Day's log for Thursday, August 16th, 2001 - Clewiston, FL
Bob came down to the dock. He had found someone in a runabout with a great big outboard that would do the job. They took off. I paid for my dockage and
1010 - left dock
1020 - passed SM 65
1100 - passed SM 70
Is this where the US Army Corps of Engineers store their paperwork?
1106 - saw alligators - or rather their eyes. When I approached the eyes would pop below the surface leaving some ripples.
1123 - passed tug and barge "Leitner". Later I heard on the VHF that they requested lockage. Even this US ACE tug had to wait because of the water restrictions.
1127 - heard "clank" from below - probably a stick hitting the prop
What's with all of these dead trees?
1150 - passed SM 75
1220 - arrived Moore Haven Lock and Dam.
1230 - I asked the lockmaster where a good anchorage spot was and he said anywhere. So I anchored by the restricted area above the spillway and had lunch.
1240 - a powerboat "Suite Deern" arrived and anchored across the channel
1345 - started motor and raised anchor.
1405 - turned boat in circles to keep load on the diesel. It is not good for the diesel to run under no load and low temp for long periods. The boat turned in a neat circle of about thirty feet radius.
1426 - completed lockage for 6" drop
1445 - passed SM 80
A great big roach skittered on the rubrail. I helped it to walk the plank.
1535 - passed SM 85
1550 - noted engine temp up slightly
1620 - passed SM 90
1650 - approaching Ortona Lock
1715 - finished locking through with "Suite Deern" again. I got there just in time for the 1700 lockage. They must have waited a while.
1726 - passed SM 95
1748 - constructed a table relating engine RPM to knots through water.
1800 RPM - 5.91 kts
1700 RPM - 5.68 kts
1600 RPM - 5.34 kts
1100 RPM - 4.08 kts
700 RPM - 2.40 kts
1757 - resumed 1700 RPM
1806 - passed SM 100
Just cruisin' till the cows come home - or so it seemed like here. I went through a lot of farm country.
1837 - approaching bridge
1845 - passed through LaBelle Bridge. The bridge tender had me talk to her on VHF channel 16 - didn't want 9 for some reasonn.
1920 - passed SM 105
1930 - passed Ft. Denaud Bridge
1956 - passed SM 110
2050 - dropped anchor. Here I dropped two anchors. I wanted to be parallel to the shoreline and as close as possible to reduce the possibility of a drunk person in a speed boat ramming me at 0200 the next morning. It being a steel boat this is something the person would definitely remember or it would be their last experience on Earth. It would put a huge dent in my boat requiring expensive repairs too. I heard a story of a couple in a Venture 24 sailboat getting killed this way.
There were a lot of mosquitoes so I put the screens up and burned a citronella candle for a bit before turning in.Prev Home Next