Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

22 January 2018 | Miami
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

Blast off. Time to cut the cord.

20 December 2017 | West of Cape Canaveral
Partly cloudy, brisk south wind. Near 80
Today I finally noticed that off in the distance was something I don’t see every day - a rocket booster. NASA and Cape Canaveral were off in the distance.

The wind is not from the direction I thought it would be today. It is strong from the southwest, so being on the north side of the bridge would have been better I think. The water was choppy, but the motion was okay. It is quieting down now, but I’m not sure if it will stay that way. The Predict Wind app says tonight the wind will be at 4-5 knots, with gusts of 21-26 knots. So will it be calm or windy?

A boat came through the bridge this evening and then just dropped anchor. If he left the channel, he didn’t leave it by much. I guess once you are on the south side of the bridge with this wind direction, protection doesn’t really exist. The wind is SW and he is a bit closer to the west shore. If the wind dies, then for sure it doesn’t matter where one anchors.

I worked on my deck wash. First step is to remove the speaker wire from the switch and find what the other end is connected to. At some point I expect to find good wire. But first one half the speaker wire was connected to a negative bus. So I disconnected that and tried to find what no longer worked. Everything still seemed to work, so I engaged in pulling out the speaker wire. I didn’t get far. I also found speaker wire was used for some lights, and for the VHF radio. The VHF wire seemed pretty thin and I think explains why the radio always says ‘Low Battery’ when I broadcast on high power. Fixing that has to wait for when the boat is out of the water, empty and I can disconnect the batteries.

Tomorrow I pull up anchor and dock in Titusville, after a pumpout.
Vessel Name: Last Chance
Vessel Make/Model: Islander 36 (1979)
Hailing Port: Waukegan, Illinois
Last Chance's Photos - Main
No Photos
Created 22 January 2018
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