: Andrew and Vanessa
M/V John Henry: Wink and Wilma
Taking Photo: M/V Roving Seas: Jan and Brian
Surprise - Each Team won once.
M/V Peeples Choice: Paul and Claudia
traveled with M/V Roving Seas: Jan & Brian
and us on M/V John Henry
from Marsh Harbour to Manjack Cay when we left on April 2, 2010

Once we anchored Jim and Kathy from M/V Fennders arrived on their skiff,
their boat was docked at the Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay.
All four groups of boaters went ashore and enjoyed the walking tour to the Ocean Side Beach.
Manjack is a privately owned island, maintained well and generously allows boaters
to enjoy the island - with maintained paths, and clean beaches.
Family Beach Portrait
Wink, Wilma and Sara the Sea Dog

Our second day at Manjack, the three groups decided to go over to Green Turtle Cay
and check out Bluff House for next season. They are offering RMHYC members
a deal starting next August and we wanted to confirm our boats would
fit into their slips. Everyone enjoyed a drink at the bar/deck.
Lexi and Clarissa
from M/V Pokey caught up with us in Manjack
and cruised with us to Allans-Pensacola Cay and Grande Cay.
Wilma's in her dive suit in the background.
Wink's driving the boat.
The girls are graduating high school this May.
We had lots of fun with them.
Sara the Sea Dog and Wilma in her snorkel suit.
Wink towed Wilma behind the skiff at the end of the day.
Wilma found and caught 6 Conch (The Limit)
John Henry at Fort Pierce, FL
Harbortown Marina
At 5:00 pm - a vote was taken, M/V John Henry, M/V Pokey and M/V Roving Seas
left the bank at Grande Cay and went into the Atlantic Ocean.
M/V Peeples Choice had departed from us as we all left Manjack heading for Allan-Pensacola.
It was a night crossing - John Henry' radar decided not to function,
no worries -we're traveling with two other boaters.
Our depth sounder also stopped working - no worries - we're in deep water.
The weather was predicted with east winds - 2-4 ft waves.
We should have a nice push across the Gulf Stream.
THE REALITY: Waves were 4-6 ft. sometimes more - the skiff was surfing down waves, jerking on the boat -worrying us that it would come loose.
After line lengthening, things were better until 4:00 am.
Once line came off the skiff (good thing we tow with two lines )
We contemplated putting the line back on - Not Happening!
We decided we might loose the skiff.
Fortunately, we all slowed down to 5-1/2 knots and made
it in to Ft. Pierce at 9:00 am with the skiff in tow.
Pokey and John Henry took a dock at Harbortown Marina while Roving Seas continued 15 miles up the ICW to their destination - Vero Beach, FL.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Happenings in Bahamas

Fred and Sidonia on MV Shearwater sponsored a Veggie Car Race for the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club. The racers were made of all vegetables - only the axels were allowed to be wood.

A trophy was given to the winner - Trophy in center.
The RMHYC held a Arts & Crafts Exhibit. Many boaters have creative hobbies
on board their boats. This year, due to the cool winter, many boater had lots of time
to work on their hobbies. It was amazing to see the talent that floats about.
Wink displays his underwater photography and wire wrapped jewelry.
Sidonia from MV Shearwater makes Pine Needle Baskets.
She taught many RMHYC members the Art.
Four couples went out for Valentines Day.
Wink and Wilma, Fred and Sherry, Dick and Ann, and Judy and Fred.Travis & Jessica Fickett came by with a friend for dinner. They were on college break and enjoying a week on MV Spoonbill - N47 Charter Vessel
Wilma painted this Lionfish and created the display piece.
Kathy from MV LoKee creates wonderful paintings.

Judy from MV Amarse makes Jewelry and Pine Needle Baskets

Judie from MV Double JJ ties Flies for Fishing.
A view of Dock 4 with Dingy's heading out for an Adventure and
lunch at Cracker P's.
GHTA Bahamas Cruise
Great Harbour Trawler Association - Bahamas Cruise
The weather was so windy that the Cruising was not possible. The cruise was not the most important thing as we all were docked near each other.
We did however, think that a Happy Hour was important.
Photo taken on GH47 Pokey's Roof Deck.
From Left: Gene & Judy - GH37 LoQueSeA
Sue & Paul GH37 - Odyssey
Sheila & Neil - N37 Silver Queen
Lois & Karl - GH37 Puffin
Becki & Tim - GH47 Pokey
Judie & Jonathan - GH37
Wilma & Wink - GH47 John Henry
Wink and Wilma display their GH47 Mirage Shirts.
W ink and Fred help Tim move Pokey to the Boat Yard for Bottom Paint.
Wink went fishing with Steve several times. Steve is pleased with
his new boat and his catch - Queen Trigger Fish.
Our friends Chris and Sandra came for a visit and enjoyed the heated Pool.
Family Picture
Wilma (Grandma), Emma, Toni, Amber, Wink (Grandpa)
Sherry and Wilma
saying goodbye for now
Sherry and Fred leave Marsh Harbour on their SV Chippka Fire.