Retired preacher. Wife, Margaret, retired teacher. We began in '06 to spend part of the winter (6-8 weeks) in the Florida Keys on our 45' homebuilt cutter rig sailboat.
When I want to, I do boat repair and rebuilding. Just finished a one-year rebuild on a 34' trawler, and do not want any more of that. Only small jobs now - maybe a week or month. I've done my share of work, and now it is time to play.
Panama City, FL
May 2004 & May 2006: Isla Mujeres, MX,
July 2006: West Florida coast, Sarasota
February 2008: West Florida coast, Keys, Dry Tortugas,
February 2009: West Florida, Keys. Dry Tortugas
June 2009: West Flroida, keys, Dry Tortugas
Setting out Jan/Feb 2010, down West coast of Florida to Keys, hopefully Bahamas. Return no later than early May. Looking for crew person as my wife is unable (for the first time) to accompany me..
I just added an AIS transceiver to my boat. I always feel uneasy in the company of large vessels, especially at night and their running lights are not discernable. I have radar, but it does not do a good job computing the course and speed of other vessels, so the AIS will help there. But the truth is, I love electronic gadgets for the boat!