Sunday, March 30, 2014

Leaving Stuart, loving Stuart

It is time to go. SeaClearly has been here at Loggerhead Marina in Stuart for, what seems like, months. Oh, wait - it has been months. Two very eventful months. Junie had some time to fully recover from her surgery. She is doing great, walking miles at a time and feeling good. Fortunately, circumstances and weather kept us sort of pinned down here so she had little choice but to take it easy.

We came upon this marina, and Stuart, by chance through a recommendation from our friends Bejay and Mike on Carolina Moon way back in November. We returned here after the Bahamas trip to attend to Junie's surgery, the unexpected loss of Roux, and Jeffrey and Alyssa's wedding. We have found ourselves liking Stuart more and more as we have spent time here. The town itself is cute. The people are friendly. It is different than the Palm Beach areas. We have been comfortable. We have made friends here. I would bet that we will be back at some point.
The North marina from the pool
Dock office corner.
Our neighborhood. 



















It occurred to me that, for all that, we have taken very few pictures around the marina. Given that we dealt with several major-league life events while we were docked here, that hardly seems fair. I think that it is partly due to the fact that we were focused on other stuff. Stuart served as the backdrop and, almost, a point of consistency while the world shook and moved, we came and went, and chapters ended and started. Even the horns from the passing trains have become ingrained in our minds. So, here are some pictures in an effort to give this place proper credit.

We didn't really get to use the pool much. But nice.

The long walk toward the Club House.
Roux was not very fond of this view.



















St. Lucie River Bridge. Turns out, functional can be beautiful.

We had another unique opportunity while we were here. One of our Cabo Rico 42 sisterships - hull number 11 - showed up here at the marina. In what has become so commonplace for us on this trip that we can't even call them strange coincidences anymore, she came across from the Bahamas and into the same marina as us on the same day. For perspective, there are less than 20 of these boats in the world. She was going up for sale, has subsequently been sold, and we got to meet her new owner. We had lunch with Bob, got on each other's boats and shared notes. We got to do this with our friend Thierry on his Curlew (hull number 12) a couple of years ago. SeaClearly is number 14 (of course, there is no 13). It is such fun to see others in the family.

SeaClearly - Ready for sea
We are now prep'ed and ready to move on. We are anxious to get sailing again. SeaClearly has been taken out of 'sitting around the marina' mode and turned back into the blue-water boat she loves to be. We have attended to a list of maintenance tasks that always seems endless and overwhelming. (Thierry, we are still using our maintenance software and it is still spitting out two page lists of tasks for us every week). We have done everything from oil changes to toilet lubrication to safety equipment checks to HVAC filter changes. We have restrung the jacklines on the deck to keep us aboard when offshore.

The weather report indicates a 72 - 96 hour window of just gorgeous weather along the east coast. We plan to move north from here to Fort Pierce, anchor just inside the inlet and be ready to set out at slack tide on Tuesday. Our destination is St. Mary's Inlet at the top of Florida. It will probably be a two night offshore run - our longest to date - and will allow us to make a big leap north. It will be our first trip without Roux as a part of the crew and we are dreading the night watches without him. He was always there in the cockpit with you so you never really felt alone.

So, please, all of you up north - we are on our way. Do what you can to get the cold weather to go away. Before we make the next passage (Charleston) we will check to see if Spring has come to our next stop. If not, we don't move. Actually, while not in a hurry, we are glad to start the trek home.


6 comments:

  1. Fairwinds! I am spending my first night aboard Corsair amidst another winter storm pounding the Chesapeake. Rain, howling wind and an occasional snow flake…Enjoy the warmth of Florida but please send some of it our way!

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    1. We are now in Southport NC and packing the warmth to bring it along!
      Duane

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  2. Safe travels fairwinds and hope to see you soon. Soleil is coming along and each weekend I spend a day on her getting her ready for some summer sailing. Hoping your trip north goes smoothly.

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    1. Back in NC and still going smoothly. Hope to see you again soon.
      Duane

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  3. Safe travels!!! Isnt it wonderful to be totally flexible?? We leave our little oasis monday. We will be home the following wednesday. Enjoying your blog. Your marina shots are great...what a gorgeous place. We are glad to have visited.

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    1. We are on our way to Colington. If all goes well, we will be rolling in by noon on Tuesday! Can't wait to see y'all.
      Duane and June

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