We are now anchored off of Key Biscayne and expecting to leave USA early tomorrow morning to head to Bahamas. It's only 45 miles or so across but it is a very complicated an dangerous piece of water 'cause of the need to cross the gulf stream. An abbreviated post for now and it may be several days before we get internet again so don't worry about us. We'll fill in the blanks when we get to Nassau, in a few days.
Miami Vice Grips12/13/2010
With that fuel problem we had, I determine that I'll need to get the fuel cleaned or "polished" and not run the risk of an unreliable engine in our anticipated winter in the Bahamas. We are able to access just about any service here at Crandon Park and I get the name of a guy who does fuel cleaning. He agrees to come on Sunday and we then have to make arrangements with the Marina to bring Sea Sharp into a slip where he can access her with his equipment. The Marina folks are very cooperative and find a convenient slip for us to use for this procedure. The bigger chore is accessing the fuel tank.
Audacious in the Miami Cup12/13/2010
So after a quiet night in Lake Sylvia and decompressing after our engine problem, we head out for Miami. Again, we're going into the Atlantic for this relatively short 25 mile trip. It is very pleasant but there's that constant nagging at the back of my mind that the motor will again conk out when we're entering the very busy Miami shipping channel. But, the engine shows no hesitation. I will want, however, to do something about the fuel because I know there's got to be more junk in the tank.
A Boat for Adam12/10/2010
Now I know that I had earlier committed to do a recap of our summer in Fredericton to bridge the gap from last year's cruise to this year's but time and projects over took me. However, I do want to let you know that I was fortunate enough to have been loaned a boat for the summer by a fellow yacht club member who was working away from town and felt it better to have the boat used than languishing on the hard for the summer. So, I sailed a very nice Tanzer 26 called Puissance. I was also very fortunate to have made the acquaintance of Adam, the son of friends of mine, who is very interested in all things sailing, including racing. So Adam became my crew, race partner and general factotum around the boat. Adam already had a great introduction to sailing from the Fredericton Sailing School an combined with his keen interest and sharp mind, he learned a lot and was an excellent crew member.
After a quiet night in Lake Worth north, we awake to heavy rain. It was our plan today to leave at 7:00 am and go on the outside to Fort Lauderdale but the visibility is not so great and the piloting out of Lake Worth is tricky. So we decide to wait a while and finally leave around 8:30. It's a longish run today of some 55 miles but rain notwithstanding the conditions are quite benign with winds of 10 to 15 knots from the north west. Winds coming off the land means that as we skirt along the shore, we won't have much seas.
So, as planned Bob and Carolyn fly down to join us to help us begin our cruise this year. I pick them up in Fort Lauderdale and bring them back to Sea Sharp. They have fled a winter storm but, unfortunately have arrived in temperatures not much more temperate than home. In fact, when we get up the next morning, record cold temperatures have been set.
Preparing for Retirement Trip
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