Sitting Pretty On The Dock

(This post has been updated with pictures)

IMG_2730IMG_2744 Mike and Lucy at helm leaving Savannah

P1150070 healing under sailP1150071 Mike sleeping underwayP1150073 Sunrise on watch

We sailed for several days and nights to get Aquila from Savannah, GA to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It was actually a fantastic sail with great wind on the beam. After a couple of days of great wind, things got kind of ugly on the ocean, so we ducked into the Intercoastal Waterway and spent the final day and night motoring down the ICW and dealing with all those dang bridges! We are too tall to clear the bridges, so we are required to radio ahead and request a bridge opening. Many of the bridges are on a schedule, so we had to wait for the scheduled bridge opening to continue our voyage. It was tedious, but better than being out in the Atlantic Ocean at that time.

P1150076 Linda at helm entering ICW at St LucieIMG_2747 Mike and Lucy cruising the ICW

We arrived at our dock and secured Aquila in her new temporary home. After a couple of weeks of boat projects (and one fun outing to the Miami Boat Show to meet up with our good friends, Mary and Larry Ivins), we are now officially moved back into the Bear and will continue our RV travels up the East Coast. Aquila is berthed in Hollywood, FL (near Ft. Lauderdale) on the Intercoastal Waterway. She is all dressed up with nowhere to go. She is lonely and sad. Somebody needs to buy this beautiful yacht and give her a new home! It is kinda sad to just leave her there.

IMG_2802 Aquila at dock with covers

We’re hitting the road tomorrow (Tues, Mar. 5) and heading North. We plan to visit a few of our East Coast friends and I know that will really lift my spirits. I love the Bear, but leaving Aquila, for possibly the last time ever, is disorienting in a way.

2 thoughts on “Sitting Pretty On The Dock

  1. Hi,

    We sure are looking forward to you getting the pictures up and running again on your blog! Maybe, now that Aquila has been taken care of, you will have a little more time on your hands. Patti just came back from a trip to Atlanta… her sister’s daughter’s husband died and she went for the funeral. I held down the fort at home. My choice! Not big on funerals! Though would much prefer going to someone else’s than my own!

    Once again, you guys are living right. Did you see the article in USA Today that says Motor Home sales have skyrocketed (along with cost) and that this is (always) the first sign that the economy is on the mend. Although no one is beating a path to our door with offers to buy! Looks like you will have lots more company on the roads!

    No second thoughts on Aquila? It is not too late to put the “Bear” on the market (could mean selling for a profit, with the Motor Home serge), move back to the boat… and sail back to the BVI’s! J

    All’s well here. We miss you guys. Keep in touch, Frank

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