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Back in the Grove

10 March 2010 | Coconut Grove
After the crushing disappointment of yesterday, we did have a wonderful sail up to Coconut Grove, Miami. It was another lovely, sunny day and as we sailed along we decided that life wasn't so bad after all. We pulled into the Dinner Key Mooring Field at about 3.30pm and tied up to a secure mooring. We knew that we were going to need things shipped to us so we had to be at a Marina in order to do this. Fortunately the DKMF is a reasonably cheap option and is certainly convenient for grocery shopping as well. Although the cruising scene is not quite as sociable as in Marathon this is an OK place to be whilst we sort out our GPS woes. This morning we were up early and Tom wrestled with the Chartplotter whilst I researched our options for a new unit. The old chart plotter now seems to be functioning OK but does not repower immediately after powering down. According to Garmin customer support this is a definite fault. They have agreed to repair / refurbish the unit under warranty. What's more they will let us hang on to the unit until we return to Maine this Summer. This is good, as right now it does what we need it to do and we don't want to send it away and have nothing. Our only concern is that we really don't have complete confidence in it. So, we have ordered a back up unit which is a smaller version of our main unit. This will network into our system so it will function with our Radar, AIS and satellite weather. We plan on installing it at the Nav. Station where it will function as a slave unit. Then, if the main unit dies completely, we can simply move this back up unit topsides where it will provide us with the information we need when we are sailing. Because I am now completely paranoid I also ordered an additional back up in the form of a small handheld GPS. This is a newer version of our original back up which is now about 5 years old and does not work at all, as we found out yesterday when we needed it. And Yes, we had checked this unit before we left on this cruise and it worked just fine then! The good thing is that the company I have ordered all this stuff from had an amazing sale going on and the more expensive unit was reduced by 60% - what luck! Everything should arrive either tomorrow or Friday at the latest. We spent today reconfiguring some of the wiring and planning the installation of the new slave unit. So with any luck we will be up and running by the weekend. Then, once again we will be watching the weather and hoping for another window to cross to the Bahamas. At this point we are not sure where we will head to - I think it will depend on the weather. One thing we have learned during our cruising years is that one has to be flexible and be prepared to change your plans as the circumstances dictate. This has certainly been a difficult winter and has involved much changing of plans. But, the weather does seem to be warming up so hopefully Spring, and a more settled weather pattern is on it's way.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Shannon38 #33
Hailing Port: East Greenwich, RI
Crew: Tom & Vicky Worosz
About: We have cruised to the Bahamas and back twice ad are now back on land for a while. This Summer (2012) we have outfitted ourseleves with motorcycles and are heading off for a month long "land cruise'

Who: Tom & Vicky Worosz
Port: East Greenwich, RI