Do I need inspiration to write a blog entry. Heck yes! Sometimes inspiration comes in strange ways. I knew it had been a while since my last entry but I didn’t realize it had been THAT long. Sorry
Oh yeah “Inspiration”, today’s entry came in the way of a message on Facebook relaying contact info for an old friend. That’s not exactly right the inspiration came from previous message that said people were wondering what was happening on our “adventure”.
Well since my last entry we had work completed on one of our engines and spent three weeks in Mobile Alabama.
Then we moved on toward Florida, crossed Mobile bay and had our first sighting of dolphins. Moved into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, (GIW), had lunch at Lulu’s Restaurant. (It’s owned by Jimmy Buffett’s sister).
Reconnected with some new friends in Panama City Florida. Connected with cousins that haven’t seen in 20+ years.
Spent Christmas day in Panama City with other Loopers. Then on the 26th we headed east on the GICW with a stop in Apalachicola for oysters
I have found in all the oysters that I have eaten, that is almost 3 dozen, that I like mine raw with cocktail sauce and crackers. Grilled oysters taste like butter and whatever else the grill it with.
After Apalachicola we headed toward Carrabelle, Florida for what was supposed to be just a short stop then on across the Gulf and on to Southern Florida.
Yep, we were only supposed to be in Carrabelle for a few days. Wind and waves held up our crossing, then a full moon and an extreme low tide left us aground in our slip. At 0700 I felt the boat lean, settle, and heard what sounded like gravel being poured. Then the bilge alarm went off. It wasn’t gravel it was the fibreglass tearing while the support block for the rudder failed catastrophically.
Our conversation went something like this:
Me: “Dearest your going to have to get out of bed.”
Cynthia: “Why! What’s going on? Why is the alarm sounding?”
Me: “The good news is we aren’t sinking.”
Cynthia: “What’s going on Byron? What’s happening?
Me: You have to get out of bed so we can see what is going on in the back of the boat.
(Move the bed and open the compartments under)
Me: very calmly, “HOLY SHIT!!! WE’RE SINKING!!!”
Cynthia: “Calm down it cant’ be that bad.”
Cynthia (looking into the back rudder compartments)
“HOLY SHIT!! WE’RE SINKING!! DO SOMETHING”
Me: “We can’t sink we are already sitting on the bottom. But that’s a lot of water”
Well, we didn’t sink but we had to wait until the tide came back in to float the boat then move over to the shipyard to be hauled for repair. Turned out that both rudder blocks were damaged and had to be replaced.
Now two weeks later we are back in the water and we have rigged the lines in the slip so we can move the boat out while the tide is out and back into the dock when the tide is in.
We call it “The Carrabelle Slide.”
Our short stay in Carrabelle has lasted a month and now we are back to waiting for a weather window to head across the Gulf to our next destination.
Here are some pictures of what we saw while staying at the motel.
Looks like we will be headed toward Tarpon Springs with a trip of about 150 miles across the Gulf of Mexico. Weather looks like it might cooperate later this week. We will let you know what happens next.
Until next time, you Northerners “Keep your tip up.”