First, Thanks Jeff H for the ride from the airport
. That saved me some serious logistic issues as well as a few dollars.
This trip south from Deale, MD to Fernandina Beach, FL started out on a bad note. We've planned for weather
and breakdowns, but not for lift
problems! I felt lucky Monday that the boat
yard was going to get me in the water
a day earlier than scheduled. The lift
arrived late in the day and took us off the stands. We quickly walked down to the water
and waited for them to arrive as they crawled along with Exposure in the slings. 15 minutes went by when my wife decided to walk back and see what the delay was, while I wathced the kids
. She came back to report that the lift driver had run into the bow sprit of a power boat
. It had lifted it off the jack stands on one side! In the process a hydraulic hose broke on the lift, spraying fluid everywhere. As this lift was completely hydraulic, we were stuck. They moved the other boats around and cleaned up the mess. But, we were stuck in the slings until the morning, when a mechanic
could make repairs
. So much for an early start.
But, today was a great day, even if we did have to motor
all afternoon. We are at Solomons Island, MD and will be heading further south at sunrise tomorrow. We were treated to a nice sunset while we ate crabs in the salon
. Now it's off to bed