Friday, July 11, 2014

Docked at Ft. Walton Beach

Captain's Log: 11 July, 2014; Hour: 1933

We made good time today from Panama City and docked at Legendary Marina. Apparently they aren't legendary for helping big boats dock. We had a bit of a rough time with the wind blowing and the tide rushing out.

We're in for the night. I did my last show for a week. Another radio station in our cluster has dibs on the remote broadcasting unit back at the station so I'm taking a week of vacation to finish the journey. We should hit Mobile or even beyond tomorrow. Our adventure takes us up the Tombigbee River then to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. We hope to make Columbus, MS by early week then Pickwick Lake by mid-week, at which point the trip will be over.

Below are a couple of shots of the paint that was peeled from the vessel during the gulf crossing. We're extremely lucky that's all that happened. She's going to need a fresh coat of paint when she finally gets home. But, boy, will she have some stories to tell.

Starboard side paint sheered
during gulf crossing
Port side


  1. See my post I just typed below yesterday's blog entry. I was the guy in the blue hulled Intrepid center console checking out your boat @4:45 today.
    Capt. Ed Brown

  2. Awesome Phil this is a dream of mine and I intent to fulfill it in the future. For now I will just have to live it through you.

  3. Phil, just watched Yesterday sail past my house on Santa Rosa Sound--she's a beautiful boat! You may time it just right to watch the Blue Angels Air Show over Pensacola Beach this afternoon. Enjoy your vacation!

    1. Very nice. Wish I'd known where you were. We would've waved.

  4. Sounds like those old 8V71 Detroits are just purring along. We've got generators on the Historic Ship "LST-325" powered by original WWII 8V71's. You can't beat them for reiliability and longevity. Enjoy the rest of your trip.