Monthly Archives: January 2012

Saturday, January 28th – exodus from Cayo Costa

After a well-deserved day off, the solar collectors on Cutter Loose are back on the job today.  Sunny skies have returned to southwestern Florida.  One by one, our group of four weigh anchor and carefully sound their way on a … Continue reading

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Friday, January 27th

At 4 AM, we are awakened by the sound of thunder and steady rain pelting the deck of Cutter Loose.  This change in weather contributes to a lazy start to the day aboard Cutter Loose.  By mid-morning, the precipitation has passed.  The residual … Continue reading

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Thursday, January 26th

Cutter Loose remains on the hook in Pelican Bay today.  We take advantage of this relaxed setting to explore the beach at Cayo Costa State Park.  Access to the park is provided by small boat docks and a dinghy dock.  Ferry … Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 25th

We continue to enjoy gorgeous weather here in Southwest Florida.  Since January 11th when an afternoon thunderstorm interrupted our visit to Key West, there has been no rain and only occasional cloudiness.  The fair weather trend continues today as Cutter Loose … Continue reading

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Saturday, January 21st to Tuesday, January 24th – lay days in Fort Myers Beach

Our extended stay at Fort Myers Beach affords an opportunity to visit with family and friends and to enjoy the relaxed ambience of this casual beach town.  The outstanding weather this weekend attracts a massive migration to the beach.  From a boating perspective, … Continue reading

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Friday, January 20th

It is 7 AM in Factory Bay.  The sound of clanking anchor chains can be heard across the anchorage as our group of Island Packets simultaneously get underway.  Cutter Loose brings up the rear of the parade leaving Marco Island … Continue reading

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Thursday, January 19th – lay day at Marco Island

Cutter Loose remains at anchor in Factory Bay today awaiting the arrival of sailing friends aboard Catspaw and Cavu.  A weak cold front has stalled over southern Florida.  Winds  are from the north and northeast.  Temperatures are in the 70s … Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 18th

The anchor is up in the Little Shark River before sunrise.  But to our dismay, the no-see-ums are awake before our departure.  Winds are light out of the east and the water is flat calm.  Although the sails are drawing, the diesel engine … Continue reading

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Tuesday, January 17th

A dozen or more slipholders at Harbour Cay Club gather dockside on Tuesday morning to bid us farewell and assist with our docklines.  Our departure is akin to leaving a family reunion.  Waving goodbye, we make sail at Fanny Key and enter … Continue reading

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Thursday, January 12th through Monday, January 16th

Our final days in Marathon pass rapidly.  With access to shoreside amenities from our slip, we succumb to the laid back approach to life in the Keys.  One of the many advantages of establishing roots in a marina is that … Continue reading

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