9 May 2015: Key West to Dry Tortugas

May 6, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Start: Key West Florida, Key West Marina
Finish: Ft. Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

As we headed out of Key West we had calm winds and a beautiful sky. About 15 miles out was the  Marquesas key, a small group of uninhibited  islands with a perfect cove for anchoring for a day or two. We will stop on our next trip to break up the trip to Ft. Jefferson, for a swim and dinner.  But for this trip we wanted to get out of the national park.

We arrived at Ft. Jefferson around 5 PM and anchored on the south side of the fort.  There were about 5 other boats already anchored, but plenty of space for us.

Ft. Jefferson is everything we hoped it would be, the perfect place to snorkel, scuba, paddle board and kayak.  The water is an azure blue and clear to the bottom!  

We will be coming back many times and look forward to sharing this great national park.  The fee is 5.00 per person for a 7 day pass and we think it's completely worth this nominal fee.  There are two islands you can dingy or take the Grampstr's Pride into.  Each island has it's own separate light house and white uninhabited beaches.

This is definitely one place to make sure you bring your Go Pro camera or under water camera to gey the fantastic pictures of the tropical fish, marine wild life, and Ft. Jefferson.  There is so much  history at the Fort, which was built in 1822 on a sandy island.  Did you knoe over 3 million bricks were used to build the fort, almost all where shipped from New York? You learn something knew every day.

The seas were calm all 3 nights and with no light pollution the sky was an incredible canvas of stars.  There is no cell or Internet service for over 75 miles.  However, the Grampstr's Pride has the latest in world wide communication system if you need to make that call. The Grampstr's has redundant systems with global tracking and EPRB, in case of an emergency.

The state of the art equipment on the Grampstr's Pride ensures clients have a safe and pleasant stay wherever they choose to embark.  Our seasoned captains are eager to help you plan your charter with GEC Charters.  We hope you contact us.

26 April 2015: Naples Yacht Club to Everglades City

April 26, 2015

Start: Naples Yacht Club
Finish: Everglades City

This morning we leave our beautiful yacht club to cruise back thru time and we ended our day in Everglades City.  Where you can hope a ride on a swamp buggy, Air boat, or kayak!  We stayed at marina and famous Rod and Gun club built in 1864! Many of the presidents, movie stars and other famous people have stayed there over the years.  It is quint old Florida cuisine we had the  great alligator nuggets as an appetizer!  A lot of house pride in the town and it brings you back to the 60's! 

The bad news is the weather is not in our favor and a trip to the Dry Tortogua's as of now is doubtful!  But we will see!  As with all plans you have to listen to the weather, so we decided to do the Keys first and then the try to go to Ft. Jefferson.

Tomorrow morning we head for Key Largo!             

Awesome Show - Ft Lauderdale 2014

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO STOPED BY AND SAID HI!!

For the most part the weather for the Fort Lauderdale 2014 show was absolutely amazing and the boats from small, medium, and large were amazing.  We are so glad that we made the trip down to see everyone.

Our original plan was to go from Fort Lauderdale back to St Petersburg by way of the Bahamas.  But with boating, comfort is an extremely important luxury and need. As many of you know, one thing that can effect comfort more than anything is weather.  Unfortunately, this week the weather in the Atlantic and southern tip of Florida was not "fair sea" weather.  The reports of 8-10ft sea swells and high winds made us decide to change our plans and go back though the Okeechobee Canal and north bound to the Endeavour Marina.   Nonetheless, we are excited! It is always fun to go for a boat ride and the Grampstr's Pride is just a wonderful boat. She really is a condo on the water!

As we travel we hope to post some great pictures of our journey!

 

It's Trawl'n Time: Long Boat Key to Venice Yacht Club

Sunrise Long Boat Key, FL

This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunrise as we prepared for our cruise from Long Boat Key, Florida to Venice Yacht Club, Venice Fl.  It was another beautiful day and the weather and seas  were just delightful.

We started our trip today at about noon, which was a later than we wanted. However, the late start gave us a great opportunity to enjoy the morning at the beautiful yacht club.  It was a great morning for breakfast on the boat. The good news is that Venice Yacht club is only about 4 hours by boat away so there was no rush to get out today.

As part of the learning process we went over navigational equipment and the rules of the sea.  We also took some time to go over trouble shooting techniques for various equipment on the vessel.  To end the evening we enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Venice Yacht Club.