Well - the good news is that we managed to get the transmission working yesterday morning, and finally made our way out of the hurricane hole and over to the Exuma Yacht Club, where we're comfortably tied up to a dock, surrounded by huge yachts.
The bad news is that it was such a stressful departure and hot day, that by the time I'd finished washing the rust remover off the boat, I was heat-struck without realizing it. I tried to fill the water tanks in that condition - bad idea! As the water filled up the diesel - yes diesel - tank, it was too late to do anything about it - a catastrophe!! After that I realized I was truly in bad shape, and had to sit out the rest of the afternoon, with all the symptoms of heat exhaustion.
So we spent today trying to find someone to help us clean out the diesel tank, and finally succeeded in getting Marco to agree to come first thing tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, we provisioned the boat, got the laundry done, and finally got a local phone to work and the I-pad connected as a hot spot. All in all, it was a much better day, which ended with wonderful pina coladas at the Exuma Yacht Club bar, and the relaxed-looking pictures of us, below, finally having a chance to appreciate this beautiful place!
Tomorrow, after the diesel clean-up, we'll head out to anchor at near-by Elizabeth Island - the start of our cruise. Though we still have the solar panels and mast issues to deal with - ah, boats.