Monday, December 19, 2016

December 11, 2016 Ft Pierce passage preparations

We had a leisure morning because we only had about 10 miles to go to Ft Pierce.  We tried to anchor in front of the Harbortown Marina right off of the ICW.  There were 5 other boats there.  The wind and the current were opposing each other.  After circling around for about 30 minutes, we decided to move to a different anchorage across the ICW.  We had anchored there before, and it would be closer to the inlet for leaving in the morning.

We took our fuel cans and back packs to shore.  We had a nice lunch at their marina restaurant, despite the new waiter that messed up both of our orders.  They made it right for us and all was well. 

After eating, Dave filled our diesel jerry cans.  I walked to the Publix grocery store about 5 blocks away.  We had been here 2 years ago and had things figured out. 

We returned to the boat by late afternoon.  We made water and took showers.  Dave worked on outside projects to prepare for the passage.  And I worked on the inside.  He removed the Lehr outboard motor and secured the dinghy.  He ran jack lines to the bow to be able to link our harness to if we should have to go forward while at sea.  He secured the diesel jerry cans and tidied up the cockpit.

I tucked away loose items.  I prepared food for the passage.  We like to have a pasta salad with blah ingredients that won’t upset our stomachs.  So ham, celery, and carrots have worked well.   I also had meatloaf prepared for sandwiches.  It’s usually too rough to cook under way, but pulling something out of the refrigerator works OK.  We also keep a “goody bag” in the cock pit with us.  That has snacks for our convenience.  We have dried fruit, beef jerky, Nature Valley and Nutrigrain bars, and some sweets. 

By the time we hit the sack, we were feeling pretty good about leaving in the morning. 

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