Jul 08, 2017

Leg 2 Day 2 – Off to the Atlantic Coast

We awoke early to a beautiful morning at Roland Martin Marina – sunny, calm, and not too hot. It wasn’t hard to wake up before 7am when you go to sleep at 9pm!! After doing some chores to get the boat better organized and taking some photos, we started the engines at 9:35am and were…
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Jul 07, 2017

Leg 2 – Day 1 – Good Bye Cape Harbour – Hello Adventure

Today, after 5 years, 7 months, and 14 days, Two Far Gone left her current home port of Cape Harbour Marina, in Cape Coral, Florida to begin the second leg of the Great Loop Adventure. The stay at Cape Harbour was years longer than expected but life’s circumstances led to a changed timeframe. Better late…
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Nov 26, 2011

The Finishing Touches

The first leg of our Great Loop Adventure has come to a close. The voyage was an amazing experience – one that will always be a favorite. In summary, we departed October 1, 2011 from Afton, MN and arrived safely on November 23, 2011 at Cape Coral, Fl. Two Far Gone traveled with Ray and Patti Hoversen…
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Nov 23, 2011

Day 42 – We Made It!

The last day of the journey was beautiful! We departed Venice and proceeded to cruise south on the Gulf of Mexico to Boca Grande Pass. As soon as we started cruising on the calm and beautiful turquoise water of the Gulf, I got into my “vacation is over funk” – I wanted this day to…
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Nov 22, 2011

Day 41 – Clearwater, FL – Venice, FL

Today was our second to the last day of this fabulous journey! We departed Clearwater on a sunny day and went back out onto the Gulf of Mexico for a cruise to Venice. The seas were calm today and the cruise seemed very short compared to yesterday – just 63 short miles. We needed to arrive…
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Nov 21, 2011

Day 40 – The Gulf Crossing

Today is the day to cross!! We all awoke very early – some as early as 3am, with everyone being up before 5am. Both boats were filled with nervous energy. Everyone was busy doing their part to prepare for departure with very little conversation. We put all accessories on the floor and secured the doors…
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Nov 20, 2011

Day 39 – The Wait Continues

Today was another day of waiting to cross the Gulf of Mexico – based on our comfort level, today’s seas were  still too high for us to cross. There is hope for tomorrow with the wave predictions ranging from 1.5-3 feet. Today was an interesting day. As we continued to monitor the wind and wave forecasts, the fact…
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Nov 19, 2011

Day 38 – One Step Closer

Even though the winds were going to be around 15mph today, we decided to leave Apalachicola and head to Carrabelle, FL . We intend to begin our Gulf crossing from there instead of Apalachicola as we hear the Government Cut out of Apalachicola is pretty shoaled over. So we said goodbye to our home of the last…
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Nov 18, 2011

Days 35-37 – The Waiting Game

We have spent the last 3 days in Apalachicola watching the wind and wave height forecasts and waiting for both to settle down to acceptable levels. We have monitored buoy websites and marine forecasts daily and have spoken to many locals and other boaters, including Lady Chateau, regularly to determine the right time and route…
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Nov 15, 2011

Day 34 – Panama City, FL – Apalachichola, FL

Based on the wind and wave forecast for the Gulf of Mexico, it is clear we will not be crossing the Gulf of Mexico in 2-3 days as we had hoped. For the next 4 days, the forecast is for winds from the South/Southeast at 10-20mph and wave heights up to 6ft. While the wind speeds…
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