Weather windows are few and far between this time of year. The "Christmas Winds" are in place, meaning the E-SE trade winds in the northern Bahamas have taken hold. What this means for TARDIS is the wind is on the 'nose' and will make crossing the gulf stream very uncomfortable and dangerous.
TARDIS is anchored in a good place. She has faced 30+ winds on multiple days and the anchor has held firmly. The strong winds have come from the EAST and the WEST with no change to the anchor.
We have been treated to awesome skies and very little rain.
Most days we are able to get off the boat for a few hours. Yesterday we ventured out on our Hobie I-14 Inflatable Kayak and went to the beach where we were asked to leave by a laughing hotel security guard, dressed in BLACK. The Marriott and it's neighbors don't like boat people! Today we plan another Kayak adventure to a landing and walk to the Port Everglades Inlet Jetty to watch the traffic pass. Hopefully this trip will not result in another eviction.
So what do we do?
Christmas Day found us on 'SPACE PATROL' at Southport Raw Bar. The bar was closed but we had access to WIFI and Charlie updated all the devices and downloaded new navigation software that recently became available for the Bahamas while Eileen read.
Eileen cooked ALOT! One day she baked muffins, brownies and cornbread, as well as made an awesome Christmas meal of stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots and salmon patties.
Charlie got friendly with his new High Frequency (HF) radio with AM, USB, LSB and other bands that he knows absolutely nothing about.
It's supposed to be a very good 1980's ICOM communications receiver, model IC-R71A purchased from Mike at Mike's Electronics in North Fort Lauderdale, a rare remaining electronics store. Mike is 80 and has been an ICOM dealer for nearly 50 years. It was a joy to purchase from Mike. The issue on TARDIS is figuring out a proper antenna. This seemed to work best and Charlie was excited when he was able to tune into Chris Parkers Marine Weather Channel at 6:30AM the first time.
Since we and many of our friends and relatives believe geothermal engineering is nuking us with the chem trails, we post the picture of the radar reflector on Charlie's head to send to Joe Traub, who is helping Charlie figure out the new radio antenna.
When we leave TARDIS for the day we never know what we will find anchored next to us when we return. The kids and adults sure had fun swimming in cold water on a cloudy day however.
We were also very happy to find the $1 Trolley to the beach that leaves just a few blocks from the Raw Bar. Our first stop is the raw bar.
Then it's the Trolley Stop
The happy couple waiting to return from the beach after missing the first bus while Charlie purchased two large PBR's at the liquor store in brown paper bags behind the bus stop.
Maybe next time we take the water taxi and explore further away
Waiting gave Charlie time to make TARDIS better with little improvements.
A new throttle stopper at the helm
A switch on the external speaker
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALL!
We wish everyone the very best as we close 2018 and open 2019! We thank everyone who follows our journey and enjoy hearing from you all.