Cruised down today to Miami with friends, here are some pics:

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    Aug 10, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    A gay couple we know has a large boat, bigger than a cabin cruiser, can take like 25 guests. We only had 14 today, all but 2 being gay couples. We cruised down the Intracoastal Waterway from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, anchoring off an undeveloped island where we could swim (can't take this thing in too close to shore).

    Some like me just swam around the boat (a mix of nude & suited), a couple swam all the way to shore to use the beach, and the rest went ashore in the Zodiac dingy which was winched down from an upper deck.

    Here are some pics I took. For privacy faces are blurred, and details that would identify the ship are not shown. But a big sucker, with 2 full bridges, 2 entertainment levels, several full baths (or heads). I knew we must be something special when all the other boats coming alongside and homeowners on shore were waving at us, which I didn't see them doing to other craft. I tell ya, when the question is asked online here about where gays can travel for a nice time, or even live, I never have any hesitation. Here's why:

    An owner of the boat on the right. Most of the guys were aged 40 to 60, as these 3 are, and wore square-cut Speedos. Most deserved to:

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    More guys gathered on the bow after we had dropped anchor. In the background is the shore to which some swam or else took the Zodiac dinghy:

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    Some guys already in the 85-degree water, as the dingy is winched down from an upper level off the stern:

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    The wake this thing creates, yet we aren't even going fast, as evidenced by the flag. You can see smaller craft in the background for scale:

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    A view to the bow:

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    Much of the Intracoastal is framed by huge condos, like these latest from Donald Trump, the ocean on the other side of them. The 2 on the right (southernmost) are still vacant. Haulover legally nude beach is almost next to them, encroaching on some of the former privacy:

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    This is what you'd rather see, mangrove stands in swampy salt water, where palm trees don't grow. But boat wakes damage their exposed roots and ecosystems, so rock breakers had to be installed wherever they exist along the Waterway, and boats must come to idle speed:

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    Aug 10, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    such a gay vacation --exactly how i like it lol
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    Aug 10, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidsuch a gay vacation --exactly how i like it lol

    Yeah, and I couldn't upload the nude swimming shots to Photobucket to link here, and other flashing onboard, and forgot to take a pic of the rainbow pennant flying atop the bridge. But it wasn't a "vacation" just a weekend day trip that this gay couple takes with their boat all the time (I hesitate to say "yacht" because they don't themselves).

    And that's the real beauty of this place, that this goes on pretty much all the time year round, you don't need a vacation. They also take their boat to Bermuda and the Bahamas, since it's rated for the open sea, and down to Key West, either of which we'd like to do with them on a longer weekend. The Bahamas, anyway, since that's only a little over 40 nautical miles from Fort Lauderdale, actually closer than Key West.

    They'll be over to our place for dinner next Sunday evening, however, so if they have their boat out that day we won't be able to come along. We'll be home all day long preparing the food and the house, for a group of 8 of our friends, all of whom were also on board today.

    Hubby's been planning the meal for 2 weeks, featuring lobster thermidor with at least 5 lobsters we'll be getting live, and with all kinds of other specialties. We don't have a "yacht" ourselves to return that favor, or even a small boat, but we do have my partner's great cooking. Yeah, life is damn good down here, and very, VERY gay, with a close & supportive community that shares its blessings. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 10, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    ok i'm ready to move.....
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    Aug 10, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    baldone saidok i'm ready to move.....

    So what are you waiting for?
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    Aug 10, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    It must be lunch time because those photos made me hungry.
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    Aug 10, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    Lucky SOB
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidIt must be lunch time because those photos made me hungry.

    Yeah, tell me about it. And I think the youngest guy there was 28, and I'm not sure anyone was in his 30s, or late at best. That's partly why I obscured the faces, because while I don't know, some of these guys, whom I met for the first time, could well be on RJ here, they are in such great shape for their ages. This sure ain't my father's world anymore, I can tell ya that! LMAO!
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    I went on several of these type of excursions, BITD. The best was a trip to the Bahamas on a friend's 125-foot SunChaser. The host flew us from Teterboro down to Nassau via his private jet, which helped to set the stage for a very decadent week. It was masked as a business trip, but we spent less than an hour talking shop during the entire trip ... a group of men alone on an island the host had rented for 7 days. We had an island and yacht to play on, with an endless supply of food and spirits, wave runners, scuba and snorkeling gear. Ahhhhhh

    Your pictures brought back many good memories. Thanks for sharing.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidLucky SOB

    Thanks, and especially that boat's owners. But less than luck is the right decisions, and the application of some talent and hard work early in your life. Talent that most gay men are born with. Let me tell you a little about our hosts, hopefully without revealing who they are.

    They've been together over 20 years. Both share the same profession, and own the same business. They worked very hard for what they've got.

    They don't even live here in Florida, but in another state where their business is located. They spend about 3-4 days there each week, then come down here for long weekends to where they have a second home, and that boat, which is actually registered in the other state.

    They also collect cars as a hobby, and keep some at both homes. Down here they often drive a Bentley Arnage, as they did yesterday.

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    It's not luck at all. You're 23. Expect to have the same in your own future, and you increase the likelihood that you will.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    I hate that new show on Bravo, Miami Social, yet I watch it for the scenery scenes. I was in West Palm and Jensen Beach this spring...ugh, gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing the adventure.
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidSo when are you having an RJ meet and greet at your pad, Vespa? icon_razz.gif

    A great idea! I've already met 1 RJer barely 5 minutes from me, who has a lovely home with his partner, and one other is fairly close, too, though we haven't met. Our own place is kinda small for big gatherings and providing lodging, just a very modest condo. I think what would work best is having a gay friend with a lot of space to host us. Perhaps this winter, when coming to Florida is much more attractive to much of the Northern Hemisphere?

    I might also be able to arrange deals with local gay guest house owners, since I know a few. I like this idea. What do others think?
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    Aug 10, 2009 4:58 PM GMT
    The water looks great. I wish I had made it to the beach this weekend.
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    Aug 10, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    ad2mac saidThe water looks great. I wish I had made it to the beach this weekend.

    Ah, a Floridian! But you don't tell us where. Might you be part of something, if we put it together? Here in the Fort Lauderdale area?
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    Aug 10, 2009 5:37 PM GMT
    Cool pics, Vespa. Thanx for posting them. It looks like everyone had a great time. One day we'll be in your area or KW when you guys area and I'll buy you both a drink.
    Soda. LOL
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    Aug 10, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
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    I might also be able to arrange deals with local gay guest house owners, since I know a few. I like this idea. What do others think?


    Make it the last weekend in April and we'll be there! At least for a day or 2.
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    Aug 11, 2009 1:05 AM GMT
    Red, why didnt you introduce me tot he stud in the blue speedo in the first pic when I was there in FLL with you in March! OMG! So hot! Hope to see you two again soon!
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    Aug 11, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    NJDewd saidRed, why didnt you introduce me tot he stud in the blue speedo in the first pic when I was there in FLL with you in March! OMG! So hot! Hope to see you two again soon!

    The guy on the far right? Not sure he was in town when we met. He's only here for weekends, and then not always. It's his partner who owns that boat with him.

    Let us know when you're coming down again, maybe we can plan something more than we did on your previous trip.
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    Aug 11, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    muchmorethanmuscle saidSo when are you having an RJ meet and greet at your pad, Vespa? icon_razz.gif

    A great idea! I've already met 1 RJer barely 5 minutes from me, who has a lovely home with his partner, and one other is fairly close, too, though we haven't met. Our own place is kinda small for big gatherings and providing lodging, just a very modest condo. I think what would work best is having a gay friend with a lot of space to host us. Perhaps this winter, when coming to Florida is much more attractive to much of the Northern Hemisphere?

    I might also be able to arrange deals with local gay guest house owners, since I know a few. I like this idea. What do others think?
    i'm game...but get me down there and i probably will not leave...have always loved florida
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    Aug 13, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    NJDewd saidRed, why didnt you introduce me tot he stud in the blue speedo in the first pic when I was there in FLL with you in March! OMG! So hot! Hope to see you two again soon!

    The guy on the far right? Not sure he was in town when we met. He's only here for weekends, and then not always. It's his partner who owns that boat with him.

    Let us know when you're coming down again, maybe we can plan something more than we did on your previous trip.


    Yes, would love. Now u know Im not Dahlmer!
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    Aug 13, 2009 12:17 AM GMT
    Yeah Studly and I will come and wear masks and you gotta figure out whose who just from the body!
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    Aug 13, 2009 1:25 PM GMT
    NJDewd saidRed, why didnt you introduce me tot he stud in the blue speedo in the first pic when I was there in FLL with you in March! OMG! So hot! Hope to see you two again soon!


    Well, if you are doing introductions red v, I want one to the guy with the shaved head in the sunglasses in the black and white flowered shorts!