Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Back in Florida…At Least I Am

We are getting very close to getting back underway on our Great Loop adventure as I arrived back down in Florida on April 2nd, 2013. I have come on ahead to work on a task list of things that need to get done before we get back underway. Lisa is still back in Colorado…but not for long! She will be joining me in a few days.

While I was still in Colorado I spent a lot of time working on routes for the resumption of the cruise. We will be crossing our wake in Stewart, Florida. We are reeeeeeally looking forward to that. To be frank I have already plotted our routes almost to Savannah, GA.

To get back to Florida I first drove from Denver to St. Louis (with an overnight stop in Lawrence, Kansas) where I gathered up all my things, packed and got on board Southwest Airlines flight 236 that first went to Fort Lauderdale then backtracked to Tampa. The leg from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa was interesting in that the course took us towards Fort Meyers, Florida where I was able to get a bird’s eye view of some of the canal that we’ll be on to cut across the peninsula. Unfortunately I was not able to see Lake Okeechobee. Even coming into Tampa International Airport was fun in that the course took us over the Sarasota/Bradenton/Palmetto area from very high altitude and slightly to the east where I was able to see the entire bay including the Manatee River and Regatta Pointe Marina. We were too far away to actually eye-ball the boat at the marina.

Upon arriving back at the marina I was happy to see that the detailers were putting the finishing touches on Why Knot. And I must say she looks purdy! She shines very nicely now. Everything else on the boat was shipshape too. It was good to be back on-board. All I need is my crew and I’ll be all set.

Here is a recap on some info about our cruise thus far.
Our longest routes
The Crossing       172.5 miles
Hoppies (Kimmswick, MO) to Cape Girardeau, MO          106.2 miles
Buttermilk Sound (GA) to Isle of Hope Marina (Savannah, GA)   82.25
Heritage Harbor (Ottawa, IL) to Peoria, IL                              80.29 
Average Speed             6.8 smph average overall. Our average speed since leaving St. Louis on Election Day has been 7.38 smph. I ran her at higher rpms and speeds ever since we exited the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Fuel consumption - About 2.45 gph overall average. That’s about 3 statute miles per gallon. The most economical cruising environment has been Georgian Bay, North Channel and Lake Michigan, which makes sense as it was all open water without any stops or slowdowns on the routes. We could get to cruising speed and stay there for long periods. Least economical has been the Trent-Severn Waterway…basically anywhere with locks.

Can you tell I am getting back into go-boat mode?            

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're back in FL and getting ready to resume your Loop. Are you doing it again? Joy and I are in Savannah,GA and will be for the next 5 days. The weather is supposed to turn crappy so we're stayin' put and letting it go on by. Finally got Proud Lady running again after many aggrevating miles, marinas, and mechanics. We'll most likely see you and Lisa along the AICW. Bill & Joy