Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

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
25 March 2018 | Warderick Wells Cay

Down to the wire

12 December 2017 | Cocoa, FL
Sunny, almost warm, windy
Well, I didn’t freeze last night, but I also didn’t go ashore today. The wind was gusting in the mid to upper 20s, so I was afraid to leave the boat in case it started dragging. The anchor held, I just have to get comfortable with that. I only saw one person here leave their boat. So far the dinghy motors I have seen here are like mine, or worse. One guy is rowing. One motor looks like it is electric. I saw someone from across the way going my speed. So my small motor is not unique.

I went back to my deck wash issue. The switch itself is very different from all the other switches and hard to get to because it does not stick out as far as every other switch. There also does not seem to be any voltage to it. As usual, the wiring is a mess. The left side of the column of switches has red wires running down the negative side. For a boat of this vintage, the negative wires should be black and the positive should be red. This column uses red for both positive and negative. Except for the deck wash switch, which uses speaker wire for the positive. The last time I ran the deck wash, I ran it for a few minutes. Now the speaker wire looks a little burned. This project just got a lot bigger.

It warmed up today, but tomorrow will be chilly again before the warmth returns (it will return, right?). Only two more nights in the low forties. What part of Florida - Bahamas - Caribbean was supposed to tell me to expect nights this cold? Pat gave me a very nice, warm blanket last Christmas to go with the comforter on the boat. I cleverly took the blanket off the boat as unnecessary. Then in St Augustine I realized that might be a mistake, so I bought another blanket at West Marine - on sale. Not the best way to show my appreciation for her gift.
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