Last Friday, the delivery trip of Mahi from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale began. This is the first big sailing trip since we bought the sailboat. This first leg started out in Longboat Key, out to Sarasota Bay, ino the Gulf of Mexico, with the sailboat heading south towards the Florida Keys. Aboard for the delivery is Joe and my brother in law, Dave, who just happens to be a professional mega-yacht captain with a few days off to assist. Mahi is in good hands.
I so wish I were along for this delivery trip, but it was decided that the boat didn’t yet have the safety equipment we wanted for having 4 year old Ethan on board. So that meant Ethan and I went to Ft. Lauderdale to stay with my sister, Yvette, and await the arrival of the boat.
The trip starts at the gas dock the night before to fill up with diesel fuel. Mahi took on 80 gallons in her 110 gallon fuel tank.
Unfortunately, an overwhelming smell of diesel was discovered in the aft cabin due to a failed fuel fill hose. Such is the way of new boat ownership, you learn all the defects the hard way. Joe will fix that issue, along with the permeated head hoses when Mahi gets to Ft. Lauderdale.
While the clouds look ominous, they did not have rain or wind, which meant Joe and Dave needed to motor or motor sail most of the way. Just as they finally found some wind and were sailing in 20 knots wind, they reached the transient dock at Boca Grande Marina near Fort Myers for the night.
Next day, sailing was great, and the boat went about 8-10 knots. They made it as far as Flamingo, FL, and anchored out for the night. Joe reported that the night sky was incredible. Sailing through the Florida Keys, the following night was spent in Miami at a marina.
I met the boat at the dock in Ft. Lauderdale. Here are the pictures of Joe and Dave coming down the canal towards the dock on our sailboat. The boat has now successfully completed its first journey.
Below, the picture shows Mahi tied off at the dock, all ready for the bids and work to be done. Stay tuned for what needs to be done.