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Don't stop the carnival
Ellen, sunny 75
12/04/2012, Little Matacoumbe, Keys

We left Key Biscayne yesterday, against our better judgement. We felt in our guts that we should not go, but we did anyway. It was AWFUL! We got exactly what NOAA radio said we were going to have. ENE 20 knots, 4 to 5 foot seas occasional 7 foot, waves 4 seconds apart. Hawks Channel is shallow inside the reef, we were in 15 to 20 feet of water which causes very steep or square waves. I immediately became nauseous and stayed that way for the first four hours. Sophie did amazing, I can't not say enough about that cat. our intention was to anchor at Rodrigues Key which would have been a 50 mile day. When we got there, there was no protection from the wind so we had to continue another 25 miles. We finally anchored at 6pm in the dark with a foot of water under the keel. we promptly both did a couple finger full of moonshine. We are staying put here till the conditions improve, either tomorrow or the next day. Days like yesterday make me so grateful for days like today, having the anchor set, reading and relaxing. We are clean, the boat is clean and we have plenty of books to read. We have plenty of water and power. We are in no hurry, nothing to dictate how fast we get somewhere. Sometimes I have to be reminded that it is not the destination, it is the journey. I may even pick up the ukulele today for bit. Today there is no place I would rather be than right here. Thank you for reading.

12/08/2012 | Godspeed
Well said, Yea, the keys don't provide much protection other than Boot Key Harbor and your probably there now...nice post, see you soon!

Last but never least, her weathertight enclosed pilot house.


Randy redid the galley last year with corian we bought off Craigslist. We also had enough left over to use in the house. Her galley is down the companionway on the port side.

12/02/2012 | Godspeed
Bella looks great!
Tour of Bella

Seen as we can't land the dinghy anywhere, here is a tour of Bella. Looking forward to the bow. We have the aft cabin model. We use the aft cabin for storage, also Randy's workshop. There is also a second head back there which we converted to a big closet, and now houses the watermaker as well.

Sweet salvation
Ellen, sunny 75
12/02/2012, Key Biscayne

Sweet, sweet salvation. We moved off the mooring this morning and motored over to Key Biscayne and dropped the hook. The wind is still blowing but we are in the lee of Key Biscayne so it is beautiful. We are making lots of power with the solar and wind, and we have unlimited amounts of water. Randy even rinsed the salt off the boat after we anchored. There is no place to land the dinghy here so we will just chill read and maybe a few boat projects. There is the park which is probably about a mile and a half dinghy ride. After all the powerboats clear out after the weekend and we feel good about the anchor holding, maybe we will take the dinghy. So we are happy and snug.

Better Mood Today
Ellen, sunny 70s
12/01/2012, Dinner Key Marina


That was what a good friend wrote to me yesterday, beautifully said. Yes, I was in a foul mood yesterday morning. I am much better today. I had a wonderful day on shore with my niece who came down from Delray for the day. It was so great to spend time together. We had a very nice lunch and got pedicures.....I feel so fancy. Before we left Randy got the plans from a friend to build your own watermaker for a fraction of what one would cost to buy, which would be so out of the realm of possibility for us. So he bought the parts, put the unit together and you guessed it, we have a functioning 20 gallon an hour watermaker. I am absolutely beside myself with excitement. Bella carries about 120 gallons in her tanks which is pretty good. ALthough we are very conservative with our water consumption, eating 3 meals a day on board makes for a good amount of dishes. We still only have a 4 gallon hot water heater for showers but again pretty luxurious, and the fact that we can hose of the boat with fresh water.....madness I tell you. My husband is a genius:). We may move to the other side of Biscayne Bay tomorrow, it will offer us protection from the strong easterly winds that are going to blow till Wednesday. We have enjoyed our stay here, but time for a change of scenery.

12/02/2012 | kathleen
Pedicures!!!????? WTH! I have to tell Spencer! Fancy girl!

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