At long last
26 April 2013 | Marathon, FL
Well it is about time, is it not?
To answer a few inquiries I recently received; no we did not sail off into the 3rd world without internet access.
The truth is I got really lazy about posting regular updates to the blog this winter. I had plenty of boat projects to keep me busy, some consulting work, and plenty of great times at the Harbour Cay Club (HCC) in Marathon, FL where Far Niente was (and currently is, but more about that later) berthed. It just did not seem worthwhile or exciting to write "I scrapped 40' of teak today in preparation for new coats of Cetol." Or "The %^&*@#-ing holding tank vent is clogged!" You get the idea.
We enjoyed some really nice weather in the early winter and then some unseasonably cool weather in March. Friends and family came down to visit and we almost always had something to do or a place to go. All in all the weather here beat the weather in even central and north Florida for most of the winter, little alone the weather points further north.
In April we headed north up the Gulf coast of Florida to visit family and explore a bit. We sailed out of Marathon and made stops outside the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island, Fort Myers Beach and Venice. Then after a week visiting, we headed back south to the Keys as we cannot transit the Okeechobee due to low bridge height/mast height. We planned to sail back down to the Keys and stop in either Key West or the Boot Key side of Marathon.
Along the way (leg from Fort Myers Beach to Marco Island) I noticed a problem with the alternator. Given that it is the original alternator the factory installed on the boat back in '99 and now has over 2000 hours on it, we decided to head back to HCC and get it replaced before sailing back north to South Carolina. It clearly needs rebuilt but will wait until we get back to South Carolina, our northern most destination this summer.
We now wait on the correct replacement alternator (the wrong one was ordered) to be shipped and hopefully installed early (Monday?) next week. As the chorus goes in my favorite Eric Stone song "It'll be ready tomorrow."
Speaking of Eric Stone. Eric has moved to Islamorada and now performs throughout the Keys. I saw him 3 times at Salty's this season.
So, once we are up and running again we will begin to move north toward South Carolina, weather permitting of course.