Nautical miles: 100 nm
Docked at: Sombrero Marina, Marathon
We were just leaving the dock at Marco, and Garth got a call from Frank on Once Around - "give me ten minutes and we are coming with you" Great, it is always comforting to have company when you are out in open water. They were ready and we were on the move just before 7 am.
Our first obstacle of the day was a coast guard vessel blocking the exit, just a short wait and he moved. This should have been a sign of what was to come.
|Coast Guard blocking our exit|
|This is the life!|
About 3 ish we got into a clear spot and Garth radioed to Frank that he was going to pick up the speed . He throttled up and CABOOM, A hesitation in the engine and loss of power. Garth pulled back and ran down to the engine room. No fire, no smoke - always a good sign. The port side transmission pressure gauge dropped to zero, he topped up the oil but it didn't help. Keep in mind we spent 3 weeks in Iuka, Mississippi having the port side transmission dealt with and the mechanic returned for a day in Burnt Store.
Although it was a relatively calm day when you are just sitting there the boat starts to roll and roll it did! Lamps were flying, chairs falling over, things were flying and falling down the stairs. Zeke was barking at the back door - he wanted out. I yelled at him to get on the couch and he stood there shaking like a leaf as I was grabbing stuff flying around the room and yelling at Garth to see if he was OK. (picture it - not a pretty site) After about 15 minutes of this Garth decided that there was no fix possible at the time and we would continue in on one engine. Off we went . At the speed we were going it was touch and go on whether we would make Marathon. We told Frank and Carrie to go ahead - we would stay in radio contact and if worst came to worst there is always Tow Boat US ! Frank said that they had a night vision viewer and if we wanted it they would drop it off -- yea, I am sure we could use that. Carrie packed up the viewer in a bag and put the bag on the end of a boat hook. Frank brought Once Around up behind us and the hand off was perfection in motion. Garth looked back and saw the anchor from Once Around at the same time Carrie realized the two boats were a little too close - Carrie yelled F R A N K and Garth goosed our one engine. All was well - no incident and we had night vision. At the speed we could go with one engine we knew it would be dark coming into Marathon.
|Once Around making tracks for Marathon|
|Hugging the pillow after all the rocking and rolling was over!|
We limped along for what seemed like days but in reality about 5 hours. Still dodging crab pots but now it was even harder because we only had one engine and the maneuverability was challenging. We finally spotted land and I think we all breathed a sigh of relief.
Because we did not have any cell service we radioed to Frank and Carrie to organize our arrival. They found out our slip assignment and rallied the troops on the dock -- remember sometimes your the show and sometimes your the audience!
We limped under the seven mile bridge at sunset still dodging crab pots! Stop eating crab!!!