Go with The Flow Boating Style

Going for a few hours ride or going for a long journey in a boat requires preparation and flexibility. It is much more complicated than jumping in the car and taking a drive.
The weather! No matter what the weather spokesperson predicted, Mother Nature has her own way of controlling our plans. If Mother Nature chooses we change our plans even at a moments notice. You see, we are pleasure boaters. Bad weather and boating don't mix.
If we happen to be in the middle of a jaunt when Mom has a temper tantrum we try to go into plan 'b' mode. Safety is #1!
Sometimes plans are delayed....days or weeks....whatever it takes

Mechanical issues!
Every good captain does their best to make sure the craft is in good form. Long before a boat ride numerous details are considered and addressed. There is long term maintenance. Professional time and considerable dollars are required to keep Grampstr's Pride in ship shape form. We don't wait for a problem to arise. In most cases we try to service before there is an issue. Even diligence gets a wrench thrown at it now and then. Minutes before debarkation a last check list is covered. Sometimes there is an issue. Most of the time there is not. NOT doing a final inspection can lead to disasters and an unpleasant memory. The decision to abandon a trip due to mechanical issues may be the best decision ever!

Passengers!
Everyone reacts differently to life on the water. Some people are born fish. They have no physical, mental or emotional challenges with hitting the waves. Amazingly sometimes even these folks have a bad water day. They usually respond positively to adjustments. Sometimes even they need solid ground to get it together. Gotta do what ya gotta do!
We have some friends who enjoy the boat at the dock. We have some friends who are okay as long as the boat is moving. We have some friends who like to look at pictures of the boat!! There are even ones who could care less about the boat in any circumstance but enjoy our company in other venues😜
Okay, so passengers who are open and interested and capable of boating are a rare breed!!! These are the friends we are thrilled to share the Grampstr's with😘

Spring Transition 2016: Ohh the Food!!!

Venice Yacht Club is nestled between the ICW and the Gulf of Mexico. This club has found a way of bridging its members between semi formal and relaxing casual. On this trip we were lucky to arrive on pasta night. The chefs created personalized dishes for each guest. There was shrimp, clams,  scallop, sausage, beef and chicken. Veggies included spinach, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, peppers, onions, capers. Sauces were as creative as you wished with scampi, tomato, Alfredo, vodka sauce. I know I left out numerous ingredients!! Oh, garlic!!!And yes, pastas:  spaghetti, penne, fettuccini, and gluten free.
All I know is, if you wanted it, they had it!
Add to this being able to order from the menu if you didn't care for pasta night!!  I know, it's all about the food, right??
Wrong!! The Venice yacht club is located within reasonable walking distance from a wonderful little downtown dotted with numerous shops and restaurants.  Go in the other directions and you can be entertained for hours by the activities at the inlet to the gulf. From sunrise to sunset and beyond Venice is an endearing community.

Spring Transition 2016: Travel Across Florida

Grampstr's Pride took a leisurely crossing of the state of Florida. The first portion of the journey focused on the treasures of Sarasota: Sarasota Yacht Club, Bird Key Yacht Club, The Field Club Yacht Club and Marina Jacks. Each venue has its own charms and distinctions. The city of Sarasota is expansive and diverse. We did not see anywhere that would classify as 'the bad side of town'. The attractions of this community could keep one busy for weeks. It is hard to choose a single favorite because each area has many highlights.
I do have to admit that The Field Club is my overall personal favorite yacht club in Florida. I love the history. I have an affinity to preserved treasures. The entire staff is dedicated to the satisfaction of its members and guests.  Everyone is made to be felt welcome.  The food is outstanding. Join us sometime on the Grampstr's Pride and find out for yourself!

New Years Charter: 27 Dec 2015 - 2 Jan 2016

On December 27, 2015 we had the fortune of chartering with some great people.  The charter lasted an entire week and ended on January 2, 2016.  Embarking from South Miami beach we spent two days in Key Largo at the John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State park.

This beautiful coral reef is the first undersea park in the US and encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles.  While the mangrove swans and tropical hammocks in the park’s upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring the most visitors to the park.  Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but for an even more unique adventure embarking on a SCUBA diving or snorkeling adventure is fun. Our adventurers took the opportunity for some kayaking as well.

We spent New Year’s Eve at Islamorada.  Islamorada is a "Village of Islands," and is an incorporated village in Monroe County, Florida, United States. It is located on the islands of Tea Table Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key in the Florida Keys.  On the second we said good bye to our wonderful new friends.

Good times had by all and what a great way to start the New Year!!