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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

South it is then

My lovely wife and I spent most of the day trying to figure out where we'd head next. There are some places north of us that we know well and love. However, some nasty weather is predicted to head our way in a couple days. There are no good free anchorages directly north of us that offer much protection from the predicted wind direction.

So south it is then. We've a few good anchorages where we can hole up in. It's going to be a pain to go through all those bridges again, but it can't be helped. Conditions out in the Gulf are too rough for our small boat. At least we have options.

We've been trying to track down some persistent leaks on the boat. The good news is that it doesn't appear to be a leak in the hull. This boat has a poorly designed scupper system and that might be part of the problem, especially when traveling at hull speed. After our little sail out in the Gulf the other day we had some water sloshing around. At least I've stopped 99% of the porthole leak. Also found some good sized bolt holes that would allow water that came into the cockpit work its way into the cabin. Plugged those with a marine quality adhesive/filler.

One of the reasons we were heading north was in case my needed some follow up medical tests. She has a doctor upstate. Today we got the good news that she won't need those tests. That made our trip planning a lot easier.

We'd taken one more day in Venice to sort out the boat issues and to figure out our plans. My lovely wife and I did get to walk into downtown Venice for breakfast. It took some doing but we found a place that served real breakfast food -things like bacon, sausage, eggs, omelets, home fries and all the rest. They had outdoor seating with is important when traveling with a dog.

The adventure continues.



  1. Oh, the joys of spontaneity. Go where the good winds blow and stay out of the bad weather - Happy Sails to you and the LW.

  2. Always good to have some options. I do hope you have the leak stopped for good.

    1. With a new/old boat there's always little things to sort out. (sometimes there are major things too!)

  3. Glad your wife doesn't need any more tests. Most doctors will not leave you off the easy (grin}.

    1. She's got a six month break, and we'll be back in NH by then.