Wow! I must admit that I did not expect such a bountiful response from you all. I have just taken possession, am sitting at the table, listening to my son complain that he is not tired, while he lays his head
on table asking incessant irrelavant questions. I am sure he is tired, I am. But I am also at peace while being lulled by the gentle rock (in Safe Harbor Marina).
Thus far I have verified the need of a main (I knew this before), There is a plow on the bow with chain and rode
. VolvoPenta runs and sounds good. Keel bolts
look nearly untouched by age and she wasn't one of the attempts at a cored hull
. No soft spots noted and no signs of deflection under the mast
step. Needs a good cleaning
and the engine
cover needs to be modified to properly fit over the engine
which is obviously not the original (they slid the cover forward which leaves a gap between cowl and hatch
As I read through your posts I realize I will have to return to enjoy some FL. Keys sailing but when I do remove from here this time it will be with the main purpose of returnig home without any more delay than needed.
I have no experience sailing the Fl. Keys, most of my time sailing has been the northern Bahamas
and the Treasure Coast. Some time with a 41 OI, More with an Ariel and a lot with 18' catamaran
. I admit to not spending much time with charts
over the past few years (didn't go anywhere I didn't know) but do know how to read and use them. Like the reminder (suggestion) for the towing insurance
Due to limited time I will be sailing with when I go I had been thinking along the lines of the one suggestion of catching the stream and just running through; won't be alone so weather
permitting can leave the helm
to my wife and sleep. Still it is always better to know the alternatives in case the need arises.
My son couldn't keep it going and for me it is also time to roll in so I can do a better check in the morning, Thanks to all.