Well it has been a month since we got here to Las Olas Mooring Field. And have been busy working on the farm! But enough is enough, all projects have been completed and we are now waiting on a weather window to make the crossing over to Bimini and points East. The plan is to putz around the Exumas then head up to Abacos for a month or so then head back to Charleston for hurricane season.
Right now the weather guys are saying there are 13-15 ft seas in the Gulfstream, with 20-25 knt winds until Thursday, so we are here until then!!!!!!!!!
2-21-09 26 37.621N: 80 01.437W
We have made it to West Palm Beach!!!!!!! We stopped in a marina in Vero which allowed us to buy some groceries and much needed nuts and bolts for the alternator. I also found a welder to repair the adjusting bracket. Having two engines again is SOOO nice. The first day with two engines we made over 70 miles, rather than the usual 50 we had been making since Savanna, major difference!!!!!!!!
I finally got to see a girl in a bathing suit, which also flashed me her boobs, I tried to convince Diane that was a standard Florida welcome, and I don't think she bought it.
So basically to some it up is we will be in Ft. Lauderdale tonight, and the two most exciting things to happen to us, was getting our alternator fixed, and being flashed!!!!
2-14-09 N 30 26.403 W81 26.144
We had a good night at Moon River, and then caught the Hell's Gate at high tide which is always good. So far pretty good. There are very few people out here; we have seen maybe four boats in two days.
So much for anticipation, we finally went aground today!!!!! It was a soft grounding, actually only one hull was stuck, the depth meter said 18 ft... So much for being 21 feet wide. It only took us about five minutes to back and wiggle off and go on our way. By the way we are only using one engine as the starboard engine's alternator fell off!!!!!! The adjustment bracket broke in half which allowed it to fall over, OH WELL ! At least we have two engines and sails.
The next night we anchored up the Duplin River, (N 31 25.516 W 81 17.672), a very pretty spot and very calm and protected between Little Sapelo and Sapelo Islands.
Friday the thirteenth finds us easing ever farther south, we passed through Brunswick and past Jekyll Island to our over night at the north end of Cumberland Island, (N 30 53.956 W81 26.144), another nice spot!!!
Today Saturday, we have finally made into Florida!!!!!!!!! It has rainy all day long, so it was a long day, but we made to our usual spot, Ft. George, just a few miles north of Jacksonville. Tomorrow we will head outside and do some fishing and head for St. Augustine.