22 November 2018 | Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart Fl
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope you get to spend it with people you love. The crew on Light Reach is going to the Marina Thanksgiving dinner. They will supply turkey, gravy, potatoes and cranberry sauce. The boaters will bring the sides. We went last year and it was a great event. It’s a nice way to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. The marina has been filling up with snow birds and their boats.
We took the day off from boat chores today. Yesterday we had some emergency dingy repairs. As part of our morning routine after coffee and breakfast we go in to the Marina to check the mail and get off the boat a bit. Usually followed by errands in the car or shooting the breeze with someone. The dingy has a slow leak that we have found, but hasn’t been patched yet. It has to be on deck to patch it and since it’s our only way to shore it simply hasn’t gotten done. Since the leak is slow it isn’t a big deal. It does need to be pumped up every morning. We have a foot pump for that purpose, a brand new one. The old one failed the other day necessitating one of those errand trips to procure a new one. Scott had gotten in the dingy to pump it up and the valve failed. Oh crap, now we have a big leak. With a little luck and some tools he managed to get the valve closed back up but it wasn’t going to last for long. And trying to nurse it was going to be a major pain.
The dingy is an AB. We have excellent internet access here even on our mooring. We got online and found two AB dealers within easy driving distance. Another factor that makes Stuart so appealing, there is every kind of marine repair facility here. We tried calling them without much success so decided, what the hey, we’ll just drive there. The first place was a bust. They were no longer in business. We had much better luck with the second. Not only were they open but they had the valves in stock, along with an installation tool and adaptor. The gentleman behind the counter could not have been nicer. He walked Scott through the installation process. We bought two valves so now we have redundancy. That’s good on a boat. And even better it was not over the top expensive. Very rare when Marine is in the name. We headed back to the boat and in short time the valve was replaced and Night Light (the dingy) was back in business. She’s still leaking some but that’s a tail for another day.
The picture was taken this morning. Our view on Light Reach, Thanksgiving 2018.