Stuart and the trip home

Better crossing than expected.

Wahoo for dinner, pool and them drinks with Gary and Michelle. Got up way too early for a long long hot boring day through 5 locks, a ditch, some really disgusting coffee brown water, and a very open boring lake. We won’t be doing the ditch crossing again if we can help it.

Dinner at the Morgan house in Ft Myers with Docs Holiday and Exit Ramp.

Enjoying a late morning (finally!) before our last captain’s meeting and the final run home.

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Port Lucaya

Three easy days at Port Lucaya.
Great pool with umbrellas and a bar. Couple of good dinners.
Up for a 615 captains meeting. Weathers supposed to be windy for the crossing back to Florida. Everyone’s anxious to start as early as we can. We got the eisenglass up last night, jerryrigged with a few careful knife cuts and some zip ties, the duct tape of boaters. We will see if it holds.

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Bimini Sands To Port Lucaya

Two easy days in Bimini Sands, mostly at the pool. Went out and anchored long enough to get pix of our boat in the Bahamas. Good sunset over the infinity pool.

Rough crossing over to Port Lucaya but those are getting easier. Docked fast, paid for a wash, grabbed fried conch and lobster for lunch. Found a pool and margaritas. Met a foursome off an Azimut from Ft Lauderdale. Home for a nap before dinner.

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Crossing to Bimini

Pool at Ocean Reef was beautiful. In early last night for dinner on the boat and an early crossing to Bimini.

Smooth crossing, arrived before noon to a very crowded and short manned Bimini Sands. Tight maneuvering but Captain Joe’s getting pretty good at those tight spaces! Not a bad place to spend Father’s Day.

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June 15 Marco Island to Ocean Reef

Came in on 1 and 10! Feeling a little like Kramer with the whole gas thing. Leading Lady let us go first for fear we would run dry if we came off plane too early.

Ocean reef marina is gorgeous. Boats bigger than you can imagine. Dock boy said Roger Penske used to have his 100 footer here but his new 200+ wouldn’t fit.

Off to find the pool before 5 o’clock cocktails.

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To Marco Island

Rough seas to start. Rough enough to come into Marco Island with 1 gallon of gas on the port side! AC broken – they pulled out the pump and it had a hole all the way through it from where seawater had been leaking onto for years. They switched out the pump for us. The gas truck is fueling us up now. Then off to a swim and a shower, docktails on Leading Lady, and hopefully a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow’s a long day. Hoping the gas (and the weather) holds out!

Leaving home

Finding everyone else

Lady Patricia

 

View off the port

 

So, we may not have enough gas...

View from port

 

How much more gas do we have?

 

Down to one gallon, Marco Island ahead