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December 2014 Boat Trip from Daytona to Fort Lauderdale

This page explains our latest travels by water that will begin December 28th 2014, weather permitting.  The adventure of setting out on long trips by water is both thrilling and relaxing at the same time.  We kept the boat name Promise because we feel we have been completely blessed by our savior Jesus Christ and he allows us to have health and the money allowing us to live life at it’s fullest.  We are always willing to share our faith and explain further if you are interested.

The first picture if our arrival in Daytona after leaving snow and sub zero temps in Indiana.  We launched the boat November 20th (pictured below)

Promise at Dock in Daytona

Promise at Dock in Daytona

 

Promise is a 2001 31ft Tiara open we purchased in the spring of 2013 after selling our sailboat in December of 2012.  Promise had very low hours but needed updated electronics and new canvas.  We spent the winter of 2013/14 updating the systems, cleaning and waxing.  We had a new trailer built to allow us to haul it to and from Florida with our dually F350 truck

The trip:

We started early morning Monday December 29th.  The first day was all down the inter-coastal waterway (ICW).  We made it to North Palm beach the first night just before dark.  The next morning we were able to travel by sea to Hillsboro Inlet where we spent the night at Lighthouse Point Marina where we spent the day and evening connecting with some old friends.

The next morning we traveled by sea to Fort Lauderdale where we spent the remainder of our time.

We started the trip home the morning of January 3rd.  We tried to go by sea but when faced with 8ft waves at the Lauderdale inlet turned around and traveled the entire way by the ICW.

The first day we made it to Fort Perce and the following day back to Daytona.  We used a tracking device that shows our travels below:

Map of trip

Traveling south down the ICW

Traveling south down the ICW

Lots of computers

Lots of computers

First Mate Debby

First Mate Debby

Hillsboro Inlet

Hillsboro Inlet

At the Dock in Lighthouse Point

At the Dock in Lighthouse Point

Our old sailboat still docked there, funny still named Promise as well

Our old sailboat still docked there, funny still named Promise as well

Freighters off Fort Lauderdale

Freighters off Fort Lauderdale

Docked at Lauderdale

Docked at Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach

New Years at the Ritz

New Years at the Ritz

The trip home

The trip home

At dock in Fort Perce

At dock in Fort Perce

Great weather both days traveling

Great weather both days traveling

This trip was our longest with any powerboat and the boat did very well with no maintenance issues the entire trip.  As we return home, thank all our family and friends who took the time to come by and see us while in Florida.

 

 

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Christmas 2014 Trip from Daytona to Fort Lauderdale

This page explains our latest travels by water that will begin December 28th 2014, weather permitting.  The adventure of setting out on long trips by water is both thrilling and relaxing at the same time.  We kept the boat name Promise because we feel we have been completely blessed by our savior Jesus Christ and he allows us to have health and the money allowing us to live life at it’s fullest.  We are always willing to share our faith and explain further if you are interested.

The first picture if our arrival in Daytona after leaving snow and sub zero temps in Indiana.  We launched the boat November 20th (pictured below)

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Promise is a 2001 31ft Tiara open we purchased in the spring of 2013 after selling our sailboat in December of 2012.  Promise had very low hours but needed updated electronics and new canvas.  We spent the winter of 2013/14 updating the systems, cleaning and waxing.  We had a new trailer built to allow us to haul it to and from Florida with our dually F350 truck.

Annapolis

 

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The River

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Downtown

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Main Street

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Entering the port

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Dingy Ride

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Wednesday Morning

Sept. 26th Update

Post time Sept 26th. 1pm

Left the marina at 6:15 (first light) and hit the ocean 1/2 hour later. Fog gave us about 50 yards visibility and I thought that was enough till I heard the sound of a very large fog horn. We were going through a very small
passage around the southern tip of NJ and as it turns out was a very large
ferry as well. As the ferry captain hailed me on the radio I changed course
until the ferry captain said it was ok to resume course.

The fog began to lift around 10am but there are still overcast skies. The Delaware River is just a normal river with woods on both sides. It starts
several miles wide and then narrows to about a
mile near the nuclear power plant. The tide is going out and currently costing
us about 2 knots of speed and we work our way up the river. There are areas of
very large floating logs and other junk I assume from all the rain in the area.
All in all; normal river conditions and smooth seas. Only a few boats on the
bay all morning.

Seems the fuel filter issue of past trips is not an issue this trip. My tachometer which shows
engine speed stopped working and I checked all the
wiring. A bit tough to know engine speed. I’m sure I am on the high side.

Cape May last night was an experience. There was a portside restaurant called the Lobster House that had great food and was packed for
being a Sunday night. There are 20 or so fishing boats that bring the catch to
the dock and I’m sure that is where my dinner came from.

Today is a very long run. Sailing first light to last light in an effort to make the Chesapeake River. Plans are to be in Annapolis, MD by
tomorrow afternoon. The calm water allows me to catch up on some long overdue paperwork and communication by phone and email will go on
throughout the day.

 

Deleware River

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