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Heading out for the KeysChristina & Dale, sunny and 79 deg.
11/15/2012, Ft. Myers Beach, Fl.
After purchasing an additional dingy engine we also received the parts to fix the old one...:) so now we have two dingy engines. Oh well, better than no dingy engine! Weather is great for us to head out in the morning for Boot Key harbour, Marathon in the Fla. keys. This is a traditional staging area for those planning on crossing the gulf stream. From there we should only be 22 hours from Bimini, where we will check into the Bahamas. We plan to stay in Bimini for several days since it is one of our favorite spots.
Ft Myers Beach Nov 11, 2012Dale & Christina, windy and sunny
11/11/2012, Ft Myers Beach, Fl. Mooring Field
We are still in Ft. Myers Beach. We have lost our prop off of our dinghy and are having a difficult time replacing it. We will probably sit tight until we get a new one. I can't think of a better place to be "stuck" if we have to be stuck anywhere. There's lots to do and the facilities are great.
Nov. 1st-7thDale & Christina
11/07/2012, Ft. Myers Beach
Underway 11/01/12 @ 18:30 from PC to Ft. Myer's Beach, Fl. Rough coming out of the PC pass, where Skipper the cat threw up all over the setee, but was fine for the remainder of the trip. Motorsailed the entire 71 hours with moderate winds and average speed of 5 knots. Weather was perfect with seas moderate enough to enjoy several hot meals underway. Watches rotated effortlessly with us sleeping an average of 2 hours at a time at night and then swapping out.
What we did from Sept. 15 til Nov 1Dale and Christina
Have been getting Promise ready to cruise with the help of good friends Rick Shumaker & Vulkar Larwig. Thanks Guys!! Have been fortunate to be visited by our close friends from Ga., Steve & Cindy Whitlock, who also helped us out tremendoulsy by driving down to PC to pick up our vehicle after we got underway. Have been tackling the task of provisioning a boat for several months of cruising. Amazing how much you can spend at Wal-Mart & Sam's..:)
Beth and Mickey in PcHot and humid
On wednesday July 18, 2012 Christina and I came to PC for boat maintenance. Micky and Beth arrived Thursday July 19, 2012 at about 1700. Just in time for happy hour and go out to dinner. Friday morning Mickey and I started work on the Bimini top in the rain. Beth and Christina stayed busy sleepning late. I got hit on the right leg by the old top when we dropped it then later I fell off the back of the truck and hurt my other leg. Maybe that's my accidents for the year.
In PC for clinicalsvery pleasant
04/09/2012, watson Bayou
We came down on Sunday April 1, 2012 so Christina could start clinicals at Bay on Tues. On Monday she helped run the wires on the new Garmin 546s. It seems to work great. Got the bilge cleaned, opened, foamed, and glassed over Tues. and Wednes. I did some more boat work on Thurs. I forgot what it was as I've done so much. On Fri. Christina and I cleaned the boat and got ready for MIckey and Beth.
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