Cool Breeze now Available

My newest book went live on Amazon late last night. This morning it is Amazon’s #1 bestseller in Boating. Click the link below to purchase.

3D Cool Breeze

https://www.amazon.com/Cool-Breeze-Trawler-Trash-Book-ebook/dp/B01L4TJK7Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1472389422&sr=1-1&keywords=cool+breeze

 

If your not familiar with the series, you can find them all at my Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Ed-Robinson/e/B00F42LGJ8/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1472389809&sr=1-2

 

 

The Adventures of Meade Breeze

Technically, it’s the Trawler Trash series. If you haven’t started this series, now is a good time. The sixth book will be coming out in September, and prices will go up for all the books in the series.

Start with Trawler Trash; currently the number 1 bestseller in Boating.

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https://www.amazon.com/Trawler-Trash-Confessions-Boat-Bum-ebook/dp/B00MWUAROA

Next is Following Breeze

Following Breeze

https://www.amazon.com/Following-Breeze-Trawler-Trash-Book-ebook/dp/B00U57DYTW/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41Dj90HpBVL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v7%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-50_OU01__BG0%2C0%2C0%2C0_FMpng_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=NNCH0MGCJGYFSPEBAXJB#navbar

Then move on to Free Breeze;

Free Breeze

https://www.amazon.com/Free-Breeze-Trawler-Trash-Book-ebook/dp/B013L2EX88/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=41CVNa5Lb3L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v7%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-50_OU01__BG0%2C0%2C0%2C0_FMpng_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=XMBTQRC5PFKB4W0YZGR5#navbar

Redeeming Breeze

Redeeming Breeze

https://www.amazon.com/Redeeming-Breeze-Trawler-Trash-Book-ebook/dp/B01BQSF37O

And finally, Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze

https://www.amazon.com/Bahama-Breeze-Trawler-Trash-Book-ebook/dp/B01D3UME84/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51c1Z12lJ7L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v7%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-50_OU01__BG0%2C0%2C0%2C0_FMpng_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=8FMB85WKD6SZWD33J25X#navbar

 

Or you can find all of them at my Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Ed-Robinson/e/B00F42LGJ8

 

Don’t forget to look for my next release, Cool Breeze.

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Misadventures at Hoffman’s Cay

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The above screenshot shows the “shallow draft, inside route” through some of the Berry Islands. They aren’t kiddding!

 

We were ready to leave Great Harbor Cay and do some exploring. We were told to go to the fuel dock at high tide, so that’s how we planned our day. High tide was at 11:00 a.m. We topped off our fuel tanks and headed out for Hoffman’s Cay. It was to be a six hour trip. Tides change in the Bahamas every six hours. Did you figure it out yet? I didn’t until we reach the entrance to the inside route. I said “Oh crap”. Kim asked what was wrong. I explain that we were entering shallow water at dead low tide. If you look closely at the above chart, you’ll see some spots with less than four feet of depth. We draw four feet. We were also loaded down heavily with fuel and water, adding a few inches to our draft.

 

I slowed to a crawl. We were in six feet of water. Bump! We hit something. I checked the depth finder. We still had six feet. Must have been a rock or some coral. Then we approached the really skinny spot. I slowed some more. The water under us got even more shallow. I guessed we wouldn’t make it. Sure enough, we ground to a slow stop on soft sand.

We had a good west wind that was producing a two-foot chop. With the boat still in gear, I felt a wave lift us up and we moved forward twenty feet or so before settling back down on the bottom. Huh! I left the boat in gear. We moved again, maybe thirty feet forward, before we came down on the sand again. We continued to leap frog like that until we had enough water to float freely. I throttled up and we carried on. Lesson learned. Pay attention to the tide for your destination.

We anchored off a beautiful beach. We were all alone, with no other boats in sight. Kim demanded that we put the dinghy in and go to the beach. It was just a few hundred yards away. I wanted to sit down with a beer and relax, but I relented. Off we went towards the beach. We didn’t make it. The outboard quit running. When I pulled the starter cord, it broke off in my hand. Great. Now we were adrift towards some rocks just south of the beach. I quickly deployed the oars and started rowing back to the boat. It was a tough slog against the waves, but we made it.

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Fortunately, I had not one, but two spare pull-cords. I was prepared for this!

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I fixed her up the next day and we spent hours on the beach.

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We even hike a trail up to a blue hole. Pretty cool.

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We spent several days exploring the neighboring islands via dinghy. The water was spectacular.

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All in all, we very much enjoyed our stay in the Berry Islands. Much less crowded than most destinations in the Bahamas. The water is awesome, if not a tad skinny. Any time we moved we had to keep the tides in mind. There’s about a four foot tidal swing. Meaning, that at low tide a spot might only be three feet deep, but at high tide it would be seven feet deep. We often sat and waited until close to high before moving to the next spot.

We loved the Berrys. You would too.

 

No Name Harbor

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I have some good/great things to say about No Name Harbor, but I also have some words of warning.

Bad news first: It’s a small anchorage, with deep water. It gets crowded. For the most part, you can’t put out enough scope to really feel comfortable. At high tide, there is close to fifteen foot depths in some spots. A 7 – 1 ratio would require just over 100 feet of chain/rode. That’s impossible to do here. There simply isn’t enough room. The picture above was taken when the harbor was almost empty. There were twice as many boats when we came in.

The bottom consists of a sand/mud mixture that is quite soft. We got a our hook stuck pretty well. When we pulled it up it held a bushel basket sized glob of bottom.

What’s crowded? Swinging on the hook in close proximity to your neighors, closer than most mooring fields. What’s really crowded? Weekends:

 

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It can get crazy with all the powerboats coming in from Miami and surrounding areas.

 

Now the good news: It’s beautiful and well protected. During the week, it’s less crowded and peaceful. There’s a free pumpout station on the sea wall. It’s a do it yourself operation that works just fine. There are plenty of trash cans so you can get rid of your garbage, no problem. No Name Harbor is inside of a state park. The park is very nice. There are excellent beaches a short walk away, with nice facilities. There’s a Winn Dixie about a mile away. It’s also very nice. There are hiking/biking trails, fishing piers, lighthouse tours and picnic areas with restrooms. There’s even a washer and a dryer! It’s a $1.25 per load, which is very cheap.

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There’s a restaurant directly on the sea wall called the Boater’s Grill. We haven’t tried it yet, but it looks nice, if not a bit pricey.

One last thing you should know before your visit. The park asks for twenty dollars per day to anchor and spend the night. It’s an honor system, with a few boxes on land near the wall. We haven’t noticed anyone paying it. We haven’t seen any attempts at enforcement. The “rules” say there are sporadic checks for receipts. We paid our twenty bucks just in case. There is also a limit on how many days you can stay. You can not stay overnight tied to the wall.

.We’ve heard some horror stories about anchoring here, so we were a bit apprehensive. Our Monday through Friday stay was extremely pleasant, so I’m glad we came. The weekends though, are just plain nuts. Remember that when making plans.

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Product Alert

STARBRITE

Don’t buy this stuff!!

Here’s our experience; Our dinghy was 18 months old. We rarely can spare the fresh water to give a good scrubbing. Occassionally, we’ll get enough rain to assist in cleanup. It got pretty dirty and regular products weren’t getting it clean.

We bought Starbrite Inflatable Boat Cleaner and Protectant from West Marine. It worked like magic. Our dinghy was restored to like-new condition. We were thrilled . . . at first.

As soon as we used the dinghy, we noticed a sticky residue. I sat on the tube and when I got up my shorts stuck to the boat. Over the next few days, the stickiness collected more dirt and grime. We tried scrubbing it off, but it remained sticky. Over the next few weeks, the rapidly collecting grime made the dinghy look worse than ever.

We tried every type of cleaning product we had, to no avail. Finally, we mixed Dawn and Bleach and used a 3M scrubbing pad. We worked hard and used a lot of elbow grease. We got about 80% of the dirt off, but the stickiness is still there.

Our dinghy is forever sticky! 

 

Your results may vary, but I can’t recommend this product, other than to recommend that you just say NO.

Bahama Breeze

My newest book is now available at Amazon.

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Bahama Breeze
Breeze and Holly retreat to the far reaches of the Bahamas to ponder the mysteries of love and find meaning in their lives. There are differences to reconcile, but in many ways they are very much alike. Has Breeze met his match?

Meade Breeze
Part rebel, part knight in rusty armor, and every ounce his own man, Meade Breeze is a rugged, reclusive Florida boat bum. He has special talent for attracting sexy women. His skill at handling boats is matched only by his knack for getting into, and out of, one predicament after another. In this fifth novel starring Breeze, his challenge is one of the heart.

Click the link to order:

http://www.amazon.com/Bahama-Breeze-Trawler-Trash-Book-ebook/dp/B01D3UME84/ref=pd_sim_351_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=51c1Z12lJ7L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU01_AC_UL160_SR100%2C160_&refRID=18HH3J7CQQYG4M7N7TXM