Mandolin-at-Large

Vessel Name: Mandolin
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield
Hailing Port: Rock Creek, MD
Crew: Tod and Anne Herrick
About: Retired from human service occupations now living a human exisistance!
08 April 2018 | Florida Keys
28 February 2018 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon
15 February 2018 | Lower Keys
14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach
13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach
11 February 2018 | Vero Beach
06 February 2018 | Vero Beach
31 January 2018 | Cocoa
31 January 2018 | Cocoa
27 January 2018 | Titusville
27 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
05 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
03 January 2018 | St. Augustine
01 January 2018 | St. Augustine
30 December 2017 | St. Augustine
28 December 2017 | St. Augustine
23 December 2017 | St. Augustine
22 December 2017 | St. Augustine
20 December 2017 | Amelia River
Recent Blog Posts
08 April 2018 | Florida Keys

Paradise, aka: the Florida Keys

It's been a really long time since I posted a blog. I know, I should be more disciplined! But I have made numerous Facebook entries. That counts, doesn't it? I prefer Facebook when I have a bunch of photos to post. I can only post one on this site. So any readers who are not on my friends list at Facebook, [...]

28 February 2018 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon

Boot Key Harbor: A Pleasant Community on the Water

We have enjoyed our stay in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon. There is a nice community of boaters here. It's protected from winds during bad weather and the city makes it a welcoming place.

15 February 2018 | Lower Keys

Welcome to the Keys!

We left Lake Worth at 7:30a thinking we were only going to Fort Lauderdale. The admiral didn't like the waves and seas we had yesterday so she was reluctant to put in a long day again. I can't say I blame her. However, today's conditions were delightful! She put off the task of seeking a marina for the [...]

14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach

The Lazy Fisherman

We woke early and got underway from our pleasant Anchorage in Lake Worth around 7:30 to catch slack current in the inlet. It was a bit bumpy with the east winds but not terrible. Once out we set sail and motor sailed under full sail and mild winds for about 3 hours. Our original destination was Fort [...]

13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach

Moving south

After pulling ourselves away from Velcro Beach we traveled south along the waterway to Ft. Pierce. We had our friend aboard as extra crew as needed but more as pleasant company. We enjoyed Vero Beach and will likely be back. We had a good time walking to the beach and getting caught by the security guard [...]

11 February 2018 | Vero Beach

Shorts, sandals, and sunny skies

We have been enjoying our stay at "Velcro Beach" and understand why people have named it thus. Life is pleasant here and you have access to the town via the free bus. It's not a fast way to get around but it is convenient!

Getting close to a return to the Frozen North country

09 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
Tod / overcast with rain
We've enjoyed our stay in Daytona Beach. We would have liked to have gotten to the Beach but initially it was too cold and then kind of rainy so the weather didn't really cooperate.

We stayed at the Halifax Harbor Marina which is the municipal marina and it was very nice! Much like a resort but without the resort fees. No pool either. Every marina seems to have floating docks which is a necessity in this land of high tides. It is on Beach Street which is Daytona trendy side. I just don't know where the beach is for it's name!

We've eaten at several restaurants and enjoyed them all as they were all different and unique. We loved the Thai food at Zen Bistro! Very yummy and a nice decor. We would have loved to eat on the patio but it was too cold. McK's Tavern was a nice, warm and friendly Irish pub. Great burgers and the Jameson's were bang-on! Thankfully we walked home but I'm not sure how we did that, especially after doing to Wine-Me for music and wine afterwards! Caribbean Jacks was a fun place too! They had these tables that were swings so you could move to the nightly music while you ate. The food was good; I had Coconut Shrimp and shrimp tacos in a jerk sauce and Anne had a fish sandwich. All good as were the rum drinks. The highlight was seeing the Space X launch from Cape Canaveral. It was a clear night and it was right overhead. And then the rocket turned off, there were some sparks around the middle and the stages separated. The rocket blasted again and then there was a blast from the end first stage which then traveled back to earth to land at Canaveral Air Force Base. Unbelievably cool! And we had a great view from the deck where we were eating. There was a great reggae group playing and we stayed to the end, taking Uber back to the marina.

When our dinghy went on its excursion it had gotten a small hole on one of the tubes. One of my projects was to get it on the dock and repair the leak which I think I did successfully.

Tomorrow, we move the boat to the marina next door; Daytona Marina and Boat Works. We are flying home on Wednesday for 2 weeks to see our kids, get checkups with our doctors and see some family way up North (double brrrrr!). The marina with address our stuffing box which is leaking more, change fuel and oil filters, fix a Bilge pump issue. So we will both be busy! We were very lucky to get this Marina as we had difficulty finding a marina for 2 weeks. There is reduced capacity in Florida due to last year's hurricanes.

Once back from the place of ice and snow we continue our trek south. We are also giving Florida an opportunity to get it's weather in order. Enough of the cold temps already!
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