In May 2016, Scott and I took the boat for 10 days on a shake down cruise to learn more about the boat and some of newly installed equipment. We invited our good friends, Phil and Jackie, to join us on the trip.

We motorsailed west from Shell Point to Dog Island, where we spent the first night. On the second day, we motorsailed to Apalachicola. We anchored in the river one night and tied up to the city wharf the second night. We spent the day sight seeing, shopping and enjoying the town. At cocktail time, we headed over to the Gibson Inn. None of us had ever been there before so it was treat. The historic inn has been wonderfully restored and Phil (a retired historic preservationist) told us all about it. We had dinner at a local restaurant.

Boat at anchor

SV Island Time at anchor on the Apalachicola River.

Appoaching the bridge to St. George Island

Approaching the bridge to St. George Island.

Sunset over the Apalachicola River.

Sunset over the Apalachicola River.

The next day, we traveled up the Apalachicola River to Lake Wimico on the Intracoastal Waterway on our way to Port St. Joe. Our original plan was to anchor for the night, but the winds made it choppy so we headed for the marina, where we spent two nights. We re-provisioned at the Piggly Wiggly, shopped at the adorable stores just one block north of US 98 and enjoyed pizza for dinner at Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza (there are two, the other one is in Tallahassee).

When we left the marina, we sailed around St. Joe Bay, went for a swim and anchored by the lighthouse for the night.

Lighthouse and museum

Lighthouse at the town of Port St. Joe.

The next day, we reversed course and headed through the lake, back to Apalachicola where we anchored for the night before heading to Dog Island to meet the cruising fleet for Memorial Day weekend at Dog Island. There were at least 12 boats there from the Apalache Bay Yacht Club. Scott caught a Spanish mackerel on the way and we were happy to grill it and offer as a appetizer to share with our friends joining us there.

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boats at anchor

Several boats from Apalache Bay Yacht Club at anchor at Dog Island.