Spring Transition 2016: Bald Head Island

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A rare gem! Bald Head Island, North Carolina is just two miles from the mainland yet far from the maddening crowd. This little island has golf carts and bicycles for transportation and no cars allowed. Miles of beaches and sand dunes with privacy prevailing. There are no franchises, no honkeytonk, and 'nothing to do' but enjoy the beauty and nature that is in full supply. An old lighthouse, miles and miles of trails and unobstructed views. This is not for everyone, it is for me!! It was a gift and a privilege to spend three days on Bald Head Island!

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1 May 2015: John Pennekamp State Park to Marathon Yacht Club

April 30, 2015 thru May 2, 2015

Start: John Pennekamp State Park
Finish: Marathon Yacht Club

It was a beautiful sun filled morning, temperatures in the high 80's but a stiff wind coming out of the North, as we left our lovely cove at the John Pennekamp State Park and head for Marathon Yacht Club. 

The Marathon Yacht Club is small with only 30 slips, but they had a perfect place to dock our 48 Endeavour Trawler Cat.  The club was established in 1948.  What is fascinating about each club is they usually have a picture of the Commodore of the club for each year.  The Commodore is like the president of an organization with a one year term.  There is a lot of pride in the club with several activities going on each weekend. Our arrival was after a fishing tournament, where they serve the fish that are caught!  Unfortunately not enough was caught but the chief had gone out a purchased Hog Fish, local fish caught in the keys and Gulf of Mexico.  It was outstanding!

That night the winds were still very strong and we decided to lay over another day and provision as it appeared we still had a shot to get to our ultimate stop the Dry Tortugas. We took a 5 minute cab ride to town for groceries

On Friday evening May 1, we got to witness the "Lowering of the colors ceremony".  The first Friday of each month the officers of the club lower the American Flag at sun set as they play the National Anthem and Kate Smith's version of God Bless America.  At the end they fire a canon...  It was really cool!  This will be the last time for the service until the renovations are completed and a new Swimming Pool is constructed.  

On another note we learned at each of our Yacht Club stops, the club is making major infrastructure investments, either in new docks, swimming pools or other club facilities!  That says boating is alive and well and there is no better time to be on the water cruising! We are hoping you will join us for a charter with GEC Charters.

It's Trawl'n Time: South Seas Plantation

 Although we were sad to leave Venice beach and the beautiful marina here we were really excited in what today had in store for us. So after a great breakfast on the boat we were under way by 8:30 this morning. This gave us a full day to make it down to the island and resort  South Seas Plantation.  So far we have been really fortunate with the weather, today was no different. We enjoyed the beautiful day on the water.

After a quick recap about what was learned so far during the trip we went over the basics of sea navigation and autopilot equipment.  We set our course and enjoyed a great cruise on the Gulf of Mexico.  We made great time today and were able to stop at Cabbage Island for lunch. 

This was a beautiful little island on the way to the South Seas Plantation.