07 November 2018 | Indiantown Marina
Sally you may think it was warm
We were up early to get on the road to the marina. Our launch time was scheduled for 11 AM. We had packed the car with everything but the cooler yesterday. I quickly loaded 3 days supply of provisions into the cooler. The plan is to spend 2 nights at Indiantown at the dock and then move to Stuart and pick up a mooring at Sunset Bay. We plan to come back and close the condo after we got to Stuart.
First up we called our Granddaughter Audrey to wish her a Happy 11th Birthday. Time continues to spin out of control, she is growing up fast!
We made it to the marina without any problems and pulled up to Light Reach. We elected to leave the stuff we had schlepped up in the car, rather than drag it up the ladder. We needed to take the tie downs off before launching. It took a bit of maneuvering to get them unhooked from the stakes. The marina had done a fine job of securing them.
We checked in with the marina office and inquired as to where we would be going after launch. The face dock was full. At first the idea was to place us round the corner of the face dock by the old boat launch. I was a bit unsure that there would be enough depth there. One of the boats on the dock was our friends on Cat Tails an IP 37, whom we had met in Stuart last year. We caught up with them while we waited, they were headed to Stuart also planning to leave on Friday. In talking with them we became more concerned that we wouldn't have enough water at our planned dock space. Scott went in and talked with Deb who then suggested we dock across the fairway the leads into the marina. We decided to check the dock out, good thing, there was no electric hookup or fresh water. Back to the office, fortunately there was a boat leaving that afternoon from the docks at the other end of the marina near the travel lifts. We could go into their spot with plenty of water depth, and hookups for water and electric. With that settled, we sat in the Marina courtyard to wait for launch. It was hot, Florida has been experiencing record breaking high temps this fall.
We didn't watch them put Light Reach in the slings but Scott looked up and said here she comes. I have nothing but respect for the people who drive travel lifts. At 12:06 precisely Light Reach was launched. Scott went down below to verify that we weren't taking on water (always a good thing) and the marina workers walked her out of the lift. I love the way Indiantown handles haul out and launches. The guys are very mellow and calm. They tied her up to the dock that borders the launch area. Lunch time LOL.
Scott started the engine and was not pleased with the amount of water coming out of the stuffing box. The box is supposed to drip some but more was coming out than he was pleased about. It wasn't a OMG problem but still needed to be addressed. He climbed off to go in search of a mechanic whilst I climbed on and grabbed a hose. I was itching to get some of the grime off the decks.
Scott successfully found a mechanic who agreed to come take a look at the stuffing box. We had the cutless bearing replaced our first year out and the box had not been adjusted since. Being it's a mechanical part that wears it was not surprising that it needed adjustment. It only took the mechanic a short while to adjust it and we were back in business. He had a much better time with that than I was on the deck. Did I mention it was HOT like 90 plus degrees in the sun hot. I hadn't gotten far when the dock where we were to spend the next two nights freed up. We needed to get out of the way of the travel lift. This time of year the marina is a buzz with activity.
We only needed to travel a 100 yards or so to our slip. The couple on the boat across the dock from us helped us secure our lines. First docking of the season was a success! Scott got the electric hooked up and pulled out every fan we owned to try and cool off down below. It wasn't all that successful. I had all the hatches and ports closed and covered with reflective foil. It actually works pretty well keeping the temperature down but in 90 plus heat its still a sauna. With my hose in one hand and a bottle of Krud Kutter in the other along with Mr. Clean erasers and a scrub brush I attacked the grime. Did I mention it was HOT!! I started at the bow, working my way back, doing the coach roof first. No sense sending nasty black dirty gunk down a clean deck. To make the job even more exciting I had to work around the dingy (which was upside down and tied to the bow) and the jerry cans of fuel, some full some not. I got the coach roof done before crying uncle and giving up for the day.
The temperature down below was still beastly hot and there wasn't a breath of air at the dock. It's a well protected marina which is great when there is a storm but when its 90 plus and you don't have AC not so fun. We made the executive decision to return to the condo for the night. Were we every glad that we hadn't closed the condo for the winter.
The picture is of the captain getting her ready to launch.