Today we had an easy 25 mile trip through South Carolina Low Country from Savannah to Hilton Head Island. We passed fields of sea grass and beautiful waterfront homes. The marked ICW channel follows a series of rivers and large creeks, and a few times the deep ICW channel crossed a large but shallow river. … Continue reading Windmills in Hilton Head?
Our looper friends Jim and Marilyn from Spinning Dreams are staying at the Hinckley Marina just down the ICW from us near Savannah. They borrowed their marina’s nearly new loaner car and picked us up for a drive into downtown Savannah for a tour of this historic city built around 22 public squares. Each of … Continue reading Sophisticated Savannah
Hi, Rhonda here! After two very enjoyable days at Jekyll Island, we’re heading to Savannah today….running outside in the Atlantic for about 90 miles. The captain chose this route because the water is not as skinny (shallow) as the AICW, and we’re just going from Point A to Point B, so why not get there! … Continue reading Jekyll Island
After more than a year in Florida, R&R (and the people who feed, clean and maintain her) crossed the border into Georgia today. Only about 7 miles beyond last night’s stop at Fernandina Beach, FL is Cumberland Island, GA, former winter home of the family of Thomas Carnegie, younger brother and buisness partner of steel … Continue reading Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fernandina Beach is the last Florida harbor town on the AICW before the Georgia line. R&R lined up with the other Loopers in FB Morning on the FB docks We held up for two days at Fernandina Harbor Marina because I scheduled my second COVID vaccine shot at a Publix grocery store pharmacy there. (Mission … Continue reading Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island: A Lot to Like!
As we traveled north from St. Augustine, we knew we intended to take a side trip south on the St. Johns River. The Marina at Ortega Landing is located about 15 miles inside of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway, past busy Jacksonville seaports and just past the downtown, and was an excellent place for us to … Continue reading Impressive Ortega Landing
Before leaving for worship this glorious sunny Easter morning in Jacksonville, we saw First Light, with Captain and crew Mark and Barbara, leave her slip on the first day of her Great Loop! We and Mike, Marilou and Sinbad from Inshallah joined the Bon Voyage Sinbad wanted treats! Auf Wiedershen! First Light heading down the … Continue reading Launching More Loopers
Since we started our Great Loop travels in September 2019 Rhonda and I have used Nebo from time to time. Nebo is a boat logging app used to record and share boating travels. Looper friends have told us that they looked us up on Nebo to see where we were. But...in all of the preparations … Continue reading Nebo Tracker: First Month
Huckins logo "We were designing high-performance hulls when the competition still used live ammo." It was serendipity that on a rainy day while staying at the Ortega Landing Marina in Jacksonville we needed an oil change and other routine engine room service. There are two good boatyards less than a half mile from our marina, … Continue reading PT Boats to Custom Cruisers: the Huckins Heritage
Hi all….Rhonda here bringing you greetings from the beautiful Marina at Ortega Landing in Jacksonville, FL. It’s sunny and 68 degrees here this afternoon, making it a perfect day for boat chores, laundry and catching up on our correspondence. The Marina at Ortega Landing One of the most frequent question we’re asked is “what has … Continue reading FRIENDS are the Very Best Part
The last couple of days have been cool and rainy in Daytona Beach, with high winds. Windy said “no go” Rather than traveling in this sloppy weather, we stayed in our slip at Halifax Harbour for a few days and waited for the weather to go by. This cat’s name is Daytona I researched and … Continue reading Dallying in Daytona
It's been almost a year since we posted a voyage summary, so here are some key statistics, a map showing our entire Great Loop trip, and a map of our travels since we resumed our Loop last November. R&R: Daytona Beach, Florida - Northbound Departed: September 8, 2019, Holland, Michigan Travel Days: 59 Miles: 3,436 … Continue reading Captain’s Log 3/20/2021
G’day! This is your temporary R&R first mate and author John Spykman reporting live from Port Canaveral, Florida. Over the past four days, I've been able to experience boating in a way I never have before. Dad and I began our trip in Fort Myers, and after three days of cruising we’re safe in port … Continue reading Father/Son Voyage Across Florida
After some tasty shrimp nachos at The Dock in Naples with Matt and Shirley, we headed back to the boat for the evening. Cards and puzzles were on the agenda. One of many puzzles that were puzzled The next morning, winds were still noticeable but on the way down. Late morning we left the yacht … Continue reading Back Home Again, in Legacy Harbour
Our plan on Thursday was to travel 58 miles from Marco Island to Tween Waters marina/resort inside of Captiva Island. Wind and wave forecasts were favorable (but, as we learned, not always reliable). All was well as we left Marco Island Marina and turned to port into the Marco River. As we passed Marilyn‘s condo … Continue reading We Called an Audible
Our time in Key West and Marathon was the farthest south we will travel in our Great Loop voyage. Morning coffee at Marlin Bay Marina The Florida Keys offers warm weather and a beautiful setting for boating, swimming, fishing, walking, many other outdoor activities in the months when the weather is cold "up north.” The … Continue reading Southernmost Point on our Loop. Now Northward!
The "giant stride" is the easiest, fastest and usually safest way to begin a scuba dive. (The other way is a "backroll entry", which divers use when the dive boat has no platform.) The Florida Keys are home to the United States' only living coral barrier reef, making it a popular snorkeling and scuba diving … Continue reading One Giant Stride
Marathon, Florida has a large community of seasonal and full-time boat residents. Many of them live aboard boats attached to Boot Key Harbor’s hundreds of reasonably priced ($225/month) mooring balls. Boot Key Harbor Boot Key’s residents commute by dinghy to a shoreside dock / restroom / shower facility where many boaters keep bicycles as their … Continue reading Marathon Cruisers Net
We hope to anchor more often as we head north along the Great Loop. One project I have worked on over time is getting our anchor(s) and other "ground tackle" up to par. Check out R&R's new "Boat Projects” page on anchoring gear: Anchoring Gear
Erika, John, Katy and I arrived by boat at Marlin Bay Marina's watch tower on the Gulf of Mexico, and Rhonda drove the car here from Key West. We were happy to be back! We thoroughly enjoyed Marlin Bay when we were here in February 2020, so returning here feels a bit like coming home. … Continue reading Morning at the Oasis
We had planned to leave Key West on February 1 and cruise about 45 miles east in the Atlantic Ocean’s Hawk Channel to Marathon. Those plans changed (more later). Our son, John; his wife, Katy; and our daughter, Erika, joined for a few days in Key West and to be onboard for this leg of … Continue reading Moving on to Marathon!
https://videopress.com/v/Ch5SSs3r?preloadContent=metadata We are nearing the end of a warm and relaxing three weeks at Stock Island Marina Village in Key West, working, biking, walking, doing boat maintenance, taking dinghy rides, and building friendships with dock neighbors. We keep Dinghy #3 tied to R&R’s swim platform so we can easily dinghy out to restaurants, uninhabited keys, … Continue reading It’s Been a Quiet Week in Key West
Today was a lovely, warm and calm day in Key West. Morning coffee view from R&R’s cockpit One pleasure of being in one place for a month is learning about the town, seeing what’s to see, checking out the local haunts. A dinghy is an excellent way to do that. It’s like a combination of … Continue reading Circumnavigating Key West
R&R is a jealous mistress and needs a lot of attention. Fortunately, I enjoy washing and detailing the exterior, and Rhonda keeps the interior shipshape. We recently added a “Boat Projects” menu item to the website, with pages describing some of our larger or more important projects. You can get there directly with this link. … Continue reading Boat Projects
We are enjoying Key West and looking forward to friends and family who will join us here soon! The weather has been mostly sunny and in the 70s, which oddly seems cool here but would feel like a heat wave in Michigan or Indiana! ... Meeting new pickle ball competitor/friends, many of them older and … Continue reading Key West Sampler