Tropical Boating

Stories of my adventures with boats: sailing them, paddling them, fishing in them, fixing them, nearly getting killed in them, and loving them. No life is complete without a boat to mess about in.

Recent Posts

Our First Homegrown Egg!

Our chickens are 7 1/2 months old and one finally laid an egg. We figured this egg cost enough that it should have a high end label. We got another egg yesterday and I decided it was scrambled egg… Read more

Reviving The Stray Goat

Stray Goat “Julie B” A couple of years ago, the Goat Island Skiff Julie B was donated by her builder to the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center. The intent was to sell her to some lucky sailor and use the proceeds to help support the… Read more

More Bobcat Pictures

Bobcat The neighborhood bobcat passed by again. This picture was taken about 30 minutes after a picture of my cat in the same spot. Bobcat by chicken run The bobcat passing by the Omlet Eglu chicken coop and run, which still seems to… Read more

A Couple of Bobcat Visits to Chickens

Evening Bobcat Visit We like to watch the sun set over Shell Creek every evening and then return home and close up the chickens in their coop for the night. Last night we showed up and Kailey the Cowdog suddenly alerted to a scent and took off… Read more

Return of the Coyote(s)

Coyote Early last night at least one coyote was around our game camera for about 10 minutes. Coyote It showed up at 8:11 pm. Coyote Still around at 8:21 pm. Coyote And completely unaware of the camera, it… Read more

Adventure Island Blasting Through Charlotte Harbor Chop

I saw that the wind forecast for yesterday included gusts in the mid-20 knot range and figured this might be one of my last opportunities this year to sail my Adventure Island in the harbor while the water is warm enough to get very, very wet and… Read more

Replacement Trail Camera

I walked by my trail camera a week or so ago and noticed it was down by the base of the tree, not strapped to it at knee height where I had left it. I wondered how it could slide down the trunk of a pine tree, then noticed the face of it was… Read more

Off Road Eglu Chicken Tractor

I found a used kayak dolly that I wanted on craigslist the other day and went down to Bokeelia to buy it. The seller was somehow able to quickly identify me as a person who can’t say no to trash and as I was leaving he said, “Hold on a second. I… Read more

Waiting for that First Egg

Our chickens hatched around April 1, 2019 and are about due to start laying eggs. They’re looking very robust and healthy and in this picture you can see some of the green sheen in the feathers on their backs. We bought some ceramic… Read more

Watching Hurricane Dorian

Wednesday 8/28/19 at 2 pm As the state of PANIC here in Florida winds down with forecasts showing Hurricane Dorian will miss us, it seems like a good time to review the projected storm path and how it panned out. When I first noticed Dorian,… Read more