Thursday, June 30, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Our latest problems remind me of that well known children's song.
With our generator taken apart we can't run our refrigeration so we need to go into the dock at least every other day for ice. Normally we use the dinghy, but our floppy old dinghy is just getting worse and worse and we really need to take it apart and glue it back together. However, if we take the dinghy apart, we can't go get ice or the head for the generator which is at the machine shop. But if we had the generator head, the generator would run, and we wouldn't need ice.
See what I mean?
Instead of going around in circles like Liza and Henry though, we noodled out this solution:
First we picked up the head (from the hack who broke the exhaust manifold trying to pry it off of the head) and took it to a different machine shop. Ten miles on bicycles in the blazing Florida sun.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Today was another perfect example of how cruisers have to be flexible and ready to change their plans at the last minute.
We had planned to go from Dinner Key mooring field to Sunset Bay Yacht Club to meet some friends. We left about 9:30 and motored under the first bridge okay, but when we got to the Dodge Island Railway Bridge, which is normally open, it was closed.
We motored around in circles for a while, had a nice chat with a Boat Tow US driver about cruising and foreign ports, and motored around some more. Numerous calls on Channel 9 went unanswered.
After about 45 minutes we gave up on the bridge ever opening and decided to head to Ft. Lauderdale instead.
Other sailors might not have done that, but as we made our way out Government Cut, I could feel my shoulders loosening and a calmness coming over me. I always feel better out in deep water and we made good time on the Gulf Stream.
We had no trouble getting into Ft. Lauderdale and although anchorages aren't always easy to find, we found a spot and are anchored for the night. Tomorrow begins our adventure on the ICW. Unless, of course, we change our plans again.