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Seven Miles An Hour Retiring on a Trawler with Cats

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"Seven Miles an Hour" is for anyone who wonders what it’s like to live on a boat and follow the seasons up and down the coast, all Trawler owners and Wannabes, everyone approaching retirement with little enthusiasm, all those who enjoy a good read and a chuckle, as well as cat lovers everywhere.

Seven Miles An Hour isn’t only about the pleasures of gunkholing in Florida and the Keys. There’s a sudden grounding, an alligator encounter, a dragging anchor, and a cat overboard. There’s the search for the green flash, making new friends in remote anchorages, a guardian angel, as well as practical advice on anchoring out, coastal cruising, and living aboard.

Author: Don Wallace

Format: Spiral bound

Pages: 153

Table of Contents: Seven Miles an Hour

1. LET'S GO SEE IT — Workaholics see a boat, and get retired forever.

2. SURVEY — The Condition & Value Survey – extreme relief when Jazz passes.

3. SUICIDE MISSION — Solo Trip on Jazz. Gillian didn’t expect to come back.

4. WHAT WE DIDN’T KNOW — We sure were ignorant. What we did about it.

5. JAZZ’S SUMMER HOME — Finding the right marina for Jazz.

6. WEATHER BLUES — Falling asleep in the Power Squadron Weather class.

7. SEASICK — Conch sandwich for lunch, Gillian thought we’d have to sell the boat.

8. FINALLY UNDERWAY — Getting ready, casting off.

9. GUNKHOLING — Why a trawler, not a sailboat. When the Admiral’s happy.

10. A DAY IN THE LIFE — What we do all day. What we do at night.

11. CRUISING WITH THE LADIES — What the cats think about it.

12. INTRA-COASTAL WATERWAY — 1,200 miles of safety, some stunning scenery.

13. SMALL SPACES — Coping with closeness. No sweat.

14. CRUISIN' CATS — Tangled up on Jazz.

15. KNIFE — Life and death musings. Why it’s good to be prepared, always.

16. REVERSE SPRING — Driving north to the cottage, cats thrilled.

17. BOAT UNITS — The cost of boating – rip-off – legal recourse – acceptance.

18. STILL DREAMING — Stress free cruising. Money doesn’t matter.

19. BIRTHDAY IN GEORGIA – New friends, Blue Bahama, a drink named for Jazz.

20. POOR FUNNY — Poor Funny falls overboard, cats at the vets, imaginary pill.

21. HOW JAZZ GOT HER NUMBERS ON — Florida Dinghy License.

22. SUBMERSIBLE — Gillian drops expensive radio overboard, $5.00 salvage fee.

23. LANGUAGE — How we learned to talk the talk. Why you should too.

24. HARD AGROUND — Going aground in 17 feet of water. Saving two sailboats.

25. GUARDIAN ANGEL — Christmas at St. Augustine, FL - Paul saves Xmas.

26. SWAN CHASE — Attack of the killer swan – excellent dinghy trip, nature rules.

27. BACK TO THE BARRACKS — Going aground, US Coastguard to the rescue….

28. BLACK HOLE — You can arrive at Vero Beach, but you can’t leave ‘till Monday.

29. TMRS — Funny Face has indigestion, too many rock shrimp. Daddy’s fault.

30. RUSSELL PASS YACHT CLUB — How we became a charter member.

31. PIECE OF CAKE — Changing the oil the first time.

32. COMPETENCE — “Hands” and “minds”. Two kinds of men.

33. HALF OF IT — Mooring line chafed through. Disaster averted.

34. DRIFT FISHING — Jet Skis Again. Plus a hostile American. Did he steal our flag?

35. OKEECHOBEE — Alligators, floating hyacinths, & forest ranger.

36. SANIBEL – Give me an island, a beach, a simple sunset.

37. PRETTIEST TOWN IN FLORIDA – Really, it is.

38. AVOCADOS — Crashing the party. Excellent Avocados.

39. WORKING YOUR PASSAGE — Engine failure. Exec pours water, home safely.

40. CORAL OR BRONZE — Relationship conflicts. “It’s our boat, and our decision”

41. FLUKE — “You won’t believe what happened to my anchor.”

42. MOST WANTED TRAWLER — Fast Internet. Dawn escape from Beaufort.

43. VERY HIGH FREQUENCY — How to use the radio the Coast Guard way.

44. NO VACANCY — Why we leave late. Why I worry. Why the Admiral doesn’t.

45. BETTER THAN THAT — If your boat’s going to break down, here’s where to be.

46. TIME-WASTER — Computer revolution exposed.

47. GEORGIA GRASS — Georgia by dinghy, an afternoon to keep forever.

48. UGLY FLORIDA — Fernandina Beach, shopping for souvenirs. Afternoon gale.

49. MANATEE GUY — Endangered species, several points of view. Good news.

50. DRAGON POINT — Woops. Major embarrassing screw-up, everybody watching.

51. WILD HORSES—Cumberland Island, Georgia. Herb the weather forecaster.

52. THIN WATER — West Coast of Florida, aground again, what else is new?

53. AN EVENING TO REMEMBER — Perfection theory. Can it get better than this?

54. ALLIGATOR — Cold, merciless eyes. Lunch and dinner. Our 3 HP escape.

55. NORTH WINDS — Trailer camp store at Goodland, Gillian vindicated.

56. FIGHT — A little misunderstanding at the tops of our voices. Neighbors move.

57. ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT — Don’t forget the chain saw.

58. DINNER AT THE PINK — There’s no free lunch. How we got a free dinner.

59. STORM — A close call, “I’ll have to ask my husband”, how we survived anyway.

60. THE LAST WORD — “Yes, Darling”.

Appendix - Practical Advice

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"Seven Miles an Hour" is for anyone who wonders what it’s like to live on a boat and follow the seasons up and down the coast, all Trawler owners and Wannabes, everyone approaching retirement with little enthusiasm, all those who enjoy a good read and a chuckle, as well as cat lovers everywhere.

Seven Miles An Hour isn’t only about the pleasures of gunkholing in Florida and the Keys. There’s a sudden grounding, an alligator encounter, a dragging anchor, and a cat overboard. There’s the search for the green flash, making new friends in remote anchorages, a guardian angel, as well as practical advice on anchoring out, coastal cruising, and living aboard.

Author: Don Wallace

Format: Spiral bound

Pages: 153

Table of Contents: Seven Miles an Hour

1. LET'S GO SEE IT — Workaholics see a boat, and get retired forever.

2. SURVEY — The Condition & Value Survey – extreme relief when Jazz passes.

3. SUICIDE MISSION — Solo Trip on Jazz. Gillian didn’t expect to come back.

4. WHAT WE DIDN’T KNOW — We sure were ignorant. What we did about it.

5. JAZZ’S SUMMER HOME — Finding the right marina for Jazz.

6. WEATHER BLUES — Falling asleep in the Power Squadron Weather class.

7. SEASICK — Conch sandwich for lunch, Gillian thought we’d have to sell the boat.

8. FINALLY UNDERWAY — Getting ready, casting off.

9. GUNKHOLING — Why a trawler, not a sailboat. When the Admiral’s happy.

10. A DAY IN THE LIFE — What we do all day. What we do at night.

11. CRUISING WITH THE LADIES — What the cats think about it.

12. INTRA-COASTAL WATERWAY — 1,200 miles of safety, some stunning scenery.

13. SMALL SPACES — Coping with closeness. No sweat.

14. CRUISIN' CATS — Tangled up on Jazz.

15. KNIFE — Life and death musings. Why it’s good to be prepared, always.

16. REVERSE SPRING — Driving north to the cottage, cats thrilled.

17. BOAT UNITS — The cost of boating – rip-off – legal recourse – acceptance.

18. STILL DREAMING — Stress free cruising. Money doesn’t matter.

19. BIRTHDAY IN GEORGIA – New friends, Blue Bahama, a drink named for Jazz.

20. POOR FUNNY — Poor Funny falls overboard, cats at the vets, imaginary pill.

21. HOW JAZZ GOT HER NUMBERS ON — Florida Dinghy License.

22. SUBMERSIBLE — Gillian drops expensive radio overboard, $5.00 salvage fee.

23. LANGUAGE — How we learned to talk the talk. Why you should too.

24. HARD AGROUND — Going aground in 17 feet of water. Saving two sailboats.

25. GUARDIAN ANGEL — Christmas at St. Augustine, FL - Paul saves Xmas.

26. SWAN CHASE — Attack of the killer swan – excellent dinghy trip, nature rules.

27. BACK TO THE BARRACKS — Going aground, US Coastguard to the rescue….

28. BLACK HOLE — You can arrive at Vero Beach, but you can’t leave ‘till Monday.

29. TMRS — Funny Face has indigestion, too many rock shrimp. Daddy’s fault.

30. RUSSELL PASS YACHT CLUB — How we became a charter member.

31. PIECE OF CAKE — Changing the oil the first time.

32. COMPETENCE — “Hands” and “minds”. Two kinds of men.

33. HALF OF IT — Mooring line chafed through. Disaster averted.

34. DRIFT FISHING — Jet Skis Again. Plus a hostile American. Did he steal our flag?

35. OKEECHOBEE — Alligators, floating hyacinths, & forest ranger.

36. SANIBEL – Give me an island, a beach, a simple sunset.

37. PRETTIEST TOWN IN FLORIDA – Really, it is.

38. AVOCADOS — Crashing the party. Excellent Avocados.

39. WORKING YOUR PASSAGE — Engine failure. Exec pours water, home safely.

40. CORAL OR BRONZE — Relationship conflicts. “It’s our boat, and our decision”

41. FLUKE — “You won’t believe what happened to my anchor.”

42. MOST WANTED TRAWLER — Fast Internet. Dawn escape from Beaufort.

43. VERY HIGH FREQUENCY — How to use the radio the Coast Guard way.

44. NO VACANCY — Why we leave late. Why I worry. Why the Admiral doesn’t.

45. BETTER THAN THAT — If your boat’s going to break down, here’s where to be.

46. TIME-WASTER — Computer revolution exposed.

47. GEORGIA GRASS — Georgia by dinghy, an afternoon to keep forever.

48. UGLY FLORIDA — Fernandina Beach, shopping for souvenirs. Afternoon gale.

49. MANATEE GUY — Endangered species, several points of view. Good news.

50. DRAGON POINT — Woops. Major embarrassing screw-up, everybody watching.

51. WILD HORSES—Cumberland Island, Georgia. Herb the weather forecaster.

52. THIN WATER — West Coast of Florida, aground again, what else is new?

53. AN EVENING TO REMEMBER — Perfection theory. Can it get better than this?

54. ALLIGATOR — Cold, merciless eyes. Lunch and dinner. Our 3 HP escape.

55. NORTH WINDS — Trailer camp store at Goodland, Gillian vindicated.

56. FIGHT — A little misunderstanding at the tops of our voices. Neighbors move.

57. ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT — Don’t forget the chain saw.

58. DINNER AT THE PINK — There’s no free lunch. How we got a free dinner.

59. STORM — A close call, “I’ll have to ask my husband”, how we survived anyway.

60. THE LAST WORD — “Yes, Darling”.

Appendix - Practical Advice