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gunnelgrabber posted 07-11-2001 08:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for gunnelgrabber   Send Email to gunnelgrabber  
clark,..could you possibly tell lhg and me et al about your glades trip?( you recently referred to it in the 13' fixup post) i've always wanted to do that one .i imagine others would appreciate your impressions about it also. sure appreciate your applied (practical) performance research that you freely share and...i sure enjoyed your apalachicola river trip writeup way back in the library.great !..by the way..sure would like to see a picture of a 13' center console wailer with someone tribolet's height at the helm? that'd be a sight to see! thanks...lm
Clark Roberts posted 07-12-2001 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
lm, here's a short trip report... if you look at a Florida map you will see Flamingo (headquarters for the Everglades National Park) at the southern tip of the pennensula. About 100 miles north, on west (gulf) coast is the island town of Chokoloskee and the town of Everglades City. The only thing connecting Flamingo to Chokoloskee is everglades through which the park service has marked a water route called the "Wilderness Trail". On a clear , cool (for the everglades - 55-60 degrees)morning in Feb. two years ago, two 13 whalers and four adventurers made this run from Chokoloskee to Flamingo and return. One was my old 63 13' with stand-up center console and 40 merc and the other was a neighbor's 13 with 48 Spl Johnson. We launched at Chokoloskee ramp and had shallow water for first two miles and after that no problem.. we blasted through creeks, bays and rivers and ventured into Broad Creek... mistake... covered with branches and full of logs and snags.... couldn't turn aroung.. 3 hrs to go 2 miles... whew.... rangers said that they haven't been in there in about 6 years and were flabergasted that we had made it.. on to Flamingo for a steak supper and return trip next day... we ran at about 30mph most of the time and the trip took all day. I took on 12 gals of gas at Flamingo (about 100 miles) and the other boat took on about 14... The Merc and the Johnson performed flawlessly and I can still smell the exhaust fumes.... on return to Rod and Gun Club at Everglades City I discovered that my wife, Sonia, was in Naples shopping... she says that this was the best boat trip she has ever taken.... Happy Whalin'... Clark... The Old Conch Bonker
gunnelgrabber posted 07-12-2001 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
clark,...appreciate that!..i meant to say "when you have time" to respond.didn't mean to load your wagon or keep you from your important "fiddlin"...february.that helps with the squeeters.heard lots of stories of shark river,read of lostman's r., the famous mr. watson from mathiessen's books about him and the area.got to do it! ..and i forgot, you have center console 11'.wow. imagine a 6' 5" person at the wheel on that one. heels on the transom and almost hangin ten on the bow!..my 17' seems plenty small most of the time..thanks and cool breezes on hot summer days...lm

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