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Old 02-08-2021, 08:29 AM
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hey everybody. Hope everyone is heathy and safe. I wanted to share something with you that you may or may not find interesting, but wanted to share none-the-less. i had enough of what 2020 had to offer and needed to escape and have an adventure so I planned a trip. I was fishing a tournament out of Hatteras last fall and told these guys about the trip i was planning and one of them said i should share it with everyone because i wasn't the only one that needed to do something different and somebody might enjoy it. he offered to handle it all, he is starting a media company and wanted a project and the more i thought about it, the more i agreed with him. Let me tell you, there's nothing special about me or this trip except I'm doing it in a skiff. From what I've read over 13,000 pleasure boats use all or a portion of the ICW annually to get away so I'm not breaking new ground. not trying to, just wanted to have another adventure. I've delivered sailboats up and down the ditch, moved sport fisherman from south Florida back north and ducked inside when it got lumpy and even ran an 18' CC from Atlantic Beach, NC to St Augustine once but never seen the whole thing. I'm starting in Norfolk at what I've read to be the official start at MM 0 and go to the port of Miami at MM 1,089. I have another captain going as well. My wife asked why, i didn't have an answer except why not. she's sort of used to this sort of stuff out of me. Anyway, if want to take a peek I'm told the website is now live at WWW.doingtheditch.com. if you are bored to death and have 32 minutes, go to you tube and type in Doing the ditch and the first pod cast is there. id never heard a pod cast until i recorded one. I'm telling you I just point the boat, he does the heavy lifting with the internet and face book, (which is coming up at some point.) he's getting a kick out of it and maybe someone else will too and if it helps pass the time, give it a look. we hope to record a pod cast every day after we tie up for the night and recap the day. When the pod cast got out, we had several folks want to be a part of it and now they are. kind of cool, I've never done anything like this, like i said I'm nothing special just an old dude that wants to be on the water. thanks for your time reading this.
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Why not! I will definitely check it out. Big time stories are going to come out of this.
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Didn't someone do the Great Loop on a pontoon a few years back? Anyways sounds like it will be a lot of fun. In NC there are several places you can dock up and get a hotel room.
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Thank you for posting that!! Reach out and live, what a great message. I will be following you and if you get in the area between Savannah & Jacksonville and need anything hit me up.
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Thanks a bunch. All jokes aside, all i wanted was an adventure but I'm thrilled Grady convinced me to allow him to put this together. It has caught the ear of some folks and organizations that have truly surprised me. To your point, i hope something interesting does come out of this. Really appreciate your time to watch and listen.
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Thanks for taking time to watch and listen. I hope it is as much fun as i think it will be. going to be challenging in some areas but maybe we can hold it together!!! Thanks again
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That's nice of you thanks. If all goes according to plan and mother nature cooperates and the boat holds together, Day 5 there is a plan to be in Isle of Hope or Thunderbolt area. Hope i don't need you but thanks for the offer!!! Thanks for your time.
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Looking forward to the sea stories Greg.

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Thanks Tom. Hopefully there will be some fun stories out of this. Look forward to sharing them with everyone
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It would be nice to have a location or description for each photo you post. Good luck!
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Thatís the plan to keep Face book updated with the photos/videos as we have cell service and thatís going to include location for sure. and If all goes as planned we will be able to send all footage from the go pros etc. for the day back to Waterman media and they will get it on the website. Thanks for time to watch/listen.
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Curious...what is the skiff? Why a skiff? Sounds either very slow, wet, or painful. Or some combination of the three? Not dissing it, just curious as to the thought process.
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Great questions and Iíve been asked both a lot lately. Itís a 27í Coastal Skiff by Four Sons Marine. They built one for me 5 years ago a 21í. They are solid boats. Youíre right, itís not a pleasure cruise if the weather and water act up but its an adventure none-the-less. Not sure what really spawned the idea but the more I thought about it the more i said, well why not a skiff. As for speed we should be able to make relatively good time. If the wind picks up on day 2 when we tackle the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds it could be slower than we want just to be safe but after that we hope to run at a decent speed. The no wakes in Florida could slow us down as well. You raise some good points though. Thanks for asking and sharing.
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Great questions and Iíve been asked both a lot lately. Itís a 27í Coastal Skiff by Four Sons Marine. They built one for me 5 years ago a 21í. They are solid boats. Youíre right, itís not a pleasure cruise if the weather and water act up but its an adventure none-the-less. Not sure what really spawned the idea but the more I thought about it the more i said, well why not a skiff. As for speed we should be able to make relatively good time. If the wind picks up on day 2 when we tackle the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds it could be slower than we want just to be safe but after that we hope to run at a decent speed. The no wakes in Florida could slow us down as well. You raise some good points though. Thanks for asking and sharing.
Stay inside, Plamco sucks.
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This is very similar to your trip.

https://www.youtube.com/user/3DSAILOR/featured

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Iím sure that guy saw some sights. Quite the trip. I respect anyone that goes for it and reaches out and grabs it all. I hope to show some good stuff but will be hard to compete with his footage. Thanks for sharing this.

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Good Luck Greg. Have fun and be safe. I don't do Facebook so keep us updated on THT when you get the time. When do you plan to start the journey?
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Great questions and Iíve been asked both a lot lately. Itís a 27í Coastal Skiff by Four Sons Marine. They built one for me 5 years ago a 21í. They are solid boats. Youíre right, itís not a pleasure cruise if the weather and water act up but its an adventure none-the-less. Not sure what really spawned the idea but the more I thought about it the more i said, well why not a skiff. As for speed we should be able to make relatively good time. If the wind picks up on day 2 when we tackle the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds it could be slower than we want just to be safe but after that we hope to run at a decent speed. The no wakes in Florida could slow us down as well. You raise some good points though. Thanks for asking and sharing.
27' Definitely makes it make more sense, especially in the tight chop you are likely to encounter much of the way. Length solves a lot of issues. Never seen that brand before. They look very nice for what they are. Love the wide open space.
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Originally Posted by Bodie boy View Post
Great questions and I’ve been asked both a lot lately. It’s a 27’ Coastal Skiff by Four Sons Marine. They built one for me 5 years ago a 21’. They are solid boats. You’re right, it’s not a pleasure cruise if the weather and water act up but its an adventure none-the-less. Not sure what really spawned the idea but the more I thought about it the more i said, well why not a skiff. As for speed we should be able to make relatively good time. If the wind picks up on day 2 when we tackle the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds it could be slower than we want just to be safe but after that we hope to run at a decent speed. The no wakes in Florida could slow us down as well. You raise some good points though. Thanks for asking and sharing.
Been offshore on one of the few 23 foot offshore focused center consoles they made. Very well built boats, and I know he has had a great experience with them.

That is a very pretty run on the ICW. Will be following. Good luck and enjoy!
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Originally Posted by Bodie boy View Post
Iím sure that guy saw some sights. Quite the trip. I respect anyone that goes for it and reaches out and grabs it all. I hope to show some good stuff but will be hard to compete with his footage. Thanks for sharing this.
Looking forward to your updates!!
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