Tuesday, March 14, 2006

WE LIVE!

Hello to all...We have been (happily) out of communication for a few days now. After effecting final repairs in Miami thanks to a visit from Erik of Stem to Stern (had to bleed the fuel system) we motored down to Key Biscayne, threw out the anchor and sat for three days. We read, ate, and napped and that was about it. Just enjoyed being back on the water.

From there we sailed to Tavenier Key. Rough going to get out to the Hawk channel but once there it is ideal sailing. We sailed in 20+ knot winds with reefed main and full genny in 1-2 foot seas! It's amazing. The outer reefs prevent the seas from building up. We sailed around 7 knots all day! Bad anchorage but that's a story for another time.

From there we sailed to Channel 5. This is where there is a tall bridge for us to get under and anchor on the INSIDE of the keys and thereby protected from the still 20knot east winds.

Yesterday then, we made another hop to Boot Key harbor. In here there are about 500 boats on anchor or mooring balls. We found our friends Joe and Peg who we met way up at at the start of the Intracoastal Waterway in Portsmouth way back in November! We're anchored right next to them and are having fun trading stories.

We plan to spend a few days here and accomplish such things as laundry, some shopping and, hopefully, computer repairs. Laptop is about to become the dingy anchor!

More stories and pictures at a later date but for now...I was wondering at some points in the long layover on the hard in Ft. Lauderdale if when we got going again would I wonder if it was all worth it...

IT IS! We love sailing our boat and it is GREAT sailing down here.

Oh... one more thing. Gracie lives but was violently seasick during our run to the Hawk Channel. Sue is laundering our sheets even as I type!

later-

4 comments:

Rich P said...

Thank god! This last week was like the astronauts' black out period on the dark side of the friggin' moon! Glad you are finally on your way (but remember, we up here in Chicago, in March, having gone from 60's back into the 30's, still hate you!)

Gracie is lucky to be living with caring people. Had she been living with me, at her advanced age, and messed up my sheets, she would have been tossed out WITH the sheets--or better yet, IN a sheet, for a nice burial at sea!

Sail on!

Gracie Liberation Front said...

"Gracie is lucky to be living with caring people. Had she been living with me, at her advanced age, and messed up my sheets, she would have been tossed out WITH the sheets--or better yet, IN a sheet, for a nice burial at sea!"

Knit one, pearl two, Knit one, pearl two. How I enjoy my knitting!

Madame Defarge
The GLF

brian said...

I had you figured for living in a parking lot in Miami but too embarrassed to report it. Thank goodness

Deborah said...

Mystery solved. I was starting to go through Enee withdraw. Happy sailing:-)