And waited - Garth and Zeke sat on the back deck watching the sailboats bend. The rain and wind came and went. But it meant that the wind continued.
Wednesday came all too fast, Bud showed up as promised and it took him a little longer than anticipated to install the carpet but it was worth it as it looks awesome. We checked the weather and there was too much wind for us to run the ocean and the bridges take too long so we made the decision to wait until tomorrow to leave and do the ocean route up north.
Thursday we got up at 6 ish and had set our departure time for 7ish. All went well, Jerry, our next door neighbor came out to say goodbye and to help us with the lines. We discussed the wind, the current and the way we were going to untie. Off we went -- Garth backed out of the slip like a pro - I was at the back watching the tender and making sure we cleared but we kept going back and going back and going back. I was calmly saying to Garth go forward Go Forward and he was saying back I CAN"T THE THROTTLE WON"T ENGAGE!! We slowly backed into a boat from the "Sea Ray Navy" then Garth thrusted the boat over to the face dock. Jerry was watching and he ran around and grabbed the lines. SCARY!!!
|Rescued at the dock|
Under the bridges and out Port Everglades into the Ocean we went. The ocean was calm and we had a great run all the way to Fort Piece. It was beautiful out there and not crowded. I got a bit worried when the depth finder said 483 ft but we have every safety device possible as well as a 10 man life raft.
When we arrived in Fort Pierce there were 2 dock hands ready to grab lines and assist us. Garth spun the boat and we did a textbook dock. BRAVO GARTH! As I was throwing the lines up I noticed two people hiding behind the boat behind us and sure enough Dan and Judy were there to add their support and to greet us.
For those of you who have not read previous blogs we meet Dan and Judy when we were docked on the New River. They have helped us immensely and encouraged us every step of the way. We are so thankful for having met them - as not only are they wonderful people, full of life, great stories and adventures but they are also a wealth of boating wisdom and knowledge.
We celebrated our arrival with "judys" a drink of rum, cranberry juice and orange juice. (had to substitute mango). Now, you are all probably thinking - not Kathy and Garth - they never drink, well, Dan and Judy also taught us how to drink........see I told you they are wonderful people!!
Steve arrived today and he didn't get the car returned until 2 so we are staying here one more night and will leave tomorrow for Titusville.