Sunday, February 8, 2015

Left Boot Key Harbor, on to North Bimini Bahamas

We spent a week anchoring having started number 19 on the mooring ball waiting list.  Finally moved up to #1 on Friday and Saturday, but nobody left so we stayed number 1, today, Sunday Feb 8, but left at 10 am to start the movement to the Bahamas.

We anchored in several places, dragged in one place, had to tie up at the fuel dock of Burdines one night, had to pick up a vacant mooring ball at 3 am as we were floating through the mooring field.  Finally went to Sisters Creek which was a nice spot to drop the hook, but twice as long to get to the dinghy dock.    Perhaps next time we will go right to Sisters Creek if we end up on the waiting list.  By the way, the all time record on the waiting list is 44, set in 2010-2011 winter.  Boats were all over the place as nobody could leave because of storms.

Had a great time in Marathon, saw friends from Cleveland, Steve and Linda Franko who were our dock mates at East 55th St Marina for several years.  Actually Linda knows my sister, Connie, as they were both math teachers at Cuyahoga Community College.  Lots of great card games, but as Linda said, we have to start video recording the game because people remember whose deal it is.

A good thing about Marathon is that it is very social, we saw some old boater friends,  Bob and Barbara, some newer friends, Gail and Don, and a really old sailing person, Captain Jack who celebrated his 93rd birthday three days ago.

Got the boat stocked with everything we need for a while.  So now it is just putting in the hours to get to North Bimini, one of our favorite places in the Bahamas.  Going to have dinner here, check the oil and coolant and leave about 10 pm for a 12 hour overnight. We did 8 hours today.

We did try to get the boat bottom cleaned but the guys pictured below had some equipment issues and had to pass on our boat.

They were trying to run their air compressor with a Honda 2000 but the current draw was too much for the little Honda so it was shutting off.

Next post will be from Bimini Blue Water Marina in North Bimini, Bahamas.


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