All good things come to an end. We spent the week after Charlie's family visit unloading the boat. Our U-Haul was available a day early giving us plenty of time to unload and pack up. We used Charlie's cousins dock and parking lot for this.
Thursday was moving day. First Charlie's Tahoe with U-haul was taken to J & R Marine Services storage lot. An Uber was hired and we got back to TARDIS early afternoon for the last ride and anchor. It was a beautiful afternoon for the 2 hour trip to the anchorage in Tippacanoe Bay on Myakka River near Hog Island. The wind was expected to blow in the upper 20's that evening. It didn't disappoint us and was right on time.
Eileen Battening down the hatches...note the white caps.
It rained for only the 3rd time in 6 weeks and we had another awesome dinner while we rode out the wind. Sometime early in the morning the wind quit and when it was daylight we took off for the lock to the haul out. We had an appointment for the travel lift at 9am so we had to get going early on the 90 minute run in the canals to the lift.
This photo was taken just before we entered the outer channel and just before we ran aground. We put some 250 miles under our keel, anchored in a dozen places and navigated allot of narrow channels and never touched the bottom. NOT TODAY!!
About 3 hours later the tide started coming back in and we bounced our way to the lock. Let's just say we were nervous, white caps were starting to form and the wind was on our port stern quarter. To help pass the time, we had time to remove the dodger and bimini and Eileen made breakfast. Finally we arrived at the self operated lock.
The other side
Whew...that wasn't much fun but we did it.
Now on for the 90 minute ride.
The marina staff at Charlotte Harbour Boat Storage was waiting on us and it didn't take long to haul TARDIS, pressure wash and put her on a hydraulic trailer for the 2 mile drive with the mast up to the storage lot. Time went fast!
See the truck cab...that's where Charlie hid for the ride to his Tahoe
View from the cab going down the highway.
We took the mainsail off and our overnight gear. Eileen cleaned the entire inside of the boat with vinegar and this is where we left her to sleep for the summer.
Maybe later in the summer after the HOP's are picked Charlie will make a trip to Florida and work on the few things needing fixed. Refrigeration, auto helm and fuel leak on the diesel. Plus it will be fun? to sleep on the boat and hang out with all the other boaters.
Friday we headed back to Indiana after stopping at the Traubs to see family and exchange a few things we borrowed for things we left. It took us two days to drive home with the trailer but it was fun and we had NCAA basketball games to listen too
Charlie welcomed us when we got home.