Monday, 20 February 2017

Ready to Sail Away!

Finally … the engine’s overhauled, the prop is stable, the bathroom sump pump is working again, the GPS on the I-Pad is functioning as of today, the boat is clean, full of water, provisioned and ready to roll – whew! It’s been a long and busy 20 days since we arrived here in the boatyard.

Yesterday we took a few hours off on a beautiful sunny afternoon, and walked for an hour and a half and had a picnic lunch in a near-by conservation area – a lovely break.

Tonight we said good-bye to our German friends, and tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. we leave for Jacksonville – a 5-6 hour trip under two bridges. We need to coordinate our timing at those bridges so they’re open when we arrive. The second one opens at 12:00 noon, and then not again until 6:00 p.m. – so the timing is critical. All part of the adventure …

We may visit with some from friends who live near St. Augustine en route – maybe take them for a sail. So off we go – I’ll keep you posted as we make our way to Lake Worth for the crossing of the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas (probably in a week).

The first pic below is a boat salvaged from a fire, being towed into the boat yard.

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