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Julie Mo

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  • Birthday 04/26/1951

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    Charlotte County Florida
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    Woodworking, guitar building, sailing, golf

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  1. This was taken after the deluge hit us in Moore Haven. It was the first time we had the entire closure up. Coming into Ft. Myers we saw a barge approaching. The channel gets pretty narrow there so I hugged the right side close as I could. There's a red marker immediately to starboard that isn't in the frame. I was probably only a couple of feet away from it when this picture was taken. Water on the other side gets shallow very quickly. Finally made it! This is the canal leading into our canal system. Take the first left after we're in, and we're home.
  2. We finally got the rest of the pics downloaded to the computer. Thought I'd share them with you... This is the notorious 49' bridge. It establishes the maximum bridge clearance throughout the entire Okeechobee Waterway. But the clearance changes as the elevation of the river changes. This day it was 50.13'. Shortly after clearing this bridge, we went through the last lock east of Lake O and began the trek across the largest lake in Florida. I don't remember for sure but I think we could see some hint of land the entire 25 or so miles crossing it. This was our fourth lock on the trek, the Ortona lock in Moore Haven. Couldn't have been much more than a foot drop.
  3. I don't want to go anywhere it's dry.
  4. One other really cool thing is the dolphins. I have never seen so many dolphins since watching Flipper in the 60s, It played fine on my computer but rotated on YouTube. I tried to get it to rotate back but no luck. Just turn your head sideways. 🙄
  5. We just got back from our first sail. Good thing we didn't invite anyone along. I was swearing like... well... a sailor. There's no way the former owners sailed her. I assumed they had and just hoisted the sails and ran the sheets as one normally would. Once we got out there we found the main crazy difficult to raise. On my dad's 45 footer I could raise the main all the way to the top before winching it to tighten it. Add that to the list. When we let the genoa out I saw I needed to set the block back farther. Then I realized the center chock for the midship cleat was right on the rail and prevented the block from going back where it needed to be. I looked at it and I'm pretty sure that chock and cleat were add-ons. You don't block the track midship. So we had to furl the sail back in and re-run the sheets, eliminating the first block, which is beefier than the center block. So I got that done and unfurled the jenny again. But on the first tack I realized someone had placed little cleats (for the burgee flags) right on the cap shrouds. And guess what got hung up on them? The wind was probably 8-12 knots with some nice puffs that put the rail in the water. GRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Forward I went and dropped those PITA cleats down and out of the way. The shakedown cruise was bearing some fruit. Again, glad we didn't invite anyone. And my SO, who was fearless on Hobies back in the 70s, found there's a lot more to sailing than just letting the boom clear your head and calling that a tack. You know, I'm 68 and I have read many times how important it is to maintain hand strength as you age, to prevent falls. Sailing does more than that. When we were in Titusville we met a man who was 94. He had been living on his 26 foot Buccaneer for 37 years. His 70 year old son lived on his own boat right next to him. He commented on how old age sucks but he was happy to still be here. I told him it was probably living on a boat that kept him here. His eyes brightened and he said, "You're probably right." Then he smiled widely. Sail and live longer. I can live with that.
  6. It's a 1986 Aloha 32. They were made in Ontario until about 1988. Mark Ellis designed the 32. I did some redesigning yesterday by removing the humongous table in the saloon. Now you can walk to the forward cabin without turning sideways.
  7. I think this was the only swing bridge we encountered. The bridge tender had to walk from that house on the left to the middle of the bridge to operate it. All total there were 5 locks and I think 13 fixed bridges en route on the OWW. The ICW on the east coast had a few bascule bridges we had to get past. Finally home! We lit up the cockpit so we could get the last few necessities off before calling it a day. For the last week and a half I've been emptying the boat of everything. Our lanai looks like a chandlery! Yesterday was the first time the boat looked usable. Today we're going to take her for her first sail under new ownership.
  8. caloosahatchee Good point! At Westland Marina in Titusville, FL, Kialoha is finally lifted from her cradle, ready to go into the water for the first time in over a year. Gotta paint those last few squares where the cradle pads were! Once in the water, we took to the task of washing the gazillion love bugs off the deck. Then a manatee appeared to drink the water coming from the deck scupper. I took the hose and started splashing the manatee to give her some fresh water. She must have swallowed 10 gallons of it before another manatee appeared, then another, and another until there were 7 in total, all fighting for a drink from the hose. I think this is taken on the Caloosahatchee River, west of Lake O. It was one of the nicer days we had.
  9. We left Titusville, FL three days later than planned. We had mechanics at the marina do some engine work and check everything out before the 250 mile trip began. We also had a Crocodile Dundee rigger fix the roller furling and tune the rig, all for $75. The former owners left behind everything, And I mean EVERYTHING! We were like a container ship and probably sat 3"+ deeper in the water. There was little room to move about the cabin. First stop was Vero Beach, FL where we stayed at Suntex Marina. It was dark by the time we were tied up. Then we hit the showers and crashed an hour or so later. Next morning we headed for Stuart. We got there around 4:30PM, tied up and hit the showers again. Showers were the highlight of the trip. But we did have a nice dinner at Sailor's Return. The first 100 miles were behind us. Then came the Okeechobee Waterway. I often referred to it as a slog. But occasionally it was pretty interesting. And three times it was kinda scary. We left Stuart late because I had to change the oil and we had to fuel up. The first lock took us up 13'. Some heavy rain made visibility poor and the narrow channel with numerous markers added to the drama. We docked for the night in Indiantown, the place where old boats go to die. But the marina was actually pretty nice. The next day came the scary part - the 49' bridge and shallow Lake Okeechobee. When we got to the bridge I slowed to a crawl. On that day the Army Core of Engineers said the bridge height was 50.13' and Navigation Route 1 was 5.25' deep. As we coasted along we were looking up at the Windex. That would be the first point to touch the bridge. I had my hand on reverse and was ready to hit the throttle if we had to stop. Once the Windex cleared, we watched the VHF antenna. That too cleared. WHEW! One down and one to go, or so I thought. Going through the Port Mayacca lock we dropped 1'. I thought we would be going up, not down. In front of us was a Coast Guard boat. As we were leaving the lock I heard the lock tender tell the CG boat, "Hug the green markers. There's a sand bar near the red markers." I did the same. We got down to less than a foot below our keel but made it out onto the lake without incident. I thought that was it for the close calls. But what I didn't know is the channel leaving the lake was also shallow. We watched the depth sounder numbers drop to below what they were when entering the lake. "Wouldn't that be great if we got all this way and couldn't get off the lake!" But again, no sign of hitting bottom. We planned to stop at Roland Martin's Marina in Clewiston. It's supposed to be the nicest marina on the OWW but we knew if we were to make Ft. Myers the next day we had to keep going. We arrived in Moore Haven around 4:30PM and tied up at the city dock. Then the heavens opened up and it poured! Next day we left early. We must have seen over 100 gators in the water. Some pretty big. Other than the wind being in our face (as it was almost the entire way) it was pretty uneventful until we got close to Ft, Myers. Then the skies turned ominous. I pushed the RPMs to 2300 in hopes we'd beat the storm. This was the front that flooded Texas but we were only to get the southern edge of it. We tied up at the marina and the rain began. But it wasn't anything like we expected. That night we went out for Mexican and Margaritas. The last day was more of the same. Wind in our face and threatening clouds. But no rain. The channel got fairly shallow in several places and once the markers confused us when private markers appeared to be ICW markers. The chartplotter helped get us through. Of course we had a few power boaters knock us around but most were courteous. But the one boat I didn't expect to blow by us was a USCG boat. It left the largest wake of all. But maybe they had an emergency. Then they returned and once again left us some big wakes. Once in Charlotte Harbor the weather started looking worse. All this shallow water had my nerves on edge the entire way. I have been spoiled by Lake Michigan sailing where you don't even think about running aground unless you're asleep. After we passed Boca Grande Inlet and turned NE, the waves were on our port stern and it was a roller coaster ride for the next hour or so. We pulled into the channel leading to our canal a little after 7 and up to our dock around 7:20. I coasted up to the dock and then the boat stopped. We were aground. I gunned the engine and pushed us up into place. We tied the boat up, unloaded the necessary items and returned to the land life again. The boat did great. The through-hull is water tight. And the two of us plopped down in the living room and just sat. At one point I turned on the TV but it was so fast-paced I had to turn it off.
  10. I'll admit I'm a bit nervous, Terry. We're leaving for the boatyard tonight, about a 3 hour drive. It will take us a week or more to bring her back. I've made trips more potentially dangerous than this but I'm still feeling butterflies in my stomach and I can't pinpoint the source. It may be we have no history with the boat. I don't know the ins and outs nor has the engine proven itself to me. If you don't hear from me again, look in Davy Jones' Locker.
  11. This evening we leave for Titusville, where the boat is now on the hard. Monday at 9AM is the scheduled splash. Then we head down the ICW to Stuart where we enter the Okeechobee Waterway and cross the state. Our plans are to be home no later than the following Monday night. 270 miles. Locks. Bridges. It's going to be tough to pull that off in a week. See you when we get back!
  12. Julie Mo


    My birthday was yesterday and everyone was reminding me of it. I don't WANT to be reminded I'm getting older and older. Just send money and tell me it's spare change you had no use for. 🤪
  13. Join the club! I started my first and only build over three years ago. We were living in a rental until we found a house down here. Once we moved into the new house, the ship build started collecting dust. I take it down from the shelf once in a while. I've even left it on one of the workbenches. It's there now. But it still gets ignored. I recently purchased a full size sailboat. Even the house has fallen to second place. And the model? ... What model? 🙄
  14. Happy birthday! All the beautiful people are born in April it seems. 🙂

    Hope you have a blessed and fun day.

    1. Julie Mo

      Julie Mo

      Aw, thank you!  :)

  15. Got 4 new tires today. But lost 5 hours of my life I'll never get back. Yes, 5 hours to install 4 tires. But I shouldn't be upset. The poor guy who was right in front of me when I came in this morning was still there when I left. And all he wanted was a tire rotation.

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