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

To Fort Myers

December 6 – December 11. After three winters in the Bahamas, a winter in Florida retooling, and six weeks of boat chores, we are ready to take Blue Wing somewhere new. This season’s plans include crossing mainland Florida via Lake Okeechobee, sailing south toward Key West, the Marquesas and Dry Tortugas, and making the long …read more