04 May 2019 | Vero Beach Coty Marina
Peter Fraleigh | Heavy thunderstorms & lightning!
Well, today we found out why Vero beach is called Velcro Beach by the cruising community! It is such a hard place to leave. We found out that we are not the exception, upon arrival after coming around the tip of Florida and putting 88 hours on our engine it was time for an engine oil change and fuel filter change before continuing on northward. I changed the fuel filters and Lost prime on the fuel system! After two days of working on the system I ended up calling in a mechanic, who could not arrive until next week. We were scheduled to leave tomorrow with Dean and Susan our sailing buddies. Sooo we are now extending our stay at Velcro Beach!
Tonight we enjoyed a wonderful fresh salad complements of our cruising friend John Barbera s/v Spirit another long timer here at Velcro! To go along with the fresh salad Bunny cooked up some delicious tuna steaks! We then sat back in the comfort of our cockpit to watch mother nature’s never ending wonders as heavy thunderstorms hit this area! It’s nice to be safely tied to a mooring when conditions take this kind of a turn!
We also received updates from a few of our “West coast” cruising friends Lief and Diane & Greg.
Lief is currently transienting the Lake Okeechobee shortcut to the east coast. Diane is in South Carolina returning from a drive home to NJ to visit with her mother. Greg is preparing s/v Abagail Grace for Their departure north up the ICW scheduled to start this coming Wednesday.
We could be traveling with different cruising friends if our luck doesn’t change!
It certainly is true that you can’t make plans when cruising!😁