Well, well, well, here we are back on line! Sorry for the blip out, but we headed back home in late March to attend (actually host at our house) a baby shower for the first grandchild. It was super fun with all kids (and their significant others) attending. The house was loaded up and mommy was happy.
We’ll blip out again in late July to go see the baby, but meantime…. back to boating!
Whoa, I now realize we missed a BUNCH of days before we even left. Not sure what kind of operation we’re running here, but we need to catch up. We left Boca Chita for the short hop to Billy Bagg State Park which was another great spot.
I can’t believe how we’ve consistently stumbled upon cool spots with literally no planning or local knowledge. There were a lot of boats waiting for weather to make the crossing to Bimini,
but the most interesting vessel was the original Stars and Stripes sailing cat. The boat won the America’s Cup in the 80’s and stated the whole trend to cats in that racing series.
We spent two days at Billy Bagg and then made the short run to Miami on the day of our flight.
Yes, we fly redeye’s because we have a crew member who does best on redeye flights. We’d decided to have the bottom painted while we were gone primarily because we figured the boat sort of needed it and the moorage was FREE (a very big deal in Miami) since we were having work done. The classic, you gotta spend money to save money!
We got back to the boat the AM of 4/4 (yes…. another #$%^& redeye flight…. you don’t see many retirees on these flights because we’re not supposed to need to fly them). After provisioning the boat, we left the dock. After one mile, we returned to the dock! Turns out the guys had left some residue coolant in the bilge and not fixed an idling problem we’d asked them to fix. Boating! Ended up spending the night at the dock which was just as well as we were totally fried after a long flight and arriving in the heat and humidity of Miami.
Very lucky to have A/C on the boat…. You go Bayliner!
Next day the marina guy got it fixed early and we were off up the ICW.
It’s all north now for well over 1,000 miles. Very different to travel up the ICW from Miami. Lots of tall buildings, fancy homes, big boats, and a pretty much constant no wake zone. We’ll see how long N can last before braving the outside and hammering down. We made it to Dania Beach Marina (literally 100 yards to beach on Atlantic Coast) for the night
and we’re off to West Palm Beach tomorrow to meet some guy who’s meeting us at the municipal pier with our new custom bed so don’t miss the next installment!