May 29

Wooden Sailboat “Hagar” – Local Classic Since 1982

hagar-01.jpgSailboat “Hagar” is a common sight on Santa Rosa Sound, often moored in front of the Fort Walton Landing. While out-and-about on Memorial Day, I had the opportunity to visit with her Captain and Owner Ray Hackney and tour this interesting vessel.
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May 26

Fort Walton Landing

This is Ft Walton Beach’s nicest waterfront park.  Public dock access can accomodate up to 12 small boats, although the water depth of the slips closest to shore can be less than 3′ which limits their utility.  Overnight docking is not permitted without prior permission from the city.
The park offers a boardwalk, multiple fishing docks, a well-equipped childrens park, restrooms, and lots of room to play.  The Landing plays host to most Ft Walton civic celebrations including the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, 4th of July Fireworks, Christmas Ice Skating Rink and Lights, and much more.

The docks are almost always empty due to the overnight restrictions, but we find it’s a great place to pick people up for rides and our kids always enjoy taking a boat ride to the park.

May 20

Ft Walton Crabshack Marina and Restaurant

The Ft Walton Original Waterfront Crabshack Restaurant & Marina offers direct access to Santa Rosa Sound and an easy run east to Destin, north to the Bayou’s, and west to Spectre Island and Navarre.

Completely rebuilt after hurricane Ivan in 2004, the Crabshack offers bunk lifts rated for 10,000, 13,500, and 18,000 lbs as well as wet slips for larger vessels. All lift slips are covered, have 30 – 50 amp shorepower, potable and non-potable water, and nearby pumpouts. Free pumpout service is included with slip rental.

Mid-grade fuel and transient pump-outs are available.

Just west of the wet slips is a dredged channel leading to the restaurant dock.

May 19

USS Oriskany Video Posted!

As promised we put together the best of our video coverage. Be forewarned – taking video from a pitching deck with amateur equipment and then compressing it to video for the web doesn’t make for great quality. We do think it gives a better feel for what it was like to be there than the chopper videos. Be sure to also read our full story on the sinking and check our our photo gallery.

Enjoy Oriskany photos all year with our oversize wall calendar!

May 17

USS Oriskany becomes the Largest Intentional Manmade Reef!

55 gallons of gas = $165.00

Drinks and food for 3 = $25.00

1 Wrench accidently dropped overboard = $5.00

Watching an aircraft carrier sink = Priceless!

Please enjoy our story and when you’re done, check out our Oriskany Videos, and see the full set of pictures at


A Great Way to Spend a Wednesday Morning

It’s a rare day indeed you can run your own boat offshore to watch an aircraft carrier sink. For me, it was the farthest I’d been offshore by about 32 of the 37 mile distance out of Destin Pass. We took the kids to see the Oriskany in Pennsacola last year and thought it’d be quite a treat to see it sunk. At the time, our 20′ boat was up to the task. Since then, we upgraded to our 27′ Regal which was more than adequate for the trip.

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Apr 18

Maiden Voyage of our new Regal

IMG_4506.jpgMoving up to a full cruiser from our 20′ Chaparral cuddy is a big step for our family. Everyone turned out for our maiden voyage of our new 2001 Regal 2760. We needed to drive it from the local big boat launch ramp to our leased lift on Santa Rosa Sound.

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Apr 16

Easter Weekend – With Photos

IMG_4777_edited-1.jpgI guess this weekend marked the official start of boating around Ft Walton Beach. Saturday traffic seemed typical of the more classic boating weekends such as Memorial Day or 4th of July.

We took ‘SC’ out for more driving practice. We’re still making peace with the anchor windlass. The boat seems to reverse weathervane at idle – which makes dropping Continue reading