Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Off again, Dry Tortugas then Cuba

Hi all, last post for a bit. Got the Alt replaced, changed engine oil etc. Have Ken & Carol on board. Tickets booked for Barcelona, taxes paid, OK anything else??

Dry Tortugas with Dream Weaver in the am, then Habana we hope later in the week.

Bumps In the Night

Crossing from Fort Myers Beach to Key West, the weather says leave this afternoon, pull an over night. All is well until at 4 am we pick something up in the prop and rudder, the boat is shaking, I am in the engine room. We radio Dream Weaver. It takes a while, crab pot? net? Dunno, eventually we are free and carry on.  As we approach Key West the alternator burns up, we had symptoms early on but now it is serious. We grab a mooring and shut down the main.

Florida West Coast

We leave Ft. Pierce, stop in Indian Town, Mark & Emily bring us tools and join us for Gumbo "sans garlic".

On to Moore Haven, we spend a few nights, work on the tender, wait for Dream Weaver, met the folks on the Manatee "Second Star". Did Mexican at the canteena. Good.

On to Sarasota with Dream Weaver, connect with Nick & Sheri at the Peruvian Place, great place, Sarasota, too bad the dockage is so expensive so we only stayed a few nights. Sorry Nick, we did anchor out, the water is too turbid to make water, yes we saw our anchor, once, barely. Better now in the keys but still running through filters, one per week. We are spoiled I know from our time in the Bahamas.

Other than that great cruising and we need to come back.