Movin' Around Miami01/25/2010
Movin' Around Miami
So we start our planned exit from Fort Lauderdale around 8:30 to be ready to cast off right at 9:00 and get that first bridge opening. Jacquie comes to our boat to tell us that they broke their raw water strainer and will need to make repairs. Judy and I decide to leave anyway; there is nothing we can do to help and we're wanting to move on.
Raucous and Noisy01/24/2010
We end up spending three nights in Fort Lauderdale waiting out a fairly vigorous front. While we are secure on the dock face as shown in the picture from the previous blog post, it is very windy. Raucous because we are right in front of a very popular restaurant/night spot and it is a weeknd. Also, all sorts of traffic plies this New River, all hours of the day and night and, of course they pass very close by us. Finally the regular spewing of run off from the other side adds to this cacophony.
Every Day an Adventure01/16/2010
So, having cleared 13 bridges yesterday, we face the prospect of another ten today; but the distance is short and we aim to be in Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lau-di-da) by early afternoon. And if we thought we saw big homes yesterday, they got even bigger today.
An Embarrassment of Bridges01/16/2010
Our next two days, from Lake Worth/West Palm Beach will have the greatest number of bridges to transit of the entire trip down (23 in fact). Many of the bridges are on restricted openings meaning that they open at specified times (Hour and half hour, quarter and three quarters, every 15 minutes, etc). They do their best to create these schedules so displacement vessels, if you can make at least 6 knots, may be able to hit the next bridge in time for the next opening.
My Dingy Dinghy01/16/2010
So after a peaceful night sleep in Peck Lake, I awake to assess the damage to my dingy. It's worse than I thought and doubtful it can be repaired expediently. The entire transom which I reinforced last year in Georgetown, has rotted and collapsed. It will certainly not support the engine which would run the risk of completely falling off. I'm a bit discouraged but it's the price of boating. So I turn my thoughts to how and where to acquire a new one.
Preparing for Retirement Trip
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