No going against the weather gods. We have come as far east as we can go, Carabelle, before the next stage of crossing the Gulf of Mexico to reach Florida’s West Coast. At Bushranger’s speed of 8 miles per hour this crossing will take about 22 hours. This will mean half the journey will be done during the night 😬.
We are being cautious. Just this week a boat turned back after 4 hours pounding into 4 foot waves. The damage to the interior of the boat was incredible. We will wait until Thursday, when tides, wind and sea state are forecast to be the most suitable for a slow boat. Hopefully by then Exhale will join us for the crossing: two buddies looking out for each other. Some boats attempt it solo – which is crazy.
Carabelle was hit by Hurricane Michael and the devastation is everywhere. Of the three marinas only one, The Moorings, is accepting transients. The Moorings has 170 berths (slips) and all are damaged. They are only able to accommodate 20 boats at a time with limited facilities. How lucky are we to be able to tie up to a dock which has been hastily repaired with electicity and water! Others have not been so fortunate. The turnover of boats is ongoing. Fast and large boats tend to only stay one night before heading off to the West Coast. Small boats and sail boats have longer stays of 3-4 nights, waiting for the elusive weather window.
For the next couple of days we will lavish Bushranger with TLC, coaxing her ever onward.
Such is Life!