Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gratitude

Now that leg 2 (of 3???) of the world's longest boat PCS is over, we'd like to thank those that made it all possible!  THANK YOU!

Grandma and Grandpa Katrein--Had they not signed on for 2-ish weeks of childcare and a trip to Louisiana so the kids could stay in school, we'd still be planning how to get the boat out of Jacksonville!  Thanks, mom and dad!

Sadler Point Marina--Seriously impressed with the customer care this small yard provided.  We certainly wouldn't have made it to Tampa if they hadn't splashed us on an "off" day.

My carrier Shipmate, Craig--Craig drove I don't know how far out of his way to pick me up at the car rental place and take me to the boat on NAS Jacksonville.  We had been so crunched for time I didn't even manage to get him an adult beverage to thank him!  I'm so thankful for the many great Shipmates I've met along my Navy journey, and especially thankful for Craig.

Another great Shipmate and friend, Bethany McDonald--Despite work, grad school finals, and holiday events, Beth provided us with weather routing on this leg.  I know, I know, I'm a METOC officer, but I've actually never been an official forecaster!  Beth has been a ship router and forecaster and provided critical information when we were offshore and couldn't access all the models, and it was always nice to have another (trained) opinion!  She basically walked us in to Tampa Bay with an hour-by-hour breakdown--we were not surprised by the conditions we saw at all thanks to Beth!

My Maine Maritime classmate, Brian--As we sought out a place to leave the boat around St.Petersburg, Brian generously tried to fit us in at his home's slip, but we wouldn't fit.  He gave us a great recommendation for a marina though, and we now know that we have a friend near the boat--so comforting!

My stellar XO, Mike--I think he hates the fact that it was his idea that I use the middle of December to try to knock this out, but Mike covered down as acting CO wonderfully while I was out and allowed me to focus on my duties underway.

THANK YOU!!!!  


Always an adventure!

We pulled the hook at sunrise as planned, or rather tried to.  We were set good!  After a few tries we were off.  Once we cleared the channel into Tampa Bay the real fun started!  20kts of wind across the length of the bay had stacked some impressive short period waves--we slammed our way across!  As we were headed for a tight channel with very little extra depth, the wave motion was concerning.  The Tampa bridge dampened the waves at the start of the channel, but all that wind had managed to blow water out of the bay and the channel was extra tight!  In one spot of reported shoaling Frank saw 7'--we draw 6'3"!  Tight!

We got a little reprieve as we made our way toward the marina and had a few friends join us.

The marina approach was shallow and the tide was going out--more stress!  We were finally to the dock and still couldn't catch a break.  The current and 15kt wind kept pushing us all over the place as Frank tried to back in.  After 4 tries and much help from our new dock neighbors, Lehe Paine was docked!  Whew!  

We quickly packed, grabbed a rental car, had a nice lunch as the marina fish shack, and buttoned up the boat.  That's the end of this leg of the move!