It's 11.11 and time to leave on our winter adventure. That's one happy couple in the photo. Preparing two houses and related articles of property is no easy chore. It's specially hard for Eileen as her house floods.
The few weeks leading up to departure found Eileen with plumbers, electricians and HVAC people in the basement installing a new furnace, water heater and water softener. All mounted high in the basement to be out of a potential for 4' of water inside.
For Charlie it's about the same but only no flood. Properties last mowing and tractors to winterize and put away is the primary issue.
But off we went to our AirBnB in Englewood, FL. Just 10 minutes from J&R Marine in Placida, FL.
The Cottage was great
A place to sleep, cook & sew while the TARDIS is readied.
We had time to wax and buff the boat (again), service the Yanmar, and provision the boat.
We also brought down new boat cushions that Charlie's friend made. Patty Hole did an outstanding job for her first time at cushions. But then again, she can do most anything.
Joe stopped by (just a short 3 hour drive from New Port Richey) to help rig. We put on the sails and canvas then went to a good dinner with Charlie's cousins, the Buck's.
Registering the boat in FL after taking over 18 months getting new documentation from the Coast Guard turned out to be a breeze. All we can say is plan for a long time if you are documenting. Now the TARDIS is a documented boat again and legal. We have the sticker to prove it!
Quitting time every day of boat work was by 4pm. Then we went to a beach. We went to 4 in all. Each sunset was spectacular.
Launch day arrived bright and early on Monday, November 20th, 2017. We were scheduled to splash at 9am over 2 miles away. Randy and crew arrived when they said they would at 8am with the hydraulic trailer. The following photos tell the story well.
And at 9:15 the motor is running and we are ready to leave the dock. Who would have known 9am launch means 9am launch in Flauda!
Don and Gail Buck came with a Bon Voyage gift in hand and provided us with some comfort and TARDIS went through the launch process. They will be joining us soon on their boat "Island Tyme" to explore what the gulf coast of Florida has to offer.
By 10:30 splash day we were off through the canals of Placida. We anchored a couple of hours to let the tide roll in before negotiating the lock to the Myakka River and Hog Island. Sorry no pics of this process, let us just say it's stressfull. We made it through with no problems. Did not run aground this time going out the final channel.
As Charlie drives through the mangroves
Breakfast at anchor Tuesday, 11/21/17 before heading to Punta Gorda, 10 miles away.
It was a perfect day to sail to Punta Gorda so we did taking turns at the helm.
At anchorage outside of Fisherman's Village now.
Today is THANKSGIVING and we have allot to be thankful for to make it this far and to be here today.
Thank you friends who helped and supported us along the way, our customers at the Sailboats, Inc. that provided the means to make it happen and specially to our family while we are away.