By Karen and Marcel Steinz
After cruising for the past 7 years in the Bahamas
and Florida, we have decided to
bring Southern Cross north. This year we stayed in Florida.
The boat endured 4 hurricanes this past year and suffered a lot of water
damaged inside. In the past we have never had a problem but the hatches popped
due to the pressure of the winds during Charlie,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
Luck was with us and the boat did not fall over but there were 14 boats in our
yard that did. We launched the boat January 5th in Titusville
after six weeks of hard work to bring Southern Cross to Bristol
condition. We can claim to be experts in the removal of mold and mildew.
We spent most of our time after launch in Vero
Beach (aka. Velcro Beach).
This harbour is just off the ICW where you can rent a mooring for $10 per
night. The Vero Beach Municipal Marina is a great spot to hangout for the
winter months. There are 50+ moorings, great showers and washrooms, laundry
facilities, Captain Quarter's with TV and internet along with FREE bus service
to the shops and library.
Since both of us have commitments at the end of March in Oakville,
Ontario, we decided to have the boat
trucked to the Chesapeake. It was
not possible to ship the boat home to Ontario
due to the snow and the yards still full of boats.
We where glad that Tom Assenmacher put
us in touch with a local transport company in the Chesapeake area.
Boat Lovers Transport
is owned and operated by Kip and Linda Newbould of Coles Point, VA. After having arranged the
transportation, the boat was hauled at Cracker Boy Marina in Fort
Pierce. This is a top notch operation. One must make
reservations to be lifted or launched.
Being Loaded Onto Boat Lovers Transport Trailer
We spent a few days on the hard removing and wrapping the
mast for transport, strapping the dinghy on deck and general boat stuff
readying the boat for transport.
SOUTHERN CROSS On The Hard At Cracker Boy Marina, Ft. Pierce, FL
The boat was loaded
on the flatbed on Monday, March 14th and was delivered to Coan River Marina
early Wednesday, March 16th.
Kip And Linda Newbould Loading
SOUTHERN CROSS For Transport To The Coan River Marina.
Cross Ready For Trip North
(Karen got to ride with Marcel)
The Coan River
Marina is approximately 10 miles from the Chesapeake Bay
about 10 Miles up the Potomac River and is a first rate
marina. They have just been recognized as a Virginia Clean Marina. They offer
very reasonable rates for their services.
On The Hard At The Coan River Marina.
After the boat left Fort Pierce,
we drove north visiting friends in Beaufort as well as Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
in Kinsale, VA.
A few days were spent at the marina putting Southern Cross to bed for the
We both highly recommend Cracker Boy Marina in Fort Pierce, Florida
(772 465 7031) - Boat Lovers Transport,
Virginia (804 472 9223) - as well
as Coan River Marina, Lottsburg,
Virginia, (804 529 6767).