Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29th – Leap Day

Thursday’s weather still looks promising for a crossing to the Bahamas.  Our patient wait has come to an end.  The time has come to bid farewell to Coconut Grove and position Cutter Loose for a quick getaway in the pre-dawn hours of … Continue reading

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Sunday, February 19th through Tuesday, February 28th

Cutter Loose remains on a mooring at Dinner Key Marina as we make final preparations for our departure to the Bahamas.  Weather is the critical factor in selecting a date for this passage.  We are patiently waiting for the approach of … Continue reading

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Saturday, February 18th

In flat calm water, Cutter Loose leaves the relative tranquility of Boca Chita and is en route north in Biscayne Bay to Dinner Key in the City of Miami.  Upon our arrival, the village of Coconut Grove is bustling with activity.  … Continue reading

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Friday, February 17th – lay day at Boca Chita

Today is a day for relaxation and appreciation of this unique setting.  This small island was purchased and developed as a vacation retreat by Mark Honeywell of Honeywell Industries in 1937.  The Honeywells ferried themselves and friends from the Miami area to the … Continue reading

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Thursday, February 16th

It is a relaxed sunny morning aboard Cutter Loose at our Rodriquez Key anchorage.  Our 11 AM departure coincides with mid tide rising at Angelfish Creek, 20 miles to the north of Rodriquez Key.  Angelfish Creek is the inlet of … Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 15th

At 8 AM, a gathering of supportive slipholders at Harbour Cay Club assist with our departure.  Cutter Loose passes between the Fanny Keys and turns northeast into the Intracoastal Waterway of Florida Bay.  The wind today is out of the east at 8 … Continue reading

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Saturday, February 11th to Tuesday, February 14th – lay days in Marathon

By 2 AM on Saturday, the wind is up out of the northwest.  Distant thunder is a precursor to rain showers.  The cold front is on our doorstep here in Marathon. Throughout the early morning hours, wind speed intensifies.  Cutter Loose … Continue reading

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Friday, February 10th

The anchor is up before sunrise in the Little Shark River.  Our destination is Marathon Key, 38 miles to the south, where we will rendezvous once again with buddy boats Island Spirit, Catspaw and CAVU.  Light winds out of the … Continue reading

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Thursday, February 9th

Today is the ultimate day for the sailing purist.  Winds are out of the northeast at 18 to 22 knots.  Our destination is to the southeast.  These are the ingredients for an exhilirating 53 mile sail from Marco Island to … Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 8th

It is a difficult decision to leave Naples.  This town warrants additional exploration.  But the weather picture for the coming weekend involves a cold front that is expected to pass through southern Florida, strong enough in intensity to extend all the … Continue reading

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