|Size isn't everything as this pocket cruiser proves|
|The mooring field at Vero Beach|
|Scott soldiering on in the pouring rain.|
|Our main sail has had problems coming out for some time.|
We thought we had it beat but here it is again, stuck.
|Scott, Peter and Julie on the New River|
|Heather, Peter and Julie at our "Farewell Party"|
|The Floridian on Las Olas Boulevard|
|That's Scott Free far left with Anything Goes behind her|
|Ft. Lauderdale beach - a great place to walk|
|Scott's back in the engine room!|
After a great "Farewell Dinner" on board with Julie and Peter, we set out at 6:30AM for an eighty-five mile trip down to Rodrieguez Key. The weather report was for winds 10-15 from the NE. We exited the inlet and started rocking and rolling. The wind was 15-20 gusting 25 and from the east. Big confused waves with short intervals caused us to take "blue" water over the bow as we headed out to sea. Suddenly the engine stopped working. This was rather nerve wracking as we weren't that far from shore. We quickly got our jib out and turned away from the wind. Scott went below to check it out. The raw water pump had given up. So no water into the engine and the impeller blew.
|Dinner at the Cabana Restaurant in West Palm Beach|
|Ft. Lauderdale calls itself the Venice of California and there|
sure are a lot of canals (and houses that are trying to look
|Las Olas is lined with shops and restaurants and is really|
lively at night.
But the tow boat came and we made slow progress back to our slip. Julie and Peter, having been warned by phone, were there to help us tie up. Scott got right on the phone and ordered a new pump to be delivered on Monday, 2/13.
But we just make the best of these change of plans. Enterprise has special weekend rates so we rented a car. Most of the time we were running up to West Marine, Home Depot and Publix, but the four of us also had a fun day Saturday up south. We attended the Boat Gear Sale/Sea Food Festival (rather tacky and little sea food), had dinner at the Cabana Restaurant (533 Clematis St. 561-833-4773) in West Palm after checking with Trip Advisor - #3 out of 272 restaurants. It was excellent, a mixture of Cuban and other South American cuisines. We had another whole meal out of the leftovers. Afterwards we attended a Saute to Louis Armstrong by the Palm Beach Pops in Boca Raton. It was really fun of course and capped off a spontaneous day off.
Scott worked all day Monday and Tuesday installing the new raw water pump and fixing the suddenly not working generator. Our plans now are to rent a car and pick up Russ in Miami and then leave Thursday morning to make (hopefully) tracks down to the Keys. Fingers crossed....