Oh my, we are thrilled to have Wild Horses back in the water. The work on the bow thruster tube seam was finished early last Friday morning. Rich at Daytona Marina & Boat Works did a stellar job of repairing the seam and sealing it to prevent any more water intrusion. We really appreciate all that Rich, David and the rest of the team in Daytona Beach did for us.
We were launched too late in the day on Friday to make our planned anchorage spot so we decided to spend the night at the Marina and to take off first thing on Saturday morning for Titusville. This is an easy anchorage right off the ICW - perfect for a quick one night stop over. Plus, it gave us a great view of the NASA rocket launch late afternoon on Saturday. It was too cloudy to see the launch clearly but we did get to hear the loud sonic boom! The other cool thing is that we were anchored beside a boat we knew from the Thousand Islands – “Parbleu”. Our sailing friends from Ottawa, Nick and Lynn, were the owners of Parbleu but sold it this past August to a couple from Trois Rivieres. It was great to chat with the new owners and to see Parbleu looking fabulous as she heads to the Bahamas. What a treat!
After Titusville, we continued south to Eau Gallie. This was another anchorage right off the ICW but it had easy access to shopping so we took the opportunity to not just stock up on groceries but we also decided to purchase a Honda 2200 portable generator. We haven’t been having power issues with the boat but we do like the idea of having a back up in case we are anchored for a long period of time with a serious string of cloudy days (where our solar can’t restore enough energy in our batteries). We found a Lowe’s that had the generator in stock but it was a good hour walk away. We love walking but carrying a 50 lb generator for an hour on our way back to the boat did not sound inviting. Enter Uber Pet! For just $14, we had an excellent drive back to our boat, with Ocean and our generator with us. Yes!
After Eau Gallie, we headed for Vero Beach. Our boat buddies, Sensai and Brise, are still 2 days ahead of us in Fort Worth so our original plan was to stay just one night at the Vero Beach anchorage and then to catch up with our buddies. But, with heavy rain in the forecast, we decided to stay an extra night. This also gave us a chance to do some shopping. There is an amazing Dive shop in walking distance of our anchorage and we loved the opportunity to finally pick up some wetsuits. Deep Six Dive Shop had everything we were looking for and more. We were able to pick up our wetsuits, a lobster snare, a fish knife and even our spear gun. Once we are in the Bahamas, this gear (plus lots of practice) will mean lots of fish and lobster dinners. Yum!!
But before we can fish in the Bahamas, we must wait. The weather doesn’t look good to cross the Gulf Stream for at least the next week so we will spend Christmas stateside, likely in Vero Beach. Yes, Vero Beach, that anchorage we were only going to stay in for one night. Now we are contemplating spending a week here. I guess that is why they call it “Velcro Beach”. That’s okay! We are in a lovely anchorage with access to a marina that lets us use its facilities (laundry, showers, dinghy dock), close to shopping and the ocean, and with good sailing friends that we have met along our journey. And we have lots of phone data to connect with family and friends back home 😊. Happy Holidays!!
Victoria is a hiker, dog-lover, blog writer and planner extraordinaire. Oh, yeah and she is kind of fond of living on a boat.