Being towed down the ditch for 5 hours on a windy, cold, rainy day doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. But there have been some definite upsides …
First, because of the weather, there are fewer boats on the water, making it easier for us. Also, we’re heading to where we wanted to go today, and since we don’t have to navigate, we can really enjoy looking at all the gorgeous homes on the Waterway. Since this tow is costing us nothing, we’re especially enjoying the ride!
At one point, Captain John, in the towboat, called me on the VHF radio when I was at the helm (we needed to steer a bit to keep the boat following in a straight line). He said, “look to your right, and you’ll feel better about your situation …”. What I saw was a large sailboat on its side on the beach - oops! That’ll be an interesting insurance claim – I hope they have insurance.
So we’re an hour outside of Daytona, where we can be hauled to fix the damaged rudder. We expect that’ll be covered by insurance – but it’ll eat up more of the few weeks we have left to get the boat to the Bahamas. Ah well, as they say – “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.
We’re about to make hot rum toddies, rather than lemonade – but you get the point J.