We happily flew out to the boat in the Berry Islands at Great Harbour Cay in Mid- October, keeping a close eye on the weather since it was still hurricane season, after all.
Thank you to our good friends, Jay and Karen Campbell, who kept a good eye on Mahi for us and aired it out nicely for our arrival. They even picked us up from the airport and arranged drinks and pizza dinner while we settled in. We arrived very tired, so were most grateful for all they did.
After unpacking, we put the full enclosure back on and the sails. We filled our empty fridge and freezer with a few basics items.
First opportunity, we plan to head to Florida for refit #3. We left about 1 o’clock on a Tuesday, and did a straight shot across the bank, then through So. Riding Rock and on across the Gulf Stream to Biscayne Bay by Wednesday morning.
We made such good time, that we decided to head towards Marathon in the Florida Keys. We stopped to rest and sleep at Travernier Key, arriving in the afternoon.
Just as we finished anchoring, we enjoyed a low flyover by six Air Force C 130’s. We waved and had our own mini air show. One of the planes banked one way, then the other, much to our enjoyment.
The next morning, we pulled up anchor and headed for Boot Key Harbor in Marathon. Stone crab season started the week before, so we dodged crab traps the entire way. Of course, our autopilot decided to break for the third time, so we hand steered the rest of the way. Add another item to our refit list! We arrived on Thursday afternoon.
Here is our 2018 to-do list:
New Asymmetrical Spinnaker with ATN sock; New Garmin Radar, New Garmin Autopilot, Custom cockpit cushions, kayak for Ethan, Stand up Paddle board, diving hookah system.
Repair Windlass seal- Joe is working on this as we speak. Whomever worked on it previously installed the seal incorrectly, causing it to leak.
Refinish teak toerails and any other teak in need of refinishing. That’s my job.
Remove and rebed one of the side windows. We replaced the windows in our initial refit, but one just started leaking over hurricanes season.
Reorganize every nook and cranny on the boat, removing anything unnecessary. We need to free up space on the boat.
This season, I will be making a variety of canvas items, so about to make a huge order to Sailrite for supplies. Goal is to make fender covers, mast boot cover, Jerry can covers, Grill cover, watermaker cover and I’m sure to find a few more jobs before I pack away my sewing machine.
Plan to make headway on all the items and get back over to Bahamas as fast as possible.