On Wednesday 3-14-12 PIPEDREAM left St. Andrews Marina in Panama City, FL bound for Tarpon Springs. The 230 mile trip would take us 31-1/2 hours to complete. We started out in Fog and had to listen to the foghorn for over four hours. But the fog lifted around noon to reveal a really great day. Seas were approximately 2-4’ for the first 6 hours, then laid down handsomely to under 1 foot. The night was clear and cool and the crossing uneventful (thankfully). There is no substitution for good planning and good maintenance.
We arrived off Anclote Key to the standard mine field of crab traps and had to be very diligent all the way into the marked channel. Along the way, we gave thanks for the strong heavy construction of the GH47 and the roomy and comfortable confines of our boat. The Yanmar engines performed flawlessly.
We are now docked at Turtle Cove Marina in Tarpon Springs and have eaten our weight in Greek Food. The marina has new floating docks and is spotlessly maintained. It is only a two block walk to the sponge docks and we have had a wonderful time.
Now we are back in Atlanta for 10 days and will return to make our way to the east coast. We would love to know if anyone is going around the horn to Key West before starting North up the ICW. We will probably stop in Jacksonville for a while. But mostly, we don’t know what we are going to do and don’t care. We are just enjoying the boat, the scenery, the food and the boaters that we meet along the way.
Fair Seas All
Bill and Betsy Buckland