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Kurt & Barbarajean Walter

Mobile to Dunedin Fla.
By Kurt J Walter
Posted on 3/28/2017 12:36 PM
3/12/17 We left Turners and Mobile behind us this morning at 0608. We are going to an anchorage tonight Ingram Bayou. The trip across Mobile Bay was 2-3 foot waves after the channel. It later settees down about a mile from the ICW on the east side of the bay. We arrived in the anchorage about 1700. Dropped the hook and added the bridle to keep us from swaying some. Wind was from the north but predicted to change to the east. We slept light and move around a lot here. 
3/13/17 very cold 38 degrees the next morning and windy. We are moving on to Ft. Mc Rae in Pensacola.
3/14/17 Last night cold and windy swaying with bridle on. 8:30 this morning rain, windy and gloomy. Kurt saw 4 dolphins at anchorage. Left Ft McRae anchorage at 10:07 am took a bit to get the anchor and bridle up as it was cold, windy and raining. After leaving anchorage 2-3 sometimes 3-4 foot waves still rainy, cool 52 degrees and dreary. Pull into Fort Walton Beach City dock 3:15pm. 3/14/17 Last night cool, clear and calm. This morning sunny, calm and 57 degrees. Left Fort Walton Beach at 9:15 light chop in the open area once in the narrow part of the iwc calm. Seen some dolphins a long the way. Two air boats past us. At Burnt Mill Creek anchorage 3:30pm. 3/16/17 Last night clear and winds were calm till morning. This morning windy 10mph 14 gust 38 degrees inside cabin was 54. Cold as ... taking up the anchor this morning hands were extremely cold, need to get a pair of warm gloves. Sunny, cool, crisp and very light chop as we left the anchorage at 7:15am heading to Panama City docks. Seen a pod of 3 dolphins.  Arrived Panama City marina 9:15 quite windy and cold. Veritous, David and Susan were there, went over to say hi, then fuel the boat. Had David and Susan over for dinner, had a very nice evening. The night was cool and calm. 3/19/17 This morning was 48 degree and sunny. Took a walk into historic Panama City. Left marina at 11:15 cool, and sunny low winds 6-8knots, this should make for a smooth ride. Very nice ride, seen many pods dolphins and a family with their little baby. Was going to anchor out near St Joe's Marina but the waves started kicking up so we came in to St. Joe's Marina a day early. Got in around 5:15pm got the boat situated and walked into town the historic part of town. Had dinner at Yo Mama pizza place, the pizza was quite good.  We are now in EST zone thank goodness. Quiet, clear and calm night 56 degrees. Friday, very nice day climbed to the top is the light house, the view from up there was great. Ate lunch at Provisions then went back for happy hour. The weather this evening was great.  3/19/17 This morning was 48 degree and sunny. Took a walk into historic Panama City. Left marina at 11:15 cool, and sunny low winds 6-8knots, this should make for a smooth ride. Very nice ride, seen many pods dauphins and a family with their little baby. Was going to anchor out near St Joe's Marina but the waves started kicking up so we came in to St. Joe's Marina a day early. Got in around 5:15pm got the boat situated and walked into town the historic part of town. Had dinner at Yo Mama pizza place, the pizza was quite good.  We are now in EST zone thank goodness. Quiet, clear and calm night 56 degrees. Friday, very nice day climbed to the top is the light house, the view from up there was great. Ate lunch at Provisions then went back for happy hour. The weather this evening was great.  3/19/17 Left Marina at 10:05 light winds were pushing us into the docks, no problem getting off. Blue sky's, sunny and 65 degrees out. Heading to Apalachicola.   3/20/17 Left Carrabelle ( C-Quarter Marina at 7:40 to cross over to Steinhatchee. It was 50 degrees, clear, calm and 5-10mph winds in channel. After getting to the channel into the bay very rough for the first 4 hours 3-4 foot seas in the gulf. As I was resting or maybe sleep down in the pilot house, Kurt was on the flybridge he saw 2-3 sea turtles and many dolphins they were showing off for him. Gulf calmed down to 1-2 foot waves, had to play dodge ball in a very large crab field. Arrived 5:00pm Phillip called when we getting ready to dock. Kurt washed the boat it was salty as could be. Meet our buddy boat people Billy and Barbara, they came over around 8:15 and we had a very nice visit. It was clear and cool last night. 3/21/17 Left Steinhatchee (Sea Hag Marine) at 7:15am cool 54 degrees clear and calm leaving the channel. Entering the Gulf soft rolling waves, waves have picked up to 1-2 feet. Winds 5 to 10 knots. We are running 15 -16mph and up to 18mph for a short period of time. Today will be along day. Seas and winds for the next few days or better will NOT be favorable. Very nice ride 1-2 feet all the way to Anclote Key anchorage (16 miles north of Clearwater) since a few Dolphins along the way. Quite a few crab pot areas. Barbarajean drove over a hour today.  Arrived at anchorage 3:35pm sunny, calm winds and 72. 3/23/17 We liked the anchor so much we pushed back our reservations at Maker 1 by one day. Yesterday we when over to the island (about 3/4-1mile away). Came ashore on the sand little beach and anchored the dinghy. We took a walk to the lighthouse and later walked the small beach collecting shells and taking in the sights. On our way back to the boat we detoured to see an abandoned boat near the shore. Last night us overcast, could not see the sun set. Winds were about 10 knots. 69 degrees this morning and clear. Starboard engine would not start this morning. Kurt had to jump the solenoid. We are on our way to Marker 1. We pulled up anchor around 9:40. 1-2 feet waves.
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