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

Sometimes the easiest things are the most difficult

13 December 2017 | Cocoa Village
Sunny and cool with a light breeze
This afternoon was to be shore leave, so this morning I worked on launching the dinghy. I store it in its bag on top of the coach roof. That is not working well. The zipper leaks, so water is trapped inside making a mess. One handle on the bag has started to rip in two - UV deterioration? So I will have to come up with a different way to store the dinghy on deck.

After wiping down the dinghy, the launching went smoothly. Moving the propane tank to the dinghy and attaching it also went well. But the step to unscrew the motor from the boat mount did not go well. This is the easiest step of all. Once the mount screws are loosened, they spin easily. Or not. Today they wouldn’t budge. I was pretty sure that if I applied all the force needed to break them free, the plastic handles would break off. Then not only would I be unhappy today, but all the rest of the days I owned the motor. I sprayed with WD40 and used vise grips to make my own handle. With a great deal of persistent persuasion, and spray, I was finally able to break them free. It took many turns both ways to loosen them so that I no longer needed the vise grip. From now on, mounting the motor on the boat will included WD40 and maybe not tightening them quit so tight ... maybe just really tight; instead of really, really tight.

I motored around in the dinghy looking for a place to land, but there was no dinghy dock. Then I went north under the bridge and drove around in the marina. Still nothing. I finally found a small cove right next to the highway coming off the bridge. I tied the dinghy to the guard rail. There is no foot traffic in that area, so the dinghy was safe. I asked at the marina - apparently hurricanes don’t like dinghy docks, so they (hurricanes) removed them. The place near where I was anchored that would have worked well was roped off due to hurricane damage.

Cocoa Village has a several block area of quaint shops, restaurants, playhouse, etc. A nice place to walk around as it caters to foot traffic, not cars. There was a large, old hardware store I visited, crammed full of everything imaginable. More like a dark warehouse. They were stunned when I said they didn’t have what I was looking for - a DC toggle switch.

Most of the boats anchored here were here when I arrived and it looks like will still be here when I leave.
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