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They Say That Cruising is.....

05 April 2011 | Key Largo, FL
Mike
....Fixing your boat in new and exotic places. Well, here I am in Key Largo doing just that. I had a rather uneventful sail (motor) to Key Largo, unless you count going aground in the middle of the approach channel. (That's what I get for arriving at low tide) I was able to get free and get into a slip before 5:00.

After checking in, I showered and went out to dinner. When I returned, I discovered that my TV wouldn't work. Great, I finally get cable and now I can't watch it. The problem turned out to be worse than that. Closer inspection revealed that my house batteries were below ten volts. Since I was hooked up to shore power, they should be getting a full recharge.

To make a long story short, my charger is not working properly and has to be replaced. That is going to keep me here until at least Wednesday. As I write this, I am waiting for the guy to arrive to install the new charger. Oh well... at least it happened here and not at some remote anchorage.

The house batteries are pretty critical to the operation of the boat. They run the refridgeration, the navigational instruments, communications and even the bilge pump, which keeps the boat from sinking.

Anyway, right now, my plan is to (hopefully) sail to Key Biscayne tomorrow and anchor for the night at No Name Harbor (sounds picturesque doesn't it?) before going off-shore to Ft Lauderdale on Thursday. I'll let you know how it goes.

Here's a picture of the boat that was used in the making of the African Queen with Humphrey Boart and Katherine Hepburn. Yup, its right here in Key Largo about 100 yards from the Norma Fay!
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Vessel Name: Norma Fay
Vessel Make/Model: Hunter 386
Hailing Port: Racine, Wisconsin
Crew: Mike Miller
About: I recently retired from the trop-rock band the "Boat Drunks" and I'm going sailing. Heading through the Eastern Great Lakes, down the ICW and to the Bahamas for starters. Then...We'll see!

Norma Fay

Who: Mike Miller
Port: Racine, Wisconsin