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|May 1, 2014||Fast Ferry "Bohengy" to Harbour Island from Spanish Wells|
|May 2, 2014 Friday||Photo shoot around Spanish Wells|
|May 3, 2014 Saturday||Spanish Wells|
Changed oil and oil filter. Changed primary and secondary fuel filters. Homemade Pizza cooked on the grill.
|May 4, 2014 Sunday||Spanish Wells|
Dinghy ride around Spanish Wells harbour, cribbage, and sitting out rain that finally came. For hurricanes a safe place to put your boat is tied up in the mangroves. Could this motor yacht have been here since Hrricane Sandy? The photo on the right is a little resort at the west end of the harbor. Given the shallow water i can't imagine that many visiting yachts make it up here. Mayb during the summer months when there are more sportfishing boats in the islands this little resort gets more traffic.
|May 5, 2014 Monday||Spanish Wells to Royal Island|
On arrival who should be in the anchorage but Daryl and Annie on "No Rehearsal." I met them here in December 2012. In between they have been through the eastern Caribbean to Granada to sit out the hurricane season.
Spent the afternoon exploring[loring ruins of the estate built by an American many decades ago. The island is currently under development with planned marina and many lots in the sub-division.
. What remains today is the concrete foundation of the buildings which are now overgrown with trees and vines, absolutely beautiful in its own way. After tying up the dinghy to what remains of the dock there (a couple of concrete blocks and metal rebar) you climb up the hill to the house. The entire front of the plantation was terraced, and rose bushes still grow there today. We explored all of the estate and found many places where very decorative and intricate tiles still remain. We found the old kitchen with its big hearth and the remains of a guest quarters with its own bathroom and fireplace- very neat. Our favorite area we found was an outdoor covered patio which opened up to a beautiful view of the bay. Wayne and Dana also visited the ruins and Dana has a nice essay posted on her web site Galley Wench. Before turning to the ruins let me start you out with a few butterfly pictures.
|May 6, 2014 Tuesday||Royal Island to Little Harbor in the Abacos: ABORTED|
|When I got up to go I was aground. I didn't get off until 10 AM. Since the wind was so light I decided to postpone departure until tomorrow. The Explorer charts are a little off in the northeast corner of the anchorage. It could be due to shifting sand in the intervening years since the last soundings. In my location I should have had a bit more than 6 feet of water at low tide.|
|May 7, 2014 Wednesday||Royal Island to Lynyrd Cay|
|Broad reach around west end of Royal Island. Beam reach in 9-13 knots apparent the rest of the day. Averaged 5.8 knots over the ground for the day. The seas were confused enough in Northeast Providence Channel were confused enough that I could not use the autopilot. Those who left Royal Island yesterday had to motorsail the entire trip.|
|May 8, 2014 Thursday||Lynyrd Cay to Marsh Harbour|
|A wonderful sailing day on the Sea of Abaco. Used every point of sail on the trip.|
|May 09, 2014 - May 14, 2014||Marsh Harbour|
During this period I spent my time on the usual tasks: H2O, grocery shopping, fuel, laundry, washing the salt off the boat.
Spent one day in Hope Town.
Wolfgang flies in to crew on the trip back to Florida. The plan is to sail stright through from Great Sale to Fernandina Beach. Plans and commitments to airlines have to be made before one knows how the weather will evolve. There is a threatening tropical wave with strong NE winds to be followed by a collapse of the wind for a week or more. Given the forecast it is unlikely that we can sail all the way to Fernandina.
|May 15, 2014 Thursday||Marsh Harbour to Red Bay|
|Nice broad reach to an isolated spot on the east coast of Great Abaco. Took a couple of tries to find a sandy spot to put down the anchor.|
|May 16, 2014 Friday||Red Bay through the Whale to Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay|
|Another great sailing day. Tied up at Donnie's Boat Rental dock for the passage of the tropical wave. Donny's dock has no amenities: no water, no electricity, no bathhouse, but the price is right. Walk in town with a stop at Emily's Blue Bee for her Goombay Smash.|
|May 17, 2014 Saturday||New Plymouth|
|Walk in town and cart rental to drive up to the north end of Green Turtle Cay.|
|May 18, 2014 Sunday||Black Sound to Manjack Cay|
|A total of six miles. Took Krazy Lady's dinghy into the mangroves where we came across many young sea turtles. Along the way back to the boats we passed by Crab Cay. This could be the home of the next pig beach to rival Big Major Spot in the Abacos.|
|May 19, 2014 Monday||Manjack Cay to Great Sale Cay|
|The wind today was 14-17 knots NE true all day. Beam Reach to another Crab Cay, broad reach on starboard tack to Little Sale, broad reach on port tack down to entrance to Great Sale anchorage. Average speed on the day 6.7 knots. If we had known the wind would be more moderate than predicted we would have advanced the schedule a day and been able sail straight through to Fernandina.|
|May 20 - May 21, 2014||Great Sale Cay to Cape Canaveral|
To give battery bank 1 a full charge we motorsailed for the first 1 1/2 hours. Great sailing across the Little Bahama Bank, good sailing until 0130 on 05/21/2014 when we had to start motor sailing. Eventually we had to bring down the sails as they were hindering more than helping. All-in-all this was a pretty easy crossing. Those who waited another day had to motor the entire 158 miles.
After clearing customs we went on a pub crawl to celebrate being back in the US.
|May 22, 2014||Canaveral to New Smyrna|
We got up early to catch the last opening of the bascule bridge before rush hour. But we were stuck waiting an hour for the next bridge closed for rush hour. Went up the waterway since there was predicted to be no wind at all. Did a little motorsailing. On departure Wolfgang and I sang Happy Birthday to Ann on Krazy Lady. As we turned out of the Barge Canal into the ICW we tried to convince Ann that we arranged the missile launch on the occasion of her birthday. The below clip tracks the contrail of the rocket:
|May 23, 2014||New Smyrna to St Augustine|
Went out the Ponce Inlet to motorsail up the coast and avoid the many opening bridges. Below is a photo of the distinctive lighthouse at Ponce inlet.
Ann put her dinghy in the water so we all went in for showers and then headed to the American Legion Post for a $12.95 lobster dinner.
|May 24, 2014 Saturday||St Augustine to Fernandina Beach|
|Started out motorsailing. In the early AM we had a land breeze that boosted us to 7 knots over the ground. Once it died we just motored until the wind swung around to a sea breeze and we could motorsail gain. About 12 miles from Fernandina the engine died. With less than half a tank and the heel of the boat the fuel pickup tube was above the fuel level. Fortunately the wind had filled in enough that we were able to sail into the harbour off Fernandina Harbour Marina where we anchored to work on getting the engine running again. Once we had it running to our satisfaction we headed into the marina. Just after turning into the fairway the engine sputtered and died. I opened the throttle all the way, it started, I put in in gear, it psuttered so i pushed up the RPMs, surging the boat forward again, only to have the Engine die. No reverse, no brakes. Yikes. Got a line to the dockhand, but he had to let it drop due to our speed. We drifted up to an open t-dock, then walked the boat around so that it would no block the channel. Pretty damn scary.|
|May 25, 2014 Sunday||Fernandina Beach|
Tried again to get the engine running. No Luck. Called Wayne York, the diesel guru here. He can't and won't come until Tuesday; can't complain, it is after all Memorial Day weekend. Grocery shopping and running around trying to find someone that carries my Brown-Dahl fuel filters. Laundry. Up the mast to see if there is a loose wire for the masthead navigation lights; no luck.
|May 26, 2014 Monday||Fernandina Beach, Memorial Day|
|Just hanging around.|
|May 27, 2014 Tuesday||Fernandina Beach|
Robert, who works for Wayne, traced the fuel problem to the pick-up tube. When he got back from the shop he told me there is a screen in the interior of the tube that was clogged with lots of gunk. He got cleaned up. When everything was put back together and the engine running Franky noticed that the fuel-water separator bowl was accumulating air. Sure enough, when a flashlight was shined on it we could see bubbles rising from the drain valve at the bottom. Robert tried to find a replacement bowl for this antique. No luck, so tomorrow he will put in a new Racor filter, which is what nearly everyone is using nowadays.
Meanwhile, over the last couple of seasons my rudder has been developing a shudder cum flutter. My suspicion was that the busings in the rudder tube needed replacing, so I posted a query to the Yahoo Caliber owners' group. In response I got a call from George McCreary, the owner of Caliber Yachts. His recommendation was to not come to hasty conclusions but to tighten the four bolts holding the upper bearing plate to a shelf built under the helmsman's seat. Once I got in there I found that two of the bolts went through rotten wood. My temporary solution has been to use stainless steel bar stock under the shelf running longitudinally tying the bolts fore and aft in pairs. The bar stock is long enough to lay on solid wood.
|May 28, 2014 Wednesday||Fernandina Beach|
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