Shakedown Cruise #1

Amy and I made the first of several shakedown cruises to the Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa.  This is one of the best anchorages on the Gulf coast and well known among the Florida boating community.  It was a gorgeous night on the hook and we utilized the Summer kitchen on the flybridge to grill chicken for dinner.  We made a list of the needed changes on Blue Horizon before departing on our extended trip.  What we didn’t know what that the dinghy that came with the boat would let us down.  The air chamber separated from the hull and it was a bit dicey getting her back to the mother ship. Amy had to hitch a ride with a neighboring boat and I brought the 11 year old dinghy back for salvage.  First order of business…. New Dinghy!

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin…

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I have always had a passion for boats and the sea and dreamed of one day doing a long voyage or living aboard a boat.  I was lucky enough to marry a woman that shared my sense of adventure and we spent many evenings talking about a trip like the Great Loop.  After owning several boats and having precious little time to use them given our hectic work schedules, we decided now is the time!  We opted to retire early and actually do the trip rather than talk about it.

 

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We purchased a 40 foot Mainship Trawler, naming her Blue Horizon for her Blue hull and hoping the weather gods will grant us fair skies for the trip ahead.  Our “plan” is to depart from our home port in Punta Gorda, FL around the middle of June,  traverse the Okeechobee Waterway to the InterCoastal Waterway and north to The Hudson River in New York.  Not sure how far we will get before leaving the boat and returning home for the winter months.  We will pick up where we left off in the spring and traverse the northern portion through Canada and the Great Lakes, down the Missippi and Illinois rivers to the Tennessee Tom Bigby waterway to Mobile, AL and finally making the last leg of the Gulf of Mexico to cross our wake.  Most “Loopers” do the 6000 trip in just over a year.

We invite you to follow along with us as we share our experiences aboard the Blue Horizon.