(This post has been updated with pictures)
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.
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.
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.