Just about everything goes back to Indiana to keep from getting mildew in the brutal summer heat in Florida. Most items come back (oops, Charlie forgets things...like part of Eileen's bunk & Snorkle/Mask).
We like to stay in funky and inexpensive AirBnB's while TARDIS gets ready for launch. This year we picked an Organic Nursery, the growing plant kind. We got upgraded to a 3 bedroom home...WOW! It's a 10 acre farm. Fresh fruit daily by our hosts outside our door.
Boy were we surprised how much BIGGER it is on the INSIDE! Nothing fancy but homey.
It was perfect and we able to provide for our friend Joe Traub who volunteered to help get the boat in the water. Joe's help was awesome. THANKS JOE!
There's lots to do that has to be done before launching. Eileen washed the boat (with pump sprayer) and Charlie waxed & buffed. Everything below the waterline must be attended too. Here's Eileen's shiny prop. It got a coat of some slimey stuff to help ward off the barnacles later.
After 2 days and Joe's arrival, launch day was here. Remember the motor issue? New injectors, belts, hoses, control cables, mixing elbow, motor mounts, alternator, switched and more. Basically an inboat rebuild. Would she start?
YES, she started! (after bleeding the fuel lines) We moved to a dock that we'd reserved for a week and attended one of 3 FREE PreThanksgiving parties. We're the 2nd boat on the left.
And our interesting neighbor. We think it's a modified Morgan.
After TARDIS got to the dock we discovered the new alternator was not charging. A new one arrived on Friday, installed by the service tech, and working by Monday. With the extent of the motor repairs this was the only faux pas and it was a part Charlie supplied. Indiantown Marina nailed it, we could not be happier with the quality of their work. This final project, motor work, makes the renovation of this Tartan 37 complete.
Now for putting stuff away. You wonder if it all will fit.
Everything fit with room to spare. TARDIS has lots of storage and we paired down some. Well all except the library. How many books?
Saturday arrived and Charlie's cousins, Don & Gail, arrived to spend the day and night. What a great time had by all. They spent the night at the historic Seminole Inn where we stayed in March. It's so much fun and very educational for everyone each time we get together. Our next rendezvous may be in the Bahamas if all goes well for all. Somehow a photo was missed but they gave us gifts. Here's how Charlie starts his day, EVERY DAY.
TARDIS was ready to depart on Tuesday. Fueling up then off we go.
First event was the St. Lucie Lock. Here we are waiting for the lock to open. One of the items on the motor repair list was cables which in included the shift cable. It was about this time is when Charlie realized TARDIS did not have reverse. It worked perfectly (like one time) already.
We entered the lock about as slow as we could. The lock master is waving us on. Of course, Charlie had to speed up. About the time we were grabbing the lines for the descent the lock master says, "you're coming in a little hot!" It all ended well after banging the anchor on the lock wall. We got through and Charlie found the problem, a missing washer and it was fixed at anchor.
We spent the first night at Pendarvis Cove then moved on the next morning to spend a few days at Peck Lake to do some modifications, make water and walk the best beach we have found on the east coast on our journey.
One project was completed early on to make life easier on board. Hatch screen storage.
Then it was on to Ft Lauderdale, where we are today by way of 30+ bridges. Our first...
She's so pretty.