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jennykatz



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:39 am    Post subject: Keys after Reply with quote

I think you will have no problem getting Cbratís to come with you We have a wedding to go to on that next weekend so no go but enjoy .
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thataway



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Keys trip Reply with quote

Fontanacdory wrote:
I was planning after Hontoon Island going on a little trip to Florida Keys by launching at Flamingo in the Everglades National Park. Going across Florida bay through the back country where their are many islands and small channels with lots of wildlife. Iím very familiar with this area because I grewup in the Keys. Iím undetermined how far Iím going but very flexible if anyone wants to head out with me.


It should be an interesting trip. We have launched at both the salt water ramp, (Florida Bay) and the fresh water ramp (Everglades). We were disappointed in the lack of birds in the Everglades, but found many more on and about the Islands of Florida Bay. Your knowledge of the back channels should do you well. We did not have that, and had to stick to the better shown charted channels,

What is your proposed track?

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Gulfcoastjohn



Joined: 03 Oct 2017
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After Hontoon, weíll be going to Calusa Island marina, more for the warmth than the wildlife. 10,000 islands, Everglades rivers to explore.

http://calusaislandmarina.com/

Since my childhood experiences, it seems to me like the Everglades has become a sterile grass river, compared to the St. John. You will guaranteed see far more birds, gators, turtles and other wildlife on the Hontoon Dead River in one day than in three days at Everglades City.
I donít know what killed the Everglades (released pet pythons, bad hydrologic issues, etc) but itís sad. If you have time, explore the Everglades first, and you will spend all time possible at Hontoon rather than there. Thatís my bet.
We were in a rental house with our boat and 70 ft dock at Islamorada Dec 29- Jan 6, and pushing north it was very disappointing how little wildlife we saw compared to Hontoon.

Hope you have a great time in any event!
John

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jennykatz



Joined: 15 Dec 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:01 am    Post subject: calusa island Reply with quote

John we will have to meet up with you guys at
Calusa island We live in north Naples See you at Hontoon also Jim
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rcnight



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:31 am    Post subject: Hontoon Gathering Reply with quote

I've become interested in the C-Dory and would like to attend this gathering to gain some personal insight from current owners. I thought my 23 SeaCraft was my "forever" boat but now I'm having second thoughts. What is the best day(s) to attend? You think I might be able to hitch a ride on a 25? Looking forward to meeting you all.
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Avidmagnum12



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you wanting to learn more about C-Dorys be sure to come to the gathering. If you can come for only one day I recommend Wednesday as the most boats will be there. Iím sure we can arrange for you to get a ride on a 25. The 25 I have now is my second ďforever boatĒ. But this time I mean it! 😇

If you have any questions send me a PM.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a great couple of days on the St. Johns river around Hontoon Island. The weather was cold for Florida but that put a lot of birds at the rivers edge. Only saw one alligator but with the cool temperatures even one was a pleasant surprise. Stopped at Hontoon to check on the dock progress and was told by the Park Manager and the construction crew that it would be completed by March. We started planning our after gathering trip to Jacksonville. It may take a week or so for the C-Otter to make it that far but for anyone in a hurry you can usually make it in a day. Water flows freely and so do we. Lots to see on the way.

Tom

I put a photo of the docks in the C-Otter folder for anyone that wants to look.
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colbysmith



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We started planning our after gathering trip to Jacksonville. It may take a week or so for the C-Otter to make it that far but for anyone in a hurry you can usually make it in a day


You can sign us up to follow you. We will have to be back and pulling out by the 19th however, but that shouldn't be a problem. Colby
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stclairgal



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:14 pm    Post subject: Hontoon Reply with quote

Hi C-brat friends!
We plan to attend this gathering, provided the weather allows us to trailer Dragonfly down from Michigan. We can't wait to reunite with old friends and make some new ones!
Dragonfly is for sale, so if you know anyone interested, please let them know about Dragonfly. Pictures are in our album. If you have questions, PM me. Dragonfly is a 2007 25 Cruiser with a 2015 aluminum trailer. Asking $60K.
Here is the listing:
http://www.c-brats.com/viewtopic.php?t=27076
We would be happy to take any prospective buyers for a ride on the St. John River!
If everything works out, we would also love to join the group cruising to Jacksonville!
See you soon,

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Blue Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just added our name to the event list but we aren't able to bring our boat because we can't fit the drive to Florida and back into our schedule. Our plan is to fly down and stay on the mainland. We are going to miss cruising our boat on the St Johns but are looking forward to seeing old friends again and making new ones at the gathering. See you there!
Jim & Jeanine

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Larry K



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue rose

We are also going to Hontoon Island and not bring our boat. We are staying at the Artisan Downtown hotel in Deland, wanted to stay at Hontoon marina but at the time they were full. It will be our 5 or 6 year at the gathering and love all the information we learn.

Hope to see all soon.

Larry and Wendy Krabach

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Gulfcoastjohn



Joined: 03 Oct 2017
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:30 pm    Post subject: hontoon Reply with quote

Only because our esteemed hosts, Tom and Joyce, have mentioned a post-Hontoon slow (and I do mean SLOW) cruise to Jacksonville, weíll share a Bucket List possible destination with our Brat friends:

Cumberland Island is a national treasure a bit north of Jacksonville (great marina and ramp at NAS JAX for retired DOD, and Navy Gateway Inn lodging overlooking the river for $71/nightÖthatís our enroute stopover to Hontoon. Really good security, guys and gals with tactical shotguns and M-16ís in the trunk who are well trained on how to use them).

We highly recommend Greyfield Inn (only 16 rooms in the historical Carnegie mansion) for a bucket-list 2 day stay. Seems expensive, but includes 3 gourmet meals w picnic bag lunch, all day beach/island tour by a naturalist on bench seats in the back of pickup, beach bikes, fishing gear, kayaks etc. This makes you the only 32 folks on all of the upper island, which is huge. No kids.

http://greyfieldinn.com/

We had a blast in July a few years ago , though it was hot. Ancient plumbing and some Ďsharedí baths.

They donít advertise it, but it is possible to arrange just dinner (maybe breakfast?) and they donít promise dock space availability at the Greyfield dock (see satellite pics). March may be too cold. 15 miles of fab beach hiking or biking from the southeast sandy spots you see, but 10 foot tides.
Otherwise, you get there by ferry from St Mary direct to Greyfield Inn.

Iím just mentioning this for those coming from amazing distances who otherwise would not know that Cumberland Island had anything other than primitive tent camping spots on the South end (nothing wrong with liking that; we used to!).
Just something to considerÖin March, they wonít be full and may be accommodating.

PS you canít BYOB, and the prices at the Ďhonest johní bar are not listed, but they were $9 each for a Coors Lite (as Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise, surprise, surprise!). But if youíve been on a cruise ship, maybe not a surprise.
For us, it was a hoot!

(However, for those of you who already know us, most everything in boating is a Hoot!).

Happy Boating!
John
PS: Colby, you can only do Greyfield with Rosanne.
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PaulNBriannaLynn



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Responsibilities will keep us from making the slow cruise north after the event, but would like to meet back up at Cumberland Island if the timing is right. We've been wanting to explore the ruins at Dungeness and do some hiking around there.

Its an unpredictable time of year weather wise in Southeast GA/Northern Florida. Last year we spent the end of February at Neptune beach it was 87 degrees, and we had below freezing temps shortly after that. Hoping for the warm stuff this year

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colbysmith



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PS: Colby, you can only do Greyfield with Rosanne.


Thanks John. But her time is limited due to work, so we'll probably be making the high speed run back to Ed Stone after we all get to Jacksonville. Colby
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thataway



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our experience in Pensacola, and the slightly lower latitude of Hontoon is that by mid March the temperatures are fairly moderate. We have only been by Cumberland in the middle of the summer, and the middle of a very cold winter --not the best times. . But we are willing to take a chance on the weather.
For the most part we don't do high end resorts, but the St. Mary's / Cumberland Island is a great cruising ground by itself. Theoretically a one days run from Jacksonville....but so many good places along the way!

We don't have to be back home until about the 22nd--and could entertain a rental car or even Uber, back to pick up our rigs vs running the St. John's.back up to Ed Stone.
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