Billy the Tipper

March 4. We motored through Lake Okeechobee Thursday, March 3. It’s now Friday and we are tied up to some dolphins (pilings) just west of the Port Mayaca railroad bridge. You’ll remember that on our outbound journey we tipped the boat ourselves to get our 50′ mast under the 49′ bridge. We barely squeezed through. …read more

The Caloosahatchee River

February 28 – March 3. We left Fort Myers Beach Sunday February 28 and motored down the Caloosahatchee River part of the Okeechobee Waterway. It was time to take ourselves and Blue Wing back to the dirt. The last time we passed this way we were on a mission to get to Mexico and had …read more

Fort Myers Beach

After five days of traveling the mostly unpopulated SW coast of Florida, we arrived at bustling Ft. Myers Beach, where we hoped to unwind for a week or so. We had spotted the high rise condos a while before, and as we approached the long pier came into view. Then we could see hundreds of …read more

Key West back to Ft Myers

February 16 – 20. We left Key West on a gloomy morning. The forecast called for AM rain, then clear for the next few days. We did get rain as we motored out the Northwest Channel. Then it stopped as we turned east toward our first destination. Many weeks ago, our outbound trip from Ft …read more

Passage to Mexico, Part 2

Jan 25 – Jan 26. In which: We Heave Too Hard, Engine Sucks Wind, Bob Loses His Head, and “Crab for Breakfast? No Thanks, I’ll Have Beer Instead” Yesterday’s post found Blue Wing’s crew in the Gulf Stream 75 miles southwest of Key West and 40 miles north of Cuba. Thirty hours into their passage …read more

Passage to Mexico, Part One

Jan 23 – Jan 25. In which: Omens Are Ignored, Weather is Excessively Benign, Protagonists are Lulled into Complacency by Proper Functioning of New Gear, Big Brother Hovers, and Ghost Reef Attacks
 Nor’Easter Jonas, which dumped snow from Dixie to New England, also affected us in Key West. Saturday, January 23rd, we had a full …read more