12 December 2008 | Stuart, Florida
Cool winds arrive from Canada - 70F
Day by day we are slowly making progress.
Our son, Marc-Andre arrived yesterday, so we drove down to Ft Lauderdale to pick him up. Four hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 with some terrible accidents due to rain. There are a lot of people in Florida and lots of seniors who drive too quickly.
The mast was finally installed today and it was fun to watch. With the new rear stay acting as an antennae for radio reception, the radio can now be tested and the installation finalized on Monday.
Another two days of electrical work will be required to complete the watermaker and solar panel electronics, and hopefully we can drop the boat into the water mid next week and verify that all the mechanical systems are working properly.
Over the summer our small inflatable dinghy developed a large hole on one side which is tomorrow's repair task if it doesn't rain. Difficult to know how best to store the dinghy over the hot summer months.
With Marc-Andre to help us we're hoping things go a little quicker. in terms of loading the boat with "stuff" and preparing for our departure.
Another problem to be solved is where to leave the car for four months.
Lots of fun!
I hope the weather in Ottawa is behaving itself, and the preparations for Christmas are all complete. It's interesting to see the Christmas trees, reindeer and Santa, and horrible Christmas music in the shopping centres here in Florida, with kids in shorts, and green grass and lush plants everywhere.
I managed to find a string of Christmas lights for the boat (which run on 12V, so we should be all set for the big event.
Keep well and enjoy yourselves!