Date: 27 June 2014. In the Rain.
the Steinhatchee channel in the rain is a wonderful way to start a
day if you're fortunate enough to have a pilothouse and can stay dry. Visibility was
good and I did enjoy watching the waterfowl on various markers as I
went by. Although all markers are due respect, trying to "cut the
corner" is not a good idea here. Put it this way: the area
you're in is called Deadman Bay.
Proceeding out the channel was
fun. Steinhatchee has a lot of small boat traffic, but not when it's
raining. As an aside, this is The Sea Hag Marina on the 4th of July:
I refilled my fuel tank (diesel!)
and picked up a gallon of Delo40 weight oil too at Sea Hag, along
with a bag of ice. And no, not on the 4th of July. I go
no where on a holiday -- there are too many on the waters and I
don't want to be a part of that mess.
Leaving Steinhatchee on a rainy
allowed me to have the waterway to myself.
Though there were no other boaters,
I was not alone.
←That is a
Caspian Tern sitting atop Marker 9 in the Steinhatchee channel.
The flat head and red beak help identify it for me. That,
and my favorite bird book,
Birds of North America.
I would not wish to be
outside on a day like this. But inside, sipping hot
chocolate/coffee is quite decadent. And totally wonderful.
Truly, I am blessed.
Pelican atop another marker.
cruising along three miles off shore on a course of 160 degrees when
over the horizon and to the east I spotted a sailboat. It's
always fun when you spot someone "out there" especially when there
have been a dearth of vessels since morning. Along the Gulf coast
it's rather lonesome. There are some signs of civilization though:
For instance, there's a red crab
pot about dead center of this photo. The
Some Crabbers are Perverse
piece speaks to those color choices that test my sense of humor at
Still, this particular morning I
was cruising along, three miles from shore when I spotted a sailboat
heading toward me. How exciting!
Company, such as it is, and yes, I
did hail the boat on the radio. Alas, no answer to my calls on VHF
Channel 16. Sometimes there's a reason and sometimes not but
still it would have been nice to say hello to another cruiser.
Thursday's Child is just left of center at the
I took a
couple of pictures and tried calling the boat on the VHF. Few
of us have pictures of our boat underway -- after all, we're inside
and so I was going to offer to take a nice picture for them. Alas,
no response on Channel 16.
life and at least the rain has stopped...
when you're out here, leave your radio on. You'll miss stuff
otherwise. For proof positive of that, read
By the Shipyard.
I enjoy meeting new friends and
the VHF is a great source of entertainment for me. You never know
what you'll hear if you scan lots of channels. It's fun, and
funny sometimes too.
Aboard Seaweed my VHF
radio on, scanning all channels. One day I was listening
to some dredgers as they worked. They were digging a channel deeper for
larger vessels to be able to pass through. Anyway, I heard the
boys talking, and one said "You're breaking up" to the other
fellow when reception was poor.
The smart guy receiving
that message replied, "But I didn't
even know we were going steady."
Back on the east coast
whenever the boys were saying stuff I didn't want to hear, or
disagreed with, I'd reply "You're breaking up" (meaning "horse
pucky") so hearing the same term over here tickled me.
Obviously I'm easily amused.
That's life in the slow cruiser
lane. Stay dry and have fun boating.
Is your boat dry when underway in the rain?
And, do you like cruising in the rain? (Not a pouring down/can't see a
thing thunder-boomer, but a nice cooling drizzle type of shower.)
Anchor Up (Painting your chain) ~
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