May 10

Cruising the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway – Fort Walton Beach to Pensacola

Last weekend, we got a chance to make our 1st ‘distance’ overnight trip of the 2007 boating season in our Regal 2760 ‘Southern Comfort’. South winds made for calm water in the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway as we cruised west to Little Sabine Bay in Pensacola Beach. Our boating weekend would include camping out with friends Travis and John and their family members Friday night, followed by a beach-side church shrimp boil on Saturday.
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May 06

Wednesday Night Sailboat Racing Aboard the Pegasus

There are few better ways to spend an evening away from home while traveling than out on a sailboat race with a happy crew. Thanks to an invite from Captain Pete, I got the chance to act as living ballast and boom tensioner during a Wednesday night race aboard a Beneteau 36 named ‘Pegasus’. The race was held in Galesvile, Maryland on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. The local marine chart is US5MD13 – Eastern Bay And South River. You can load a limited version of the chart in Google Earth format from EarthNC.com’s online chart list or use their new EarthNC Online nautical map viewer and zoom down into the Galesvile area. Continue reading

Apr 29

And We Tought Florida Sharkfishing was Easy!

Why bother with a boat, cut bait, and chum when you can catch sharks from your balcony with a pork chop? Anglers in Australia’s “Gold Coast” region of southeast Queensland (central east coast of Australia) can bull shark fish from home along hundreds of miles of brackish canals. This quote from the UK Telegraph on shark fishing along the canals of Australia’s Gold Coast says it all: Continue reading

Apr 18

Liquid Surf and Sail Kite Bash and Kayak Demo

Kiteboarding_3138Liquid Surf and Sail, Fort Walton Beach, plays host this weekend for their 3rd annual Spring ‘Kite Bash’ at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Okaloosa Island. The North Kite team will be on hand to show off their new gear. On May 5th, Liquid Plays host again, this time for a Hobie Kayak demo. For the latest information, please visit the Liquid Surf and Sail Event Webpage.

Mar 30

Introducing EarthNC Plus – 677 US Marine Charts for Google Earth on 1 CD

Introduction EarthNC Plus - Our Emerald Coast Boatshow BoothDestinSharks is pleased to announce the availability of ‘EarthNC Plus‘ – a compilation of 677 US marine charts on a single CD for use with Google Earth. Charts are derived from NOAA ENC and Army Corps IENC digital vector charts with significant enhancements for use with Google Earth’s powerful 3D mapping engine. EarthNC Plus is being offered at an introductory price of $49.95 which includes a 12 month chart update subscription.

Following direct sales at the Emerald Coast Boat Show this weekend, we will begin shipping EarthNC Plus orders via our new website at EarthNC.com.

Mar 14

Aquaglide Multisport – a Quick Review of our Latest ‘Boat’

We’d been looking for a small boat to carry on our Regal 2760 for use at anchor or at our favorite beach locations. The Regal is big enough for a modest dingy, but we’re not yet in the position to spend for the necessary outboard to go with it. I’d seen advertisements for the Aquaglide products, but hadn’t had a chance to evaluate one up close until our trip to the Miami boat show last month. At the show, we got to see the Aquaglide Multisport, which is a combination towable, windsurfer, sailboat, and kayak built on an inflatable hull for easy portability. We decided this fit the bill as a carry along ‘toy’ for our cruising adventures and would give us a nice platform to teach the kids some basic sailing techniques. Read on for our review: Continue reading

Mar 04

Billy Parker Flexifoil Kite and Board Demo Day 1

IMG_4234Today’s demo was highlighted by warm sun, great board action, and tasty food. Unfortunately, a good wind was not to be had. Flexifoil rider Billy Parker reverted fossil-fuel power to put on a show for members of the Gulf Coast Kiteboarders Association and XLKites kite shop. The light winds made for great boating and we took ‘Southern Comfort’ out to watch the wakeboard and wakeskate action. Click on the photo to see the full gallery.

The wind forecast is favorable for tomorrow and everyone will be back out the beach around 9am for the demo and riding. The race and downwinder will start around 4pm wind permitting.

Jan 28

Starting Right with Our 1st Kiteboarding Lesson

We didn’t have the greatest wind or the greatest weather, but it was enough to have a good time learning proper kite flying from the friendly crew of XLKites in Fort Walton Beach. Phil taught me basic kite flying and safety techniques starting with a 3m Slingshot trainer kite, then up to a 9m Cabrinha Contra and lastly a 14m Carbrinha Contra. Sarah got a little bit of video of me ‘surfing’ down the beach which we’ll try to post later.