It was a very unique and exciting weekend!
We went diving for the first time.
It was a first for several things:
First time for MP diving in the open ocean
First time we are out in the ocean!
First time to diving spots in the Keys
We learned a lot and enjoyed it even more!
Glory performed fantastic!
Some interesting facts about Glory Days I did not know:
Best cruise speed on flat water: 1990 rpms - 7.3 to 7.8 knots
If yo go faster, she will simply dig the stern in and create a huge wake, with very little gain in speed.
But once in the ocean... guess what?
2500rpms and the movement of the ocean waves actually helps Glory speed up!
9-9.3 knots burning only 7.5gph so over a 1 mpg at 9 knots! NOT BAD!
OK, now the pretty part: videos and pictures of our weekend and diving experience.
It was a FANTASTIC weekend.
So many great things I just don't know where to start!
It was a long weekend and EVERYONE was out on the water.
Even so, in the Keys, you don't see the massive amount of crazy boaters you see in Miami, so it was great.
We did a lot of "exploration" and that was also great!
There are several places to go to do the type of boating we like: Anchor, paddle, swim, sleep over.
The marina is great too (I know I'm using the word GREAT a great number of times...that's the point of this great post)
So to summarize:
Saturday - go to the multiple locations, starting with the open ocean! - Too windy and too choppy to dive, but went to the site and will go back when weather is better.
Sunday - woke up at a well protected anchor (from windy night) and went to marina, did biking, then back to the boat, went to an island that we will be back in future trips (Bottle Key) to paddle, swim and overnight sleep.
Monday - MP was traveling, so we spent 1/2 at boat taking care of many little chores.
Here are the pics:
This is the entire weekend trip:
And the details -----
That's where the marina is at
Our new marina in the morning
Bringing the toys back into the boat!
Can't get over the beauty of these waters
Going out into the open ocean!! what a new thing for us!