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Finally Ready To Go

12 December 2022
Allan Gray
Well it's been a few days since our last post and I apologize to those who like to follow us regularly but we've been pushing hard the last few days. We were still experiencing some prop shaft vibration above 2100 rpm which restricted our speed to 5.5 knots. We lived with that for awhile but Bev was getting pissed off when we would have to let Hunters pass us. We had ordered a new, made in Canada, prop for sailboats and had it installed when we were in Ft. Pierce. The marina was a little different to say the least but as Florida recovers from two hurricanes it's hard to get work done. However, all went well despite the fact the boat was left hanging in the slings for 40 minutes while the owner headed off to the bank to make a mortgage payment. The staff were friendly but Bev swears she could hear banjo music playing somewhere.

We spent Thursday getting the last few items on our shopping list while we waited for the gooseneck to arrive. Unfortunately, our friend’s house is at the end of the route and it didn't arrive until 5:30, too late to install that day. However, around 5 o'clock our neighbour dinghied over to remind us of the space X rocket launch and where to look for it. So, with drinks in hand, we retired to the foredeck just in time to see it blast off. Even though it was 70 miles away or so it was still impressive and we could see the booster separate and hear the sonic boom as it returned to earth.

We were up early Friday morning and after a quick shower at the marina we installed the gooseneck and finally departed Velcro Beach. By luck we caught favourable tides all day and made it all the way to Hobe Sound before dropping the hook for the night. Between here and North West Palm beach is where a lot of the PGA golfers live, I wanted to see if Rory McIlroy had time for 9 on Saturday morning but Bev said we should push on. Reluctantly, I upped anchor and we headed off to Lake Worth to stage for our Bahamas crossing. We had done well on the ICW, avoiding most of the heavy traffic days, but not today. Even though we had left early, we were slowed by 6 lift bridges in the span of 15 miles. This gave the yahoo's time to get out and roar around in their speedboats. The most outrageous that we saw were four 400 hp. outboards on a 30' centre console.

We finally made it to Lake Worth around 2, and found a spot in a very crowded anchorage along with everyone else waiting for a weather window. Our inventory list showed maybe one more trip to the beer store would be a good idea prior to departure. Our final chore was to muddle through the online check in for the Bahamas. I tell ya, people who complain about the arrivecan app should try and fill this out.

Today's picture is off the rocket launch, check the top of the photo for the capsule.
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