Cruising Florida’s Panhandle — Part 5: Kayaking in the Bayou, Repairing the Boom Vang

Anchored sailboats at dawn in Scipio Creek Sunken and derelict commercial fishing boats were a common sight along the waterway. A cypress appears to be levitating above the water. It was actually bolted to a piling, and had a bird house for … [Read more...]

Cruising Florida’s Panhandle — Part 4: Apalachicola and Scipio Marina

Charlie K docked at the Scipio Marina in Apalachicola. Apalachicola is a waterfront junkyard dominated by sinking fishing boats and broken docks Boss Oyster was Apalachicola's version of a glitzy waterfront restaurant. It's not often that the … [Read more...]

Cruising Florida’s Panhandle — Part 3: Dinghying to Dog Island, Fixing Things

We took the dinghy to go exploring on Dog Island, which seemed like a land that time forgot. There was much hurricane erosion in evidence on Dog Island. There were more cars on Dog Island — junked out and rusting in the salt air — than either … [Read more...]

Cruising Florida’s Panhandle — Part 2: The Night Crossing from He**

Part Two: Oct. 15, 2006 Through The Minefield Sonja studies the chartplotter manual while the autopilot keeps the boat on course. After a late (8am) start, we headed up to Seahorse Reef before making our turn toward the panhandle. There … [Read more...]

Cruising Florida’s Panhandle — Part 1: Departure, and Dolphins

My Klepper foldable kayak (the dark red bag on the settee) proved to be the most difficult to stow. It seemed to be in the way no matter where I put it, even on this roomy Irwin 38. Yes, that's a dog leash on the table — Nicki would accompany … [Read more...]

A Sailing Cruise to Florida’s Panhandle

A Sailing Cruise From Tampa Bay to the Panhandle, and Back Again October 2006 We cruised to the Panhandle in Charlie K, a 38' Irwin center cockpit sloop belonging to our friends Jon and Ginger Part 1: Oct. 13-14 Departure from Tarpon Springs — … [Read more...]