Archive for January, 2009
Hola el Mundo,
We are back on board the Loon after 4 weeks back home for the holidays,Snow 2 ft. then 1ft. some ice ,rain and blistering cold so I will now cease wining about being cold on this adventure again we have had nothing like that and although when you are living in it you deal with it we are having an easier time dealing with the occasional cold front .Well enough of that .
Everett and I arrived back on January 6th ,2009 a new year with new adventures to come .We provisioned our food supplies ,topped off the water tanks and headed off to a small anchorage about ten miles south on the ICW .we spent the night reading and getting back in the boating mode .From there we ended up in Titusville.Fl and were excited to see a scheduled Delta rocket launch but N OO mission scrubbed So off to cocoa beach and hopes of another launch ? I don”t think so faulty fuel valve With all the fixing and fiddling around on the Loon Ev and I could have fixed it and had that baby launched .Oh well I”m sure there is some rule about two Looney scientists working on a Delta rocket? Rules?
We were off again and ended up in ft. Pierce,Fl as the winds picked up we grabbed a lumpy anchorage just south of the bridge and hunkered down as a cold front blew through the night 50″s.The next day we were off to Stuart,Fl. which is about 10 miles up the St Lucie river and grabbed a mooring for $12 a day and we can walk to town too . Everett called his sister in law Debbie and her husband Helio and they drove up to meet us and show us around the area .It”s nice to get in a car for awhile and cruise at 30 -40 miles an hour we would be around the world by now at that speed .We met with Debbie’s Boss who is a sailor and seasoned Bahama visitor as it is Florida’s offshore cruising destination so after some fine Mexican food and a few Margarita”s we received some great advice and feel more confident on our trip to the islands. Thank you Debbie ,Helio Steve and Nadine . After a week in Stuart it was once again time to go we have found that around the 7 day mark in one place you get comfortable and start growing roots like bartenders knowing your name. OOPS! time to go even if we miss the next 2/1 Margarita night .
On Saturday Jan. 24th we arrived at Riviera beach marina to meet up with our old cruising friend George who is sailing around the world on his new Tartan 43 sailboat he plans to go to the Bahamas then the Caribbean and across to Panama cut through the canal in summer 2009 . We also met up with Yolie my friend from Fl who is a member of the SSYC she has been awaiting our arrival for several months but we travel slow . We went out to dinner with Yoli and her friends from Fl and Michigan and had a grand ole time I think ? You see everyone wants to get the sailors drinking cause that’s what we are supposed to do .(in the movies anyway ?) But it was lots of fun and now we are on a slip at the marina working on the boat the never ending list of chores to do so if ya”ll think we are just a couple of lounging ,bar hopping imbibers well we got jobs to do too .Today we put on the scuba gear and washed the bottom of the boat and added a new zinc . The water is clear very clear and its nice to be able to see more that 1 ft. below the surface first time since Block Island,RI the ICW is muddy waters. Also we set up the watermakerand turned her on and she is putting out 1.25 gallons per hour of fresh desalinated water we both drank water samples from the tap and if we are not heard from again you will know it doesn”t work. but it tastes good so this is very cool making you own water and being self sufficient . It”s time to go but not till we watch the superbowl and go to Miami and the keys. So not just yet ! The Bahamas will have to wait!
S/V Loon There is nothing more enticing,disenchanting,and enslaving than the life at sea. from Lord Jim
|Port Orange to Riviera beach|
I don”t know why there is no picture but if you click on the port Orange to Riviera beach it will take you to the album,,,
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