|Merry Christmas from SeaClearly!|
We actually arrived here on December 23 but it has taken this long to get ourselves straightened out and settled to the point where we could kick back a little. We dropped the mooring ball at Dinner Key at 6:00 am on Monday morning. But leaving was, really, the end of the beginning of the trip. The Sunday before was an interesting mix of stuff.
|Anybody got one of these|
Fortunately, as a distraction, the galley foot pump failed at just around noon on Sunday. Now, we are getting ready to leave for the Bahamas and expect to anchor out quite a bit. It is kind of important to be able to conserve our batteries and not use the water pressure pump.We spent the next 4 hours locating a West Marine that had a replacement, dinghying in to the dock, riding the bus, walking a couple of blocks to get there before they closed, returning to the boat and installing it. OK, done.We made our final decision to go in the morning, prep'ed the boat and took Roux in for his late afternoon shore trip.
|Chocolate Lava Cake|
|Macadamia Crusted Mahi|
But, we weren't done yet. When we got back to the boat, we needed to run the generator for a while to recharge the batteries while we completed the preparation for an offshore run. About 30 minutes later, the generator quit. Hmm. Also kind of a necessary piece of equipment. After a bit of troubleshooting, we got restarted. At that point,I said, "OK, one more negative sign and we pull the plug on this trip". It was almost 1:00 am and we had an alarm set for 5:00.
|Entering the ocean at sunrise|
We got exactly the weather we expected. Instead of a picture perfect sail to the islands, we had an uphill slog with the wind and current conspiring to keep us from even raising a sail. The Gulf Stream pushed us about 30 degrees north from our course and took away about 1.5 knots of our speed. We took several nose dives that sent water rolling down the sides of the boat and into Roux's spot on the afterdeck. He looked at us like,"Hey,you see this, right? I am sloshing around in seawater here."
|Land Ho! Bimini.|
Well, not quite officially. Technically, only the captain can get off of the boat until all of the customs and immigration paper work was completed. Roux didn't like this rule much. I scurried off to get us cleared in, worried that we might miss them for the day and be stuck on the boat overnight. It took about 30 minutes to get it all straight, including filing the Roux papers but we got cleared in. We were in the Bahamas!
|Some kind of fish. Not the sharks. They are huge Bull Sharks.|
Junie is afraid Roux will fall off the dock.