OK, so we’ve been a bit remiss in the blogging recently so this is a 3’fer covering our re-visit to Cortez where we celebrated B’s birthday with a floor show, but I’m getting ahead of myself. You’ll remember we were messing around in the greater Tampa Bay area waiting to return to Cortez to finalize our Bayliner beautification project. We weighed anchor early on the 13th (B’s birthday!)
and made a bee line to Cortez Marina where we had arranged to have our new floor installed. Nothing wrong with the old one, but check it out!
Linda at Coastal Canvas really did us a solid getting this all done in one day. Her husband was a little pissed because he hadn’t realized we wanted it finished the same day, but he got it done! We are so stylin’ now with our fancy sunshade windows and fake teak floor. You go Bayliner!
In the meantime, we took shore leave renting an enterprise car and staying at the Day’s Inn. I mention enterprise only because it is a great solution when boating. You call them up and they come pick you up at the marina with the car and drop you off when you’re done. Cool!
Anyway, since it was B’s birthday, N played golf…. What!? No, B insisted so N agreed to play!
That evening we went to a nice dinner at the #1 place to eat in Bradenton…. we had no reservation on a Friday night, but N said let’s just try and we got in as someone had just canceled. Took a beach walk on Anna Maria Island after dinner and saw some guys fishing for sharks. No pics because it was dark, but they were baiting their hooks with huge chunks of fish and then just waiting.
We had to wait around in Cortez over the weekend for the floor to “cure” (or glue to cure…whatever!). As it turned out despite our refusing to pay $200 for expedited shipping we learned our bikes had been delivered to Ft Myers Yacht Basin (our destination later this week). We were excited to get the bikes so with nothing better to do…. ROAD TRIP!
We got to scope out the marina we’re heading to and get our bikes. The latter was just as well because they were a pig to put together.
In addition, after much pressure we “invested” in a flag pole so we could fly the flag Dave D so generously gave us after several chastising notes observing we were improperly flagged. We debated whether to go radar arch or transom, but B’s cousin assured us the transom was the proper spot regardless of whether it gets in the way! N thinks it looks sharp, B’s not too sure, but thank you Dave…. We’re not pirates any more. Now we need to figure out where to put Canadian and Bermudan courtesy flags because B refuses to drop the WA flag.
We finally bid adieu to Cortez, Florida on Sunday afternoon and renewed our journey South. We really had not been making progress on our Loop since leaving for home at Christmas.
Anyway, it’s good to be moving with a purpose once more and today we made it to Midnight Pass just south of Sarasota where we anchored in 3’ of water (yes, you go 29’ shallow draft Bayliner!……OK, out drive tilted up just to be safe) with access to the beach where we could watch the sunset over the gulf.