Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

25 April 2018 | Titusville Municipal Marina
24 April 2018 | Titusville Municipal Marina
23 April 2018 | Titusville Municipal Marina
21 April 2018 | Titusville Municipal Marina slip C100
20 April 2018 | Titusville, FL mooring field
19 April 2018 | Cocoa, FL
17 April 2018 | Cocoa, FL
16 April 2018 | Melbourne, FL
15 April 2018 | Vero Beach - last night
13 April 2018 | Sea Ranch Lakes, FL
08 April 2018 | Lakeland, FL
05 April 2018 | Vero Beach, FL
04 April 2018 | Heading to Fort Pierce
03 April 2018 | Leaving Chub Cay
02 April 2018 | Chub Cay in the Berry Islands, Bahamas
01 April 2018 | West Bay near Nassau
31 March 2018 | West Bay, New Providence Island
29 March 2018 | Highbourne Cay
27 March 2018 | Warderick Cay
26 March 2018 | Warderick Wells Cay

Back on the horse ...

11 December 2017 | Cocoa
Sunny and cold, calm
Today I left the comfort (and cost) of a slip with its heater and motored south on the ICW for a few hours to a nice anchorage by the town of Cocoa. This is my first time anchoring since I got caught in the current at Ponce Inlet. Worrying is still what I do best, so the nearby overhead power lines are what kept me awake nights after reading an ominous story about a boat that anchored too close to them. Thoughts like going a half mile down the way, went through my head. But the reality is it is not hard to anchor away from the power lines. You would have to have no common sense to anchor so close that it would be an issue.

Finding a spot to anchor among the boats already anchored is tricky for me. Dropping the hook off another boats aft quarter works well. I know that trick. But I also want to be able to anchor in an existing row. I tried that today. What usually happens is that you don’t end up where you wanted to be. So I ended up a little closer to the next boat than I wanted to be. But it seems okay - we have swung 180 degrees with no issues. Right now there is no wind or current - it is dead calm and the line hangs limp at the bow. The 60’ of chain lying on the bottom is enough to keep the boat in place.

I enjoyed grilled chicken tonight. There is a grill off the back of the boat.

Yesterday I walked to church - 2.9 miles one way. A good scout hike. But I haven’t done that in a while, so on the way back, my right leg complained a bit about the 6 miles. It wanted some rest stops and a slower pace on the way back - it’s not a race (that’s what one of our scout leaders used to tell the boys). The Church was on Ojibway, which I found interesting. The walk reminded me of a scout hike and our scout summer camp campsite was Ojibwa.

Tomorrow comes the big question: Will John actually pump up the dinghy and motor to shore? And the even bigger question - will he freeze overnight? Stay tuned.
Vessel Name: Last Chance
Vessel Make/Model: Islander 36 (1979)
Hailing Port: Waukegan, Illinois
Last Chance's Photos - Main
1 Photo
Created 8 April 2018
31 Photos
Created 22 January 2018
Traveling down the Chesapeake and the East Coast
53 Photos
Created 11 September 2017
Erie Canal and Hudson River
33 Photos
Created 18 August 2017
Great Lakes part of the journey.
45 Photos
Created 15 July 2017
Boat prep and races prior to departure
12 Photos
Created 14 June 2017