Norman's Pond .... Still!!!

Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
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Trip End May 26, 2009


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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April 7, 2009 - Norman Pond
  
We are sitting here at anchor in 15' of water and it is blowing like crazy.  Winds are picking up 20-25 kts and we are very glad we're in this protected anchorage.  Any boats anchored with any western exposure are probably getting the shit beaten out of them.  We are rockin' but not uncomfortably.  Out there they probably can't stand up.   It is way too windy to use the dinghy - that is if the motor worked.  Dave needs to try to change the fuel to see if that is the problem.  Not today tho.
 
Winds continued to pick up in the afternoon with a steady 20-25 kts.  We spent the day lollying around inside the boat.  I finished one book and started a second.  Around 3PM I made biscuits.  Since the oven is small and the pans are small to fit, it took four pans to make the 12 biscuits.  They came out OK - kind of burnt on the bottom - had to lower the heat to get the tops to cook.  Since the oven was on and hot, I put in the meatloaf that I had bought at Winn Dixie in Miami.  It's Paula Dean's already cooked - just needed to heat it up.  Shredded some potatoes and onions and made potato pancakes and pan fried in coconut oil fresh broccoli.  We sat down to our feast around 5PM.  That killed about three hours!
 
As evening came, the winds were steady and the noise was also.  The wind was whistling through the rigging and the wind generator was going like crazy.  I was concerned with chafing and dragging - although we are the only boat in the pond.  All the other boats are outside in the south anchorage and there is one boat just inside the cut.  That boat has a 7' draft (owned by the French woman who rescued Dave) and that's as far as they went into the pond.
 
We went to bed around nine.  I was ready around 7:30 but figured I'd then be up at 4AM!  The boat was hobby horsing when it wasn't rocking side to side so I moved to the salon and gave Dave the whole v-berth to get his body right with the movement.  Woke up around 2AM to quiet and little boat movement.  The front had passed through and the winds had moderated to 15 kts.  I crawled back into the v-berth and slept like a baby.
 
April 8, 2009 - Norman Pond
 
It is a beautiful, brisk, cool morning with winds out of the north 6-8 kts.  It's 78 degrees in the boat where it usually stays around 80 (galley area).  Dave's project is to getting the dinghy engine working.
 
For lunch I fried up the remaining pizza from Dominos.  Dave threw his piece of crust overboard and a Black Fin Shark went after it!  That's when I discovered our  buddy.  Our little friend who was lurking under the boat swimming out occasionally to see what was going on.  He circled the boat checking everything out.  When Dave started the dinghy engine he scooted away but when the engine was off, he was back.  Later as the sun was setting he swam along side the boat - the sun glinted off his back as he skimmed on top of the water.

Dave finally did get the engine going.  Took him all day.  Changed out gas, cleaned the filter with many little springs inside the filter.  One jumped out, hit the engine cover that was off and sprung overboard (like it had a life of its own).  After reassembling a few times without the spring,  he pulled the starter rope and engine came to life!  Runs like a race horse now and idles OK too.    

 

     We explored the caves to the north end and the sandbar - particularly the one we spent the night on and then the next afternoon. 

The beaches are bleached white.  The caves hang over the crystal clear water.  It is too beautiful.  And we are still the only boat in this anchorage. 
 
Life is good!
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