Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

21 January 2018 | Miami - Biscayne Bay
20 January 2018 | Biscayne Bay
19 January 2018 | Virginia Key, Florida
18 January 2018 | Miami. Marine Stadium anchorage
17 January 2018 | Miami
16 January 2018 | Lake Santa Barbara near Sea Ranch Lakes, FL
15 January 2018 | Munyon Island near North Palm Beach
13 January 2018 | Vero Beach
11 January 2018 | Vero Beach
09 January 2018 | Clearwater, FL
08 January 2018 | Lakeland, FL
07 January 2018 | Vero Beach City Marina
06 January 2018 | Indialantic, FL. Across from Melbourne
05 January 2018 | Titusville
04 January 2018 | Titusville - Cocoa - West Marine
03 January 2018 | Titusville Marina
02 January 2018 | Titusville
01 January 2018 | Titusville Marina
31 December 2017 | Titusville Marina
29 December 2017 | Flying back to Titusville

Down to the wire

12 December 2017 | Cocoa, FL
Sunny, almost warm, windy
Well, I didn’t freeze last night, but I also didn’t go ashore today. The wind was gusting in the mid to upper 20s, so I was afraid to leave the boat in case it started dragging. The anchor held, I just have to get comfortable with that. I only saw one person here leave their boat. So far the dinghy motors I have seen here are like mine, or worse. One guy is rowing. One motor looks like it is electric. I saw someone from across the way going my speed. So my small motor is not unique.

I went back to my deck wash issue. The switch itself is very different from all the other switches and hard to get to because it does not stick out as far as every other switch. There also does not seem to be any voltage to it. As usual, the wiring is a mess. The left side of the column of switches has red wires running down the negative side. For a boat of this vintage, the negative wires should be black and the positive should be red. This column uses red for both positive and negative. Except for the deck wash switch, which uses speaker wire for the positive. The last time I ran the deck wash, I ran it for a few minutes. Now the speaker wire looks a little burned. This project just got a lot bigger.

It warmed up today, but tomorrow will be chilly again before the warmth returns (it will return, right?). Only two more nights in the low forties. What part of Florida - Bahamas - Caribbean was supposed to tell me to expect nights this cold? Pat gave me a very nice, warm blanket last Christmas to go with the comforter on the boat. I cleverly took the blanket off the boat as unnecessary. Then in St Augustine I realized that might be a mistake, so I bought another blanket at West Marine - on sale. Not the best way to show my appreciation for her gift.
Vessel Name: Last Chance
Vessel Make/Model: Islander 36 (1979)
Hailing Port: Waukegan, Illinois
Last Chance's Photos - Main
Traveling down the Chesapeake and the East Coast
53 Photos
Created 11 September 2017
Erie Canal and Hudson River
33 Photos
Created 18 August 2017
Great Lakes part of the journey.
45 Photos
Created 15 July 2017
Boat prep and races prior to departure
12 Photos
Created 14 June 2017