Slow trip so far
07 March 2012 | Sabine Pass, Texas
We got to Sabine Pass Marina last Sunday night about 30 minutes after dark. We had been tied to a bulkhead on the ICW for 45 hours and getting here was a priority. About a mile from the marina, the high temperature alarm started going off. We were in a shipping channel trying to spot the marina. Robyn was driving and watching the chartplotter, while I was on the bow of Seanna with a spotlight looking for hazards and the marina entrance. All of this with the shrieking sound of the alarm. Fortunately, we had been here before by car and I remembered some landmarks that helped us make our entrance. While Robyn was masterfully handling Seanna, I was supposed to get the lines ready for docking, but I was also trying to help her find the entrance. So, I didn't get the lines ready, unbeknownst to Robyn. When we arrived at the dock, Seanna wasn't prepared. Once again, we looked like total amateurs trying to dock Seanna. We finally got Seanna tied up, and I went to check into the marina. When I returned, Robyn was sitting on Seanna having a cry. "I want to go home" were the first words I heard from her since we docked. WOW, this is serious. I better make things better quick or I'll be without a First Mate. Awe, a hot shower after being tied to a bulkhead on the ICW for 45 hours will do the trick.
Well here it is Wednesday, and I still have a First Mate. All is better, and we're liking our stay at the marina. The engine alarm during our entrance to the marina was caused by a leaking coolant hose that we have replaced. All of our laundry is caught up. Tonight's dinner will be fresh fish that I caught this morning. Robyn has found a wifi hot spot, so she will be able to Skype today. Things are looking pretty good on Seanna.
The weather is not looking too good through Sunday. Then we should have about four days of decent weather to day-sail out in the Gulf to improve our offshore skills. I'm guessing it will be a couple of weeks before we continue our journey east. I have been scolded by Robyn. I am no longer allowed to plan more that just a few days ahead. Every time I do, something happens that changes everything. For instance, we are not going to Central America this year. The East coast and maybe the Bahamas are looking likely, but I'm not allowed to make plans. Don't tell Robyn, but I have been peaking at the Bahamas Cruising Guide.
So to close, I just want all of you to know we are having a good time. We learn something new every day, either about Seanna, or ourselves. We are safe, and we are cruisers! What more could we ask for?