Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As we get ready to enter the Key West channel I snapped a picture of our Furuno Chart Plotter…we have traveled for 937 miles in 6 days.
As one of our crew said earlier in the trip…the fastest way to Key West is to turn toward Houston and take a plane.
We found that the radar and chart plotter were instrumental in taking the worry out of overnight sailing. We could even track rain storms by watching which direction they traveled and sail around them. The last time we sailed this course with our friend John Hromadka we had neither and it made that trip a lot more adrenaline intensive.
The moon was on a full cycle and came up an hour later each night. On the last night that David and I had the 8 PM to 12 AM and 4 AM to 8 AM watch (the hated one) we watched the moon rise for 15 to 20 minutes…it was beautiful.
Now that I have the internet available, I just read a ‘Google’ article about the differences between a dolphin and a porpoise and these were probably the former versus the latter.
Just for fun we were about 20 feet away from the fuel dock when we ran the boat aground…geeze! With the help of a wake from a power boat we were soon off and away.
I squirreled away about 10 cases of beer, V8 and Red Bull and all thanks to Marvin as it was he who came up with the idea to mount the table underneath the floor allowing easy access to the space.