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

Happy New Year with kale

31 December 2017 | Titusville Marina
Sunny and cool. Got up into the 60s.
Pete is here, reclaiming his boat from the pigeons. We spent the afternoon talking about his plans for the boat and the white smoke in his diesel exhaust. Speaking of reclaiming one's boat, folks in Waukegan will be aghast to hear that when I came back to mine after 10 days, I found one spider web. I know - unbelievable, right? This is an inside joke. When you keep your boat in Waukegan, having a mostly spider free boat is an impossible dream. So every weekend, step one is to reclaim your boat from the spiders and remove the dozens of webs.

I did my six mile hike this Sunday morning, with the hour break in the middle (mass). Yesterday I hiked to the grocery store, which is a half mile away. Today my right leg is complaining. The last time I did this, my left leg complained and my right leg was fine. Go figure.

Pete had me over for dinner. Pete and Sue get three dinners per week sent to them. They just have to follow the instructions for putting it together and cooking it. It was very good, despite the fact that it had kale in it. I just hope Pat doesn't find out I enjoyed something with kale in it. I'd never hear the end of it.

My boat awareness is still at a high level. Pete told me his boat was a Beneteau 390. And the replacement for his boat was the 393 model. And he showed me a 393 model boat, which was on his dock almost right across from his boat. So how many times had I walked by it without noticing. My boat neighbors in Waukegan have a Beneteau 393, so you would think I would have noticed ...

The blog photo shows some interesting ideas for the boat. One way to make room in the cockpit is to remove the wheel, but then where do you put It? You can tie it somewhere, or get a wheel mount from Edson (thank you, Pat). Also shown is a labeler to label all those pesky wires and switches, or leave instructions about how to operate something. And a boat card. Usually, I was the only cruiser without a card to pass put. Not anymore (thank you, Cheryl). Not shown is a lock bar for the dinghy motor and an electric pump to pump up the dinghy. Most folks leave their dinghy pumped up, but I often roll mine up on passages, or when I won't be using it for awhile.

Tomorrow comes cold and rain. Not Midwest cold, just Florida chilliness. After this bout of cold passes, I will start heading south.
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