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PDQ 34 Starts the Great Loop

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PDQ 34 Starts the Great Loop
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Ready to start the Great Loop, the owners of this 34 PDQ called Captain Chris to help start the journey off right!

We met John & Jill on Florida's west coast where they purchased their 34 PDQ named ENDEAVOR - the perfect boat to do the loop. Wide side decks to walk all the way around the boat will come in handy when it's time to lock through the Erie Canal.

John asked us to accompany them across the Okeechobee Waterway to the Treasure Coast, a planned 5 day journey. We would anchor, dock, pump out and in general, do a shake down cruise while training with these new owners. Mother nature had other plans in mind for us as we encountered wind in excess of 35 knots, forcing us to hold over in Clewiston an extra day. Opportunities to spend a little more time trip planning as well as thinking through all the many tasks that lie ahead. You see, John plans to single hand for much of this Endeavor. So we practiced, launching the dinghy and setting and lifting the anchor without a mate.

While we started John and Jill's adventure in gorgeous blue skies with sunshine galore, our last day aboard brought more rain than these parts have seen in years. Fort Pierce flooded with rain in excess of 14 inches. That's a good day to be tied to the dock!

 

if you'd like to read more about this 34 PDQ Endeavor go to our Favorite Links and follow along in his blog. Here is their first note after we left them to solo on their Great Loop Adventure.

 

Hi Guys!

Arrived at Melbourne safe and sound and docked like a pro….yeeeeee…hawwww!

Plan to lay up here for a few days for the maintenance stuff and to relax from a couple of months of schedules and deadlines.....Thanks for all your help.

John

 

Captain Chris is ready to start training.
Disconnect the power at the pedestal.
Easy access to the fuel filters.
Check all the fluids each morning before starting.
Deck hardware that makes anchoring much easier.
Ta-da! we are anchored!
Docking is a breeze with twin engines.
Let's pump out before we get underway again.
Filling the fuel tank and taking a peek at the fuel gauge.
Two fixed bridges in a row.
A swing bridge.
All types of bridges on this stretch of the waterway. This one is a railroad bridge, always open unless a train is coming.
RADAR and GPS are terrific tools for navigating.
John likes this form of navigating...but I think that's 1050 miles to NYC as the crow flies, not as the ICW turns.
Jill prefers learning to get directions looking at charts.
The locks answer on VHF radio channel 13.
As we enter the third lock we almost don't mind that the lock master never came out of his office to assist us....almost.
Jill learns the ropes in all five locks as we come across the state.
Once the wind died down to below 25kts we headed out across Lake Okeechobee....but it was c-c-cold!

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