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An Almost Perfect Plan

02 December 2022
Allan Gray
It sure is nice having good friends along the way who are willing to lend a hand as we journey down the coast. Bill and Cathy met us at the Coco Beach public dock Monday afternoon, from there we wandered into town and enjoyed a relaxing lunch at an outdoor cafe. After catching up with one another we made plans for the next couple of days which, of course, would include a trip to Costco. The Village of Coco Beach has gone to great expense to attract transient boaters to the area by building a nice 200' town dock and boat ramps for the fishermen. Overnight docking for 48 hours is free and it is literally a 3 minute walk to the first of many restaurants and shops. The down side of the area is that there are numerous derelict boats anchored in the bay as well as a few sunken wrecks to navigate around. The location was great but a little sketchy, we felt fine leaving Dagny anchored in the bay but declined the Bredt's invitation to stay at their condo overnight.

Tuesday was the big Costco day, on our previous trip we had left Florida with a full freezer and during our 4 months in the Bahamas only spent about $30 on meat. Of course this was partially due to Bev's fishing exploits. After a productive morning at Costco we headed off to the condo with our trusty food saver machine to vacuum seal everything, and yes, I remembered to bring enough bags this year. Once our work was complete it was time for a leisurely 5 k walk along the beach before catching a bit of the World Cup. Dinner was at Squid Lips, a local hotspot with great views of the sunset over the ICW. Our food had been in the condo freezer all afternoon but was not completely frozen so Bill volunteered to bring it to us Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning dawned bright and sunny, once all our supplies were aboard we headed off to Vero beach with an ETA of Thursday afternoon. I had ordered a replacement gooseneck for Dagny that would be shipped to Vero Beach Thursday. The part was a direct replacement that would be easy to install before continuing on our way, however, sometimes a plan doesn't work. For some unexplained reason, it still hadn't been shipped by Thursday even though I was told it would ship Monday or Tuesday. AARGH! Updates to follow.

Today's picture is of the day mark beside us in the harbour. Checkout the fellow with the bird's eye view of the traffic.
Vessel Name: Dagny
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 402
Hailing Port: South Lancaster On
Crew: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
About: Allan is a retired Montreal Air Traffic Controller and Bev is a retired Elementary School Principal.
Extra: After many years of local cruising and Etchells racing we are living our dream of sailing to the Bahamas. Allan enjoys golfing, cycling and skiing. Bev is an active cyclist, runner, aerobics participant and cross country skier.

Who: Allan Gray and Bev Bethune
Port: South Lancaster On