Boat Delivery: The Road Less Traveled

by Mike Stevens

Delivering a Gemini from St. Petersburg to F ort Lauderdale:

A planned vacation in the Keys takes a turn to accommodate Mother Nature

My wife and I were offered recently the chance to sail a new Gemini catamaran from St. Petersburg, FL, to F ort Lauderdale, F L “Wow,” we thought, “a week in the F lorida Keys in winter, what’s not to like?” So, we quickly made plans and soon were flying away from the snow. After a day of preparation and provisioning, we left early for the long sail down St. Pete Bay, passing beneath the beautiful Sunshine Skyway Bridge by 10 am.

Our plans were to head offshore south to Sarasota, but the weather dictated a change in plans. The wind had shifted to 20 knots on the nose. We ducked in behind

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