REPORTING IN FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA – Day 2 & 3 of the 2015 St. John’s River Southbound Cruise had a little bit of everything. High speed cruising on open-flat water, low speed cruising on the twisty river sections, great food, a dip in Silver Glen Springs, and an unexpected dip for a Greavette Sunflash. Here is today’s report from fellow Woody Boaters Chris & Julie Bullen. – Texx
Central Florida Serves Up Some Great Classic Boating
Report and Photos by Chris & Julie Bullen
The second day of the 2015 St. John’s River Cruise South started out with more clouds and cool weather; it was up Dunn’s Creek to Crescent City and lunch at the Sprague House, great spot for a bite.
I have to say the creek was a hoot for me as the speed limits were not regulated and the bends were sharp. On the way to lunch that “kid-in-me” came out and I passed a few boats as I raced up the creek. It was like back in the day when the limits on my river did not exist, but better with more twists and turns. The return trip after lunch was calmer, we cruised slower and admired all the Florida wildlife.
Wednesday morning (our third day on the river) was not a good day for all our boaters. We awoke to a engine that wouldn’t turn over. It was Roger working on his 1959 Thompson again. Unfortunately Roger had been working on the engine the day before without much success. He tried everything but sadly he finally had to pull the boat out.
We were off to lunch in Welatka today, making our way up the river. Shrimps R Us put on a fabulous buffet with loads to eat.
Back on the water we enter Lake George with flat, open water for us to cross (a nice change from Stormy Monday). A stop at Silver Glen Springs for a dip and rest was just what was needed to soak up the glorious Florida sunshine that finally decided to join us. After a swim, chat and laughter we took off to Aster on the final leg of the cruise.
This is where the second boat dropped out with a Big Bang. The 1968 Greavette Sunflash hit a wave after we got passed Lake George and instantly sank in about 25’ of river.
Fortunately they were surrounded by fellow classic boaters with the cruise and the boys were plucked out of the water with most of their articles saved from the boat. A line and buoy were attached to the bow and GPS coordinates pinged which will help with the recovery and raising tomorrow (Thursday).
Many stories of past boat troubles and sinkings were talked about around the tables at the Blackwater Inn over dinner. With a couple of empty slips at the waters edge and a few extra boys snuggling in with friends (someone forgot to make reservations)…
Tomorrow is a new day and more (safe) adventure awaits our gang for our last day on the river and fingers crossed it’s all sunshine and smooth waters.
Chris & Julie Bullen
Special thanks to St. John’s River Southbound Cruise leader Guy Marvin, the volunteers and the Sunnyland Chapter ACBS for organizing this wonderful classic boating event.
Also to Chris & Julie Bullen for sharing their experiences and photos with us here at Woody Boater.
Matt has arrived in Tavares and will be reporting live from the big Sunnyland Boat Festival for the next few days.