22 March 2019 | Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart Fl
Sally | On the cool side
Well we're still in Stuart and looks like we will remain here for the rest of the season. Our plans to leave early March changed when we received word from Sue and Roger that they would be visiting Stuart the weekend of March 16.
Scott had been in touch with Roger regarding the older of their two dingy motors. With Dancing Down Wind now officially on the market would he be interested in selling the motor? Negotiations were made and they offered to bring it down to us. They were here visiting friends who have a home in Stuart. We also bought the 26 gallon water bladder that they had. The bladder fits into the bottom of the dingy and increases our capacity for hauling water out to Light Reach. When hooked up to a pumping system we can pump water directly from the dingy into the mother ships' water tanks. We have several 5 gallon jugs but the bladder will take up less room to store. The new to us dingy motor is a small two stroke which I should be able to start. We'll keep our current motor which is in need of some mechanical attention. It's been a challenge keeping it running this season. Thank goodness Scott is a good mechanic.
Our visit with Sue and Roger was brief. We had breakfast with them to celebrate Roger turning the big Seven Oh along with Rosemary, Bill, Keith and Mary Pat. The motor and a myriad of other goodies along with the water bladder changed hands and they were on their way. We hope to see them this summer on our travels.
Our mooring rent was due on the 10th and since we would be here until the 18th at the very least we decided to go ahead and sign on for the month. A good idea as the weather has been horrid this past week. Tuesday was a downright downpour all day, very unusual for Florida and the rain continued into Wednesday. Winds have been relatively high in the 15 to 20 range and the temps quite cool in the low 70's.
We talked over the idea of heading down to the keys and decided to remain here for several reasons.
There is still a wait list for balls in Boot Key and we already have one here.
We can do boat chores where we are just as or perhaps more easily here (we have a car).
We'd have to take our car to the condo, put it to bed and rent one to get back to the boat.
We'd have to have the bottom cleaned before we could leave Stuart.
We have to get a decent weather window to get down there and then in a month or so later find one to return.
The benefits to staying in Stuart were a factor as well. We aren't putting hours on our engine, miles on the sails and not incurring car rental and bottom cleaning costs. Plus they're throwing a free end of season party on Sunday with ribs and chicken and dollar beers. Heck who could pass on that LOL! And we love Stuart with all its myriad of things to do.
We did slip in a day to go to the beach with Janice and Kevin (Aria III). We packed a picnic lunch and took off for the day. Bathtub beach is great with a good reef for snorkeling. Bad news was the beach was closed to swimming due to sharks. Yikes ! That was no joke, apparently they were migrating. We did get to wade and walk the beach. It was a good break and on the way home we stopped at Fresh Market.
I'm currently working on the teak. This has become my nemisis!. I have all the teak on the coach roof looking much better and have begun working on the toe rails. It's becoming a full time job to keep it looking half way decent. I swear at the sugar industry the entire time I work. I'm afraid some of the damage to the teak is not repairable and the stains are permanent. It's frustrating to say the least and very discouraging.
On my project list is to make covers for all of the exterior teak before we put her on the hard this summer. Since Stuart is closer to the condo, it is closer to my sewing machine. The machine I use for the canvas weighs a freaking ton and is too onerous to try to haul on board from the dingy. Our 1000 watt Honda generator is breathing its last breaths and doesn't have the Oomph to run it if I could get it aboard.
Speaking of generators, we figure the Honda has about 4000 plus hours on it. The little guy doesn't owe us a thing. It's still chugging along, but its struggling to keep up. Fortunately we had good news in the Uncle Sam department and will be able to replace it after tax day. Hallelujah! We're looking at a 2000 watt which with new technology fits in the same footprint as the old 1000. That will give us another K of watts which means more power. And who doesn't want more power?
Stay tuned and next up will be exciting details on patterning a new dodger. The excitement never ceases here on Light Reach.
The picture is of the breakfast club on Roger's birthday.