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Buckda posted 08-23-2006 06:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
Any interest in a Christmas rendezvous for some boating in Florida on December 28 and 29? I figure after delivering all of those presents, the big guy could use a Nantucket Sleigh Ride.

I'm thinking perhaps Ft. Lauderdale or Miami area, but am flexible. I need to be back in Chicago for work on Jan 2.


where2 posted 08-27-2006 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If you venture up toward Palm Beach, look me up. I better have my dock in by then... (permit expires at the end of the year!) Transient whalers are always welcome to stop by. I'll even hoist the Whaler Flag and give you a GPS coordinate to navigate to.
an86carrera posted 08-27-2006 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
Again, if you want to come to Sarasota/Tampa area you and others will be welcome at my dock here. This is a very laid back area with alot more rural vs. urban boating of Ft. Lauderdale.


Buckda posted 08-28-2006 10:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks guys -

I'll hold off on final destination until around Thanksgiving - but I wanted to plant a seed now. I'll really need a boating fix around then, and the new motors are just so easy to winterize, it's removed any barrier to doing something like this.


an86carrera posted 08-28-2006 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
That is a great advantage to DFI engines.

I was only pointing out the difference between the two coasts in my last post. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale can be blast at night and great fishing/diving all day.

I have lived there and really miss some of the boating. There is nothing like anchoring out in North Biscayne Bay on New Years Eve, fireworks from 10 or more municipalities at once. And then there are the Bahamas runs....and...

Buckda posted 12-11-2006 12:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'm modifying the location to Mobile, Alabama.

Any takers?

If not - I'll probably run the Black Warrior River for a ways..perhaps from Tuscaloosa to Demopolis or maybe all the way to the Tombigbee.


where2 posted 12-11-2006 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Mobile, AL. = Not Warm Enough. My first year at UF taught me a valuable lesson. The gulf coast, being roughly the same latitude as Gainesville is not nearly as warm as South Florida. Later in college, friends in the panhandle saw snow.

Dave, If you change your mind, I'll still give you cordinates, but the dock is not done yet... It's still a work in progress, but work is progressing nicely.

Buckda posted 12-11-2006 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Mobile + Mills Canvas - Chicago = warm enough.

I'll let you know when things are finalized...


Buckda posted 01-01-2007 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Just a follow-up to this. I ended up boating in Northwest Alabama along the Black Warrior River (part of the Tombigbee Waterway). A beautiful cruise on Dec 23 on Lake Tuscaloosa, a splendid 100 miles (50 downriver and 50 back upriver to Northport) on December 29, and a great cruise on the little-discovered Holt Reservoir Northeast of Tuscaloosa (also part of the Black Warrior river) on December 30.
prj posted 01-02-2007 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Nice opportunity you had there, Dave.
Wish I could say we were snowed in up here,
waxing cross-country skis and awaiting a break,
but you've undoubtedly seen our conditions by now.

Link to some photos if you have a chance.

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