What’s in a name. Feels like old times.
16 December 2017 | Indialantic, FL
Sunny and cool with a light breeze
Melbourne is a nice name, but not as cool as Indialantic, which is the town I am closest to on the east side here. It seems like the name is missing a ‘t’, but that is how it is spelled. Many towns in Florida have a ‘Beach’ twin. St Augustine - St Augustine Beach, Jacksonville - Jacksonville Beach, Melbourne - Melbourne Beach, Cocoa - Cocoa Beach and so on. I’ll leave it to the reader to figure out where the ‘Beach’ town is located.
Roger and Tari enjoyed their second ocean trip last night and showed up here where I am anchored. It was great to see them again. Even though they were still a bit beat up from the first ocean trip, we hoisted Roger to the of the mast to work on his anchor light. He wanted to replace it with an LED light, and now that the anchor light didn’t work, he had a reason to replace it. Their brand new solar panels didn’t seem to be working. When we put a volt meter to the terminals on the controller, the voltage was negative. When we covered the panels, the voltage went up, though still less than one volt (the sun was getting low). We switched the wires, which fixed the two issues I just described, but things are still not working as they should.
Some of our traditions were flipped this time around. Normally I anchor after they are settled in. This time I was anchored first. Normally Roger comes over in his dinghy to get me, and we go ashore in his dinghy. This time we used my dinghy. Some people say my dinghy is very small. Well, we got three people in it, and still had room for a half gallon of milk and 3 quarts of tea. The decal says the limit is 3.5 people, whatever that means. We had a great meal at the bar, and the Bears-Lions game was on - they are from Michigan, I’m from Illinois. Tomorrow they leave for their final Florida destination, Vero Beach. After Christmas, we three boats will try to coordinate our jump to the Bahamas.