Our two favorite ‘Boater Cards’ exchanged this week…

I love boater cards that show the faces of the people we meet!

But, that is not why these two cards made “favorites-of-the-week”.

First, we were in a pickle. We had St Brendans Isle forward our mail to St Augustine Municipal marina on Friday using USPS Express Mail. We knew for certain that it would get there on Saturday.

Well, it got there on Saturday, but after that marina’s 11:00am [strict] check out time. We had to leave and I figured, “We’ll figure something out…” to get that package forwarded to our next stop.

As it turns out, there was NO good solution for less than $150 to get our mail! (6-7 options were explored. Uber, Lyft, couriers, taxi, marina staff, folks we met on the dock, etc.)

Then Shelly said, “Let’s call a Harbor Host!”

These volunteer AGLCA members have been incredibly helpful to us all along the way. I’d list them here, but A) the list would be too long, and B) I fear I’d leave someone out.

We found a nearby Harbor Host, Tom Lahey, in the AGLCA database on the website. Called his number and Tom picked up the call from a Caller ID he had never seen before. I explained that we were Loopers like he and his Admiral, and I explained our predicament. “Tom, do you have any advice? We are running out of options; abandon the mail, or cruise BACK north to St Augustine Municipal Marina!”

Tom said, “I’m in St Augustine today; I’ll pick up your package, and drop it off to you at Marineland Marina on my way home.”

Simple. Elegant. And amazingly Lucky for us!

Many times we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Harbor Host volunteers and other Loopers who have helped us out.

Thank you Tom! Bon voyage to you and Brenda aboard Kissed some Frogs as you push off for Platinum this week!!! Glad you liked Shelly’s lasagna for supper last night! … freshly made from scratch aboard Shellerina. And thank you for being a Harbor Host.

Rod Stuart

We got destinated in Palm Coast Marina this afternoon, and soon after we were all secured there was a couple walking their bicycles by us on the dock.

“Do you need anything at West Marine?” Was their first question. These folks obviously were generously offering their services too! “No all set, thank you though,” I replied.

Then Stuart asked, “So this is Shellerina?” “Yep” I replied. “We love your blog. We just started our Loop 1500 miles ago from AL we have loved reading you blog in preparation for our start.”

Well, Rod & Stuart of M/V Sea Turtle flattery will get you everywhere! So congratulations for making our favorite Boat Cards of the week!

Seriously, thank you for YOUR generosity too!!! You very much have caught on to the great spirit of the Looping community. Safe Adventures to you. “The experience goes by quickly, so enjoy every hour!”

All our collected boat cards go into this 3-ring binder “database”. They are all treasured, and frequently looked up for various reasons. “Have a system!” This is valuable information!

Vendor cards are maintained in the back, as they are very helpful too!

3 thoughts on “Our two favorite ‘Boater Cards’ exchanged this week…

  1. I’m so glad you had these two boater cards handy and that they were able to help you out of your pickle! It’s amazing how much of a difference these cards can make in a situation like this. It’s great to know there are still people out there who are willing to help. Do you have any advice for when someone is in a similar situation?

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    • Include Harbor Hosts (and other Loopers / cruisers) in your list of resources to ask for help! It may take 2 or 3 calls to Harbor Hosts to find help. These volunteers may be underway, may be working, may be unavailable. Don’t just try ONE!

      There are a LOT of help available. Network.

      Build the Community so YOU can help… and get help.

      We are a great community of people willing to help.


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