Standing by on Channel 16, No Ka Oi over
It has been a hectic couple of weeks for the No Ka Oi crew. We came home from Marineland to be with Russ’ brother and his girlfriend after they were in a motorcycle accident. They are both home and healing, a few more surgeries will be needed, but they are both on their way to recovering.
In between hospital visits and wheel chair ramp building, we also had a few chores to take care of while we were home.
Our main sail bit the dust on the trip back, so the Captain’s first job was to get that taken down and to the repair shop. Turns out it’s a pretty old sail, we knew this, but live in denial of the mounting expenses to our chosen life. While we are busting open the piggy bank, we decided it was wise to replace the jib too. New sails will be ready just in time for Christmas…honey, I picked out a really big Christmas gift for you, hope you like it!
Main sail to shop, new sail coming soon.
Also, while the piggy bank was open, we replaced the blocks and lines on our dingy hoist. The old one didn’t swivel and we had pretty bad wear on the sheaves, and since that’s an everyday item from here on out (think my car) it was necessary.
New Blocks for the davits.
The Captain had to make four trips to the top of the mast while we were home. He is especially pleased with our Miami Boat Show purchase of the mast climber kit from INT Inc. He made his first three climbs by himself, I was there for the fourth one and took these pics. He had to assess problems then put up a new topping lift, change out some light bulbs, and do some measuring for the new sails.
Four trips up the mast
I had a few sewing projects to work on. I made a new cover for the dingy motor. Repaired several wind socks, and modified our canvas awnings to fit our space a little better. I also modified the comforter for our V-berth with a pocket, and trimmed and hemmed the side edges to get rid of extra material, so it tucked in better and stayed that way. I found this perfectly cute fabric on clearance and had to make a new pillow cover too.
Comforter repair, new motor cover, canvas covers and helper, new pillow cover.
We had a nice couple of days visit with Josiah before he had to return to Philly and then back out on tour.
Josiah and I
And I had to get a little Mommy and girlfriend time too. I tried to see everyone, but can never work all that out, remember, you can come visit me…I am living in paradise!!!
My Mom and I, My friend Peggy and I
There were more projects than we can remember, and after Russ helped get his brother settled at home by moving all the furniture around, we were able to get back underway late Thursday afternoon. We made it to Peck Lake about 7 p.m. On Friday morning, we made the dreaded decision to do the ditch (ICW) to head south because it was too rough offshore with a cold front heading our way. We really tried to stay ahead of the front, and possibly, it was worse behind us, but we had unfavorable wind for sailing, lots of rain, and too much choppy water, The Captain was awesome, he was able to keep two of the three of his crew from getting sick.
Rain when we left Stuart, Captain and another storm, clouds, wind and more rain
Poor Pepe couldn’t take all the tossing and rocking, but he is feeling better now and back to the morning stare down for his food.
Not feeling so good
The morning stare-down…where’s my food?
In case you need to know, there are 47 bridges between home and Marathon. Two of them are railroad bridges, 8 are high rise bridges (two being of questionable height for us,) and 37 are draw bridges. Of the 37 draw bridges, 30 bridges are on a timed schedule.
We had three days of the timed bridges, day one we had lots of waiting (up to 45 minutes at one bridge,) day two, went quite smoothly. Day three…well the Captain pleads the 5th regarding bridges and bridge tenders on day three. They are by majority nice people, bridge tenders, but there is always just that one, who really makes your day “special.”
When it comes to bridges, except for throwing up, it’s easier to go offshore.
There were two bridges on our passage that we were not sure if we could get underneath. We have always had an opening for the 17th Street Bridge in Ft. Lauderdale, but this time we just missed the opening. Since one of the things we did on the Captains mast climbing adventures was to get an accurate measurement of our mast, we felt comfortable trying it without waiting for the next scheduled opening. Of course we made it, or I’d be telling another story. The Julia Tuttle Bridge in Miami is a few inches taller than the 17th Street Bridge when it is closed, so we now knew we could make that bridge too. But, that said, it’s still scary as heck when you are looking up from deck.
Can we make it?
We did have a few interesting sites along the ditch:
Jupiter lighthouse, always my favorite light!
Jupiter Light House
You know you’re in Palm Beach by the size of the boats and lifts.
And Ft. Lauderdale always has interesting things. They call that thing a jetovator water bike, and for only an additional 10k you can add it onto the jet ski you already own.
Ft. Lauderdale, jetovator, pirate ships
Night boat ride in Hollywood…Florida that is…
Russ made it through all the bridges, “No Bridge Tenders Die,” the headline reads.
“No Bridge Tenders Die”
We had a royal fly-over for our stay at Elliot Key, well it was for the NASCAR race, but we’ll take it.
Finally with the worst of the weather behinds us, we make it to the keys!!!
The Florida Keys, finally
As soon as we hook the mooring ball, the Captain has repairs to make.
Repairs, repairs, repairs
Our home, for the next few months, Boot Key Harbour, Marathon, Florida
Boot Key Harbour
Well we hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may God’s blessings shine on each of you. Stay tuned next weeks feature…we plan on relaxing again!