We're about to hit the gulf stream. Anchor was up at 3 am. This is being sent from my iPhone.
More when we get to the Bahamas.
03/31/2010, Stuart, FL
It is Wednesday morning and we are leaving within the hour. FINALLY! Just one last parting shot of our marina where we have been very well cared for. Last night there was a "thank you" party for all those here and it was a lovely catered affair with live music. Quite something and the food was outstanding. We'd certainly come back!
Lake Worth Inlet is next to wait for a 2 am departure across.
03/30/2010, Stuart, FL
Well the night before and yesterday we're VERY interesting. After a wonderful dinner with Jim Goulard, Audrey Charleson and her friend Sarah Gibson Sally and I were treated with the most spectacular heat and strike lightning I have ever seen. The whole sky lit up and there were literally hundreds of simultaneous lightning strikes. Fortunately it was several miles away and we were able to make it to the boat in the dinghy. And then the wind picked up and during the night it rained harder that either of us had ever seen. It was a great leak test and Liliana passed with flying colors.
All day yesterday it rained and much of it was hard rain. By late afternoon it finally stopped and began to clear. This appears to be the last of any serious fronts coming through so we finally appear to have a window to cross.
Staying hasn't been all a negative as we have had to have a head part shipped overnight to fix what has been a non-functional toilet. And that would be a problem we would not want to have. It has just arrived as I write this and we should be all set to head for Lake Worth tomorrow and then cross early Thursday morning.
As you can see Sally has been enjoying today's brilliant sun by reading in the comfort of the marina deck chairs.
All for now.
03/28/2010, Stuart, FL
Well it has been a couple of days since my last post and that is because we haven't been doing much except sit and wait for the weather. There hasn't been a window for us since we were ready and it now looks like we won't cross until Wednesday the 31st or Thursday April 1st. C'est la vie of the cruiser.
In the meantime it has been project time as well as some socializing with the rest of the folks here in the anchorage. Lots of folks who have returned from the Keys or the Bahamas and are now getting ready to head north. Not many of us going the other way.
Yesterday Jim Goulard, great friend and classmate at Dartmouth, came up from his place on Jupiter Island. He provided transportation to the various stops we still needed to make (West Marine, Radio Shack, the Bank, etc.) and we had a terrific lunch at the Manatee Restaurant in Port Salerno. It was right on the water and we had a beautiful day to sit outside and enjoy the food.
At the end of the day Sally and I took the dinghy for a long slow sundowner cruise. The photo records the beautiful sky as we enjoyed a nice warm lazy trip.
Bye for now. Time to start the next project.
03/25/2010, Stuart, FL
Yesterday morning Liliana went back in the water at Stuart Yacht. Sally spent the day at Wal Mart and I did some repairs followed by a trip back to Sunset Bay Marina. We have topped up fuel and water and are now trying to stuff everything into spaces that are far too small. We will be here today and then head for West Palm Beach tomorrow and then hopefully off from there to West End in the Bahamas.
They do say the toughest thing about cruising getting going and we are prime examples of that.
03/23/2010, Stuart, FL
We have finally made some tracks with Liliana. We arrived late Saturday night and then spent a couple of days putting things in order. Today I dropped Sally at Sunset Bay Marina at 6:30 am and then made my way up the St. Lucie Canal to Stuart Yacht. Took about an hour and a half and took me through some "wilderness" as well as lots of waterfront homes. Stuart Yacht is tucked up some mile or so off the St. Lucie river and is a wonderful yard. We hauled, were surveyed by a wonderful S. African ex-pat, had our bottom painted, had our shaft and prop "Speed Sealed" and then left Liliana to rest for the night.
The photo doesn't do justice to the garden we had grown on the bottom, but the fellow on the right is power washing and the fellow on the left is going after the barnacles with a flat bladed scraper. I hope the new formula paint and the shaft sealer works better that what we had.
Enough for now.