Gale Forecast Prompts Diversion
12 November 2013 | 27 20.0'N:76 24.9'W
A gale is forecast to catch us at about 12PM Wednesday (tomorrow). We are diverting to Marsh Harbour in the Abacos. We'll enter the Abacos via Whale Cay Cut. Unfortunately, we cannot make it before dark, so we'll have to stand off till dawn before attempting to run the cut. We'll arrive just as it hits. The gale will likely keep us in Marsh Harbour through Thursday or Friday.
No sooner had we made the decision to divert than the engine sputtered and died. I changed the filters and bled it twice, and managed to get it started again, which is good because wind is 5-8kts dead astern - not much help. Though we could certainly ride out the gale, we feel we are making the safest decision, the one that gives us the most options should something or another not go according to plan (such as loss of engine). We're going to see some heavy rain of the night, but nothing that will cause us trouble.
Meanwhile, all is well. The sun is shining. Spirits are good. Gary is smoking a cigar with a satisfied look I've seen on cats after their saucer of milk. I'll check in later today when we get to Whale Cay.