Criss Crossing the Gulf Stream
The challenge? We set a date and place – Nassua Dec 22 for flights to Nashville. Never set a date and place far in advance when sailing. It almost always adds stress and causes potentially unnatural decisions to make the ‘date and place’.
The key? Patience & flexibility. We stayed in North Palm Beach for almost 2 weeks. 12 days longer than planned. Plans change. Our watermaker died and the weather was persistent out of the NE, E.
The good news, Beard Marine was excellent. They found the problem – our ‘Energy Transfer Device’ ($4,500) died. The better news, it was covered by warranty and Sea Recovery upgraded our entire unit to the new model a no charge. The new model is supposed to be more ‘bullet proof’ than the old design. We were thrilled.
We also took the time to connect for drinks with and old colleague and had lunch with friends from Deloitte. It was fun for me to stay connected with the latest news from Deloitte while in Florida.
We made the decision after getting the water maker fixed to scrap Abacos and keep heading south while the wind was out of the east. We set a date and place - and time was not on our side to see the Abacos. The farther south we sailed, the more comfort with seas aft of beam for our crossing.
|Kids in Cockpit as we sail|
The best laid plans. We anchored about 300 meters from the entrance, and planned to get underway at dawn. We didn’t plan on the entrance being shoaled in 1m of water at low tide – 6.30am. The charts showed 2m at MLW. So, we pulled out the charts and headed south to another channel. That channel had warnings posted about shoaling and 1m of water in portions of the channel. Nope. That won’t work. At this point we were thinking about plan “C”. Wait for high tide – noon, and then head over.
|Sunset at anchorage near channel in Florida Keys|
|Kids at helm - learning early!|
|Field Trip in middle of gulf stream...flat seas, sunny day!|
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- Mark, Sarah, Michael and Elizabeth