Or leaving Louisiana in the broad daylight
After 18 months in New Iberia La. rebuilding this shrimp boat we finally pushed off. We tried a week earlier but dropped a valve and cracked a head
so we did an engine rebuild
. I must say that even while the Detroit Diesel
was grinding up it's own guts and spitting out the pieces through the exhaust
it ran just fine, lost
and belched a lot of smoke but kept right on chugging.
Left Vermillion Bay the first day to go around the Mississippi
River outlet on the outside toward the Florida
panhandle an had a fuel
spill an hour out, ran aground the second day, hit some nasty weather
the third day with stuff flying around the cabin
since nothing was secured, and snapped my anchor
cable the fourth day trying to pull it up. The snubber line held so I managed to retrieve the anchor
with a chain.
Running aground was a hoot as the depth sounder
was telling us we were in 93 ft of water
, so I assumed we snagged a net or something that was holding us firm. I put on my full Jacque Cousteau drag and jumped in the water
to do battle and landed on the bottom with water up to my tits. Our boat draws 6.5 ft so I knew right off this was not good. I did ease it off with no problem.
Anyway we're heading to Key West
should you want to give us wide berth.