We made it to Florida
Trip Start Nov 10, 2010
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We all arrived in Ft Lauderdale where the boat had been docked since the spring at a friend Laila's house. She's been putting us up until the boat is in tip top shape and we are all set to sail. The past week has encompassed us painting, cleaning, organizing, tinkering with the motor/electronics, and all that stuff we have to get working before we find ourselves 300 miles from the nearest land
So today was our first real adventure. Our dinghy had just finished being patched and our new 2.5 hp dinghy motor was up and ready for a test run around the canals and harbors of Ft. Lauderdale. Before we left, I asked Pete if we should bring the oars or even a spare tank of gas fearing something might go wrong. "Only the beer," He replys.
So were off on our journey checking out all the mega yachts and trying to find a boat smaller than ours (not much success). A few yards after our turnaround point a good couple miles from Laila's. The motor dies. Yep, no more gas. No oars. We hand paddled our way to the closest dock and Pete and Becca walk back to the house leaving Nate and I to tend the boat. Its well after dark by the time Pete returns not with more gas but 2 paddles. We both paddle our way back through the maze of canals and return just in time for dinner.