Friday, January 28, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I changed out the three 4D batteries for six 6 volt golf cart batteries. I have gained more power than another 4D would have provided in less space with less weight. No wonder so many cruisers go to golf cart batteries.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
There was still about 15 to 20 knots of wind and the waves were still at about 2 to 3 feet so as a spectator it was not idea. The racers on the other hand were having a great time of it.
Since I was at the helm most of the time I did not get as many pictures as I would have hoped but I did get the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful boats. The best, I think was watching 5 racers round the final mark no more than a couple of boat lengths apart, They all had the high tech sails so I am sure they were pretty serious competitors. Then the middle boat had a major fail trying to get up the spinnaker. So then there were 4... Great fun (if you were not on the middle boat.)
I am getting cycled up for both Ed and Kristen's visit next week and the departure for Mexico the week after. Today it is actually warm out for the first time in a number of days so I will go over the deck fitting to make sure they are all tight and ready for the next offshore experience.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We made two trips from the boat to the reef with a rest break in between. We had a nice time and saw some pretty fish and coral. Unfortunately this area is one that has seen quite a bit of damage so a "Blue Planet" experience will have to wait for a different location.
We made lunch in bright sunshine and 80 degree temperatures but as we headed back the clouds came in followed by thick fog. By the time we made it back to the mooring field visibility was down to under 100 feet. We got tied up safely and the fog lifted enough for Jim to get back to his boat. We went over later for a great dinner. We left early as the wind was starting to rise.
This morning we are seeing winds gusting to 30 knots and waves at 1 to 2 feet so our plan to go downtown will have to wait.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I finally made it to Key West on New Years Eve. As I sailed my into Boca Chica (Key West Naval Air Station) I heard a hail from the service dock. It was my friend Maury on Gypsysails. Since I needed to check in I went over and rafted up. The good news was that I got to see many old friends. The bad news was that although there were quite a few empty mooring balls the marina would only rent them at the daily rate. Since I intended to stay for a month it was well out of my price range.
I took a slip for New Year's Eve. In the early evening I went over to the Navigator Bar and had a couple of beers with old friends. Since I had just sailed for 52 hours I excused myself and said I would be back for the midnight festivities. I went back to Reboot, took a nap, and returned to the bar just before midnight only to discover that everyone else had gone home to bed. Ah, the wild life of sailors.
I relocated Reboot to Garrison Bight Marina where I was able to rent a mooring ball for the month. Jim (of HOBO II) was already here so we said hi.
Jim had a friend from Canada visiting so we went to dinner at Blue Heaven. We had planned to go to Key West NAS but Jim was stopped at the gate and refused entry since he was Canadian. Quite a change from the last time I was here.
Jim accompanied me to Miami International to pick up Spencer and we had a great political argument all the way back. As we got out Spencer said "that was a great way to pass the time quickly, lets not do it again." Jim and I laughed and agreed. It was about 1AM as we set out in our dinghies for the boats which were a 25 minute run in the dark. It was the first time Spencer had ever had to find a boat in the dark. He was a great assistant trying to highlight the channel markers with the flashlight having only a vague idea of where they were.
The last few days have been great fun with Spencer here. We have been swimming off the stern and I have used the opportunity to do some needed cleaning of the waterline. We have had a couple of fun times with Jim but most of all just enjoyed great Dad and Son quality time. I am looking forward to the rest of his stay.
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