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Monday, February 10, 2020

Naples for the week

We just took a 6 hour journey from Ft. Myers to Naples. This is the first open water run on the Gulf since the crossing. THE crossing. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

Today's trip was very nice. A little choppy, but only 1 footers. Mostly we took them on the quarter beam, which is our preferred ride. The last hour or so we got them head on, making the ride a little bumpy, but still calm. Sunny, warm. Hard to complain.

We've stayed in this marina before, the Naples City Dock. Interestingly, we're almost in exactly the same slip, too. It wasn't as tricky to get into as I remembered from the last time.

We plan on staying until Friday. Thursday we plan on dashing across the state to go to the Miami Boat Show. There are a couple of toys we'd like to get, like a new stereo with Sirius and Bluetooth connectivity. Also we don't have an EPRB so we'd like to get one of the new, smaller versions, like Garmin InReach. Lastly, we want to meet some companies that do diesel heaters (both interior and water), and arrange having that done when we get up to the Chesapeake.

Lovely day on the water
We have just made tentative plans to go to MTOAs National Show, Sept 11 - 14, in Maryland. I received a notice that they were looking for women pilots and boaters to teach other women would-be boaters. I responded, and they seemed excited. Not sure what to expect, but I enjoy teaching.

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