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Marco Flamingo



Joined: 09 Jul 2015
Posts: 821
City/Region: Seattle
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2004
C-Dory Model: 16 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Limpet
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill,

Thanks for the invite. It turns out that I've already booked my return flight; a red-eye on the 4th. I have classes on the 5th (saxophone and ceramics). I'm having too much fun.

The in-laws new place has a double garage. I'll check and see if a CD 16 will fit. Then I could have one on both coasts. I'm sure my father-in-law wouldn't object.

Mark
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colbysmith



Joined: 02 Oct 2011
Posts: 2615
City/Region: Madison
State or Province: WI
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Midnight Flyer
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Bob. We use pretty much the same route heading south, as we always try to work in a stop with Rosanne's uncle in Trenton KY, just north of Clarksville, Tn. Full routing is I39 from Madison, to Bloomington IL, then I74 to Champaign, I57 to just NW of Paducah, where we catch I24 to Nashville, then I65 to Montgomery Al, then Hwy 231 thru Dothan Al and down to intercept I10, over to I75. I've found going past Ocala and using the cutoff at Belleview and on to 42 into Ed Stone works real well. Colby
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little wing



Joined: 21 Sep 2016
Posts: 76
City/Region: Oakland, MI
State or Province: MI
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Toots
Photos: Toots
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

little wing wrote:
Here's a tentative. Having just been pushed into the no longer employed crowd, Wendy and I are thinking we can make this. However, there are a couple challenges: a) we are in Michigan, the land of lovely winters; and b) the boat is shrink wrapped, and put away for the winter. Provided we can get Toots back in cruising order, and the weather cooperates, I think we can make it.

Well, it's not working out as I had hoped. With a general lack of preparedness and a slow adjustment to the post work world, it has become obvious we won't be making the trip. We were looking forward to the cruise and meeting everyone. Hopefully another time or another gathering.
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colbysmith



Joined: 02 Oct 2011
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City/Region: Madison
State or Province: WI
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Midnight Flyer
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably the only guy that plows his front and back yard, but I'll be able to pull it out when it's time. Now, if our weather would calm down and warm up to allow for uneventful travel down and back to Hontoon, I would be happy! Colby

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hardee



Joined: 30 Oct 2006
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City/Region: Sequim
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sleepy-C
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colby, I have collected about 40 inches of snow here since Superbowl Sunday. I have been shoveling every day since then, but mostly for older folks, church folks, and neighbors. Finally, yesterday I got around to doing my own back walk and garage apron so i can get my truck out. Then I went over to where the boat is stored and shoveled that driveway too, just in case it turns into boating weather all of a sudden. I could see some blue sky patches while I was doing all that, but they were out over the Strait of Juan, and I was working in very wet, heavy knee + deep snow.

Your blue sky looks beautiful.

Harvey
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colbysmith



Joined: 02 Oct 2011
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City/Region: Madison
State or Province: WI
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Midnight Flyer
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Harvey, keep helping those others out. I do the same thing, but with a little Kabota tractor. I use to keep the blade on it in the winter, but the bucket works better. I can dig my way out of the back yard, as I store it in the back shed. Too many times I couldn't push my way out with just the blade. We also live on the end of the street, and don't have much room in front of our driveway. The plows always push the snow to the end of the road, which is in front of our house. While they would come by later with their big front end loaders to move the snow, with my bucket I can get it moved right away!
The sky did turn blue, and today we are up to 38 degrees. Later this evening however calling for a mix of flurries and freezing rain. Temps tonight going back down, and we won't see above freezing again until around the 23rd. Really hoping we stay above freezing during the daytime that week, and don't get to low at night. I'd like to load the boat for Hontoon, and also get the motor on the muffs and blow the fogging oil out and make sure it's running good, before dragging it down to Florida.
Sounds like you guys had a wild few days this past week. But I bet it all melts before ours does! Confused Just a very weird year for weather! Colby
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Water Bill



Joined: 31 Mar 2007
Posts: 111
City/Region: Lake Keowee, SC
State or Province: SC
C-Dory Year: 2018
Vessel Name: Mystery Girl (Ranger Tug R-23)
Photos: C-Swell
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Colby,
Arrived at Ed Stone last night, will launch and head to Hontoon this morning. Blue skies and no snow here😁. See you in a couple of weeks.

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colbysmith



Joined: 02 Oct 2011
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City/Region: Madison
State or Province: WI
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Midnight Flyer
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to it Bill. Enjoy your early time there. I keep telling myself I'd like to come down early and volunteer! Colby
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Avidmagnum12



Joined: 23 Mar 2013
Posts: 447
City/Region: Ocklawaha
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2011
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: C-Otter
Photos: C-Otter
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photo's of new docks at Hontoon sent by Water Bill.








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fiddlerami



Joined: 18 Feb 2019
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City/Region: Beverly Hills
State or Province: FL
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - sure looks like fun. We live in Florida and are currently looking for a C-Dory 16 cruiser. Don't have much time to make this event but maybe we'll find a boat before then - HOPE! Where do most folks launch where you can leave your cars?
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thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
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City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: thataway
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Launch at Ed Stone County Park--a few mils away. Rigs left there in the grass area. Seem to have been secure for up to a month.
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thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
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City/Region: Pensacola
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C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dusted off my antenna analyzer, and frequency counter.--I can check antennas, indecently from the radio for SWR. We can do a demonstration during the talk session if any interested. I don't have any Marine VHF antenna, but CB (11 meter) and 2 meter, very close to Marine VHF frequencies.. If anyone has a Marine VHF antenna, and they want to know if it is any good, we can check that.
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Yakmandu



Joined: 03 Nov 2017
Posts: 26
City/Region: Lake Lanier
State or Province: GA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 19 Angler
Vessel Name: Pops GO!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GulfCoastJohn, Im attending my first C-Dory gathering at Hontoon this year in my new-to-me 19 Angler. I read your post regarding the Wilderness Waterway. I am familiar with the Everglades and the Wilderness Waterway.

I paddled the Wilderness Waterway in 2011 in a kayak. The Nightmare section was completed by literally pulling my way through the Waterway. There is no way a traditional boat could complete this section based on overhang, depth and width at that time.

I have also paddled and sailed (Hobie Adventure/Tandem Island) from Chocoloskee to Flamingo and back numerous times. There is a small boat group called Watertribe that races from Tampa Bay to Key Largo - 300 miles. There are checkpoints in Chocoloskee and Flamingo which take you through Everglades National Park. I have participated in the event multiple time. My tribe name is Yakmandu.

If you visit the Watertribe forum, you can search for posts on the condition of the Wilderness Waterway and the Nightmare section. Ill try to post a couple links.

http://watertribe.org/forums/topic/everglades-update#post-32112

http://watertribe.org/forums/topic/nightmare-is-open-2019#post-33133

I would be happy to talk with you about the Everglades. I am also planning a trip from Chico to Flamingo, and back. I will skip the Nightmare.

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Byrdman



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City/Region: Cumberland River, Clarksville,
State or Province: TN
Vessel Name: " ? " After Rename Ceremony
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With regrets Im having to pull out of this gathering this year. Just cant get the stars to align properly. If any are traveling south thru the Nashville TN area give me a shout! Should be plenty of water down there after our current water conditions and/or levels....with another 3-5 on the way in the next 48 hours. Over 18 of rain since Jan 1, and that 3-5 inches predicted and falling now.
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PaulNBriannaLynn



Joined: 26 Oct 2012
Posts: 614
City/Region: Savannah
State or Province: GA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: TBD
Photos: Lorelei
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thataway wrote:
I dusted off my antenna analyzer, and frequency counter.--I can check antennas, indecently from the radio for SWR. We can do a demonstration during the talk session if any interested. I don't have any Marine VHF antenna, but CB (11 meter) and 2 meter, very close to Marine VHF frequencies.. If anyone has a Marine VHF antenna, and they want to know if it is any good, we can check that.


I'm gonna take you up on that Bob. I installed a 4 foot shakespere vhf antenna recently but only guessing that it works. Be great to know if my sodering job was terrible or if I'm good to go.

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