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Monday, December 21, 2015

All God's Creatures are Lost



But some have sailboats.

One nice bonus about spending more time than we'd planned in the marina is that we've had some time to get to know people better.

Last night my wife was wondering what a sailboat had tied to its deck. The owner came out and was more than happy to answer her questions. Like my lovely wife suspected, the bundle on the deck was his deflated dinghy. My lovely wife got a kick out of that as it was the same area where she had me tie our deflated kayak.

We've been getting a lot of good local knowledge about sailing in this area. For example, we've learned that one of the nearby locks is under construction and is closed except for weekends and a once daily opening during weekdays. That will have some bearing in our future plans.

A lot of people in this marina have been to the Bahamas and they all have nice things to say about it. That's great as I've been trying to convince my lovely wife to sail there. She tells me next year. I'm fine with that as we are getting used to this boat. There are plenty of things to see around Florida yet.

One guy told me about some very remote anchorages in the Bahamas where few people go. It's almost surprising that a place so close to the hustle and bustle of Florida can be deserted. However, once you think about it, it makes sense. Power boats are limited by how much fuel they can carry. Most sailors stick to the tried and true routes where supplies are available. Not that many people deal well with isolation so they seek out places where others gather.

We are all about beautiful natural places, so it's just the sort of adventure we'd like to do. I'm also curious to see if those areas are suitable for emergency bug out locations. Life on the mainland is wacky at the best of times, never mind during a national emergency.

-Sixbears

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    1. I was thinking of a book I read. The title was: All God's Creatures are lost -but some can play the piano.

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  2. Getting to the lonely coves also requires an adventurous spirit that many people nowadays lack. Sailing / boating is enough for them - no need to do anything risky like getting off the beaten path. Heavens - we could get in trouble !

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    1. Well, we really could get into trouble, so we have to make sure our boat and skills are all squared away.

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  3. Good way to check out emergency locations, Sixbears, and have fun doing it. Good plan ~

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  4. How long does your fresh water supply last? How often do you replace the water you use? Do you have one of these:
    http://www.ampacpure.com/emergncy_portable_sea_watermaker

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    1. Right now I've got about a 10 day supply. Could easily add more.

      Watermakers are darn pricey, power hungry, and complicated. This boat has the beginnings of a good rain catchment system, but it was never completed. It wouldn't take much to finish it.

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  5. Sixbears, I can't wait to read about that adventure!

    But I guess I will have to :-(

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  6. i've read that here are still piratical predators in the caribean. could be apocryphal.

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    1. There's a few, but there are things you can do. Right now it's not a big problem.

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