Last minute details
Our day in the Coconut Grove / Key Biscayne area was spent making last minute preparations for tomorrow’s planned crossing to the Bahamas. In almost chronological order, we:
- Moved out of the mooring field after being told we were not welcome to anchor there.
- Topped up our fuel tank and all of our jerry cans.
- Went for swim number one when I dove in the water at the fuel dock to save the jerry can lid (I was unsuccessful in retrieving it). Yes, it was chilly but at least the water was clear.
- Anchored for the first time of the day, just outside the fuel dock after being told there was no “courtesy dock” where we could leave our boat for a couple of hours to go shopping.
- Went to West Marine and Home Depot to buy last-minute “stuff.”
- Anchored for the 2nd time, this time at Hurricane Hole on Key Biscayne. We were shocked to find that we are one of only 2 boats anchored here. Everyone heading to the Bahamas must have already left!
- Drained fuel from the Tohatsu engine, cleaned him up and then stored him down below in the “garage“
- Wrestled Yamaha engine (Yama-Sama!) up onto the rail mount. If the bolts on the new mount had been moved even 1/2″ up or down, the engine would not have fit! We initially tried to use the boom to raise the engine up onto the rack but I decided that using brute force was the better solution (this time). An easier solution will no doubt present itself at some point.
- Went for swim number 2, this time attempting to clean the crap off our speed transducer and get it working again. We’ll know tomorrow if I was successful.
- Repaired (sewed) small piece of our Genoa’s sun-strip which had come unraveled. Our sewing machine rocks!
- Moved bar-b-q because it was casting a shadow on our new solar panel.
- Added some shims to the solar panel to make it level. The fact that it was 1/2″ out of level was driving me bananas. This job turned into way more work than I had intended. I really need to stop being so anal.
- Studied Explorer charts, decided on final destination for tomorrow and plotted way-points into Garmin.
Now we’re just chilling out and will be hitting the sack early to be ready for our 2 AM departure! Wish us luck. 🙂
Aerial pic of Bimini, where we are headed tomorrow.
Note: We have no idea about internet access once we leave the US so if I don’t post for a day or so, don’t send the Coast Guard looking for us! We will, however, be able to update our spot!