Because we got a late start leaving Vero Beach, there were limited options as to where to spend the night.
We decided to spend the night in the Atlantic Ocean. We are overnighting to either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami; depending how tired we are when the sun comes up tomorrow morning.
The wind is on the nose, so the headsail would do no good. The mainsail is going a good job stabilizing the boat in the 3 to 4 foot seas, that have about 10 seconds in between rolling waves.
The mechanic couldn’t get to us today. I wound-up trying my hand at diesel maintenance again. So far, I’m happy with the result. (I said that a week ago, when I thought I had it fixed. We’ll see.)
We left the mooring field for a second time at about 12:30pm Monday. We haven’t decided where we will spend the night tonight, yet.
We passed this vessel as we approached Ft. Piece Inlet. The name on the stern said “Pinta”.
We left the Vero mooring field this morning (Monday), only to have to return with a slipping alternator belt. The same issue I’ve been struggling with at every stop.
I changed the belt when we were anchored in Eau Galle. It performed well for six hours. I thought the problem was fixed.
We are back on the mooring. I realigned the belt. No joy. I finally called a mechanic. He will “try” to get to us this afternoon.
I took one last trip to the dinghy dock. I deposited the last of our trash before departing Vero tomorrow morning.
It was a good thing we took on fuel and water this morning. There is a big ass yacht spending the night on the fuel dock. No telling what time we would have had access to that dock tomorrow. I bet it wouldn’t be early.
This is our last night in Vero on the southbound leg of the trip. Several boats left this morning, so we were able to get our own mooring ball. We enjoyed rafting alongside John on SV Duchess, but it is nice to be our own private island again.
There are more than fifty mooring balls in the harbor. The ball we are on tonight is one of our favorites. It is one of three that give the best view of sunset.
By noon on Sunday we finished the laundry and brought Shibumi to the marina dock for fuel and water. Shibumi carries 100 gallons of diesel and 400 gallons of water. We put on 32 gallons of diesel today. I’m guessing we added 100 gallons of water.
After tanking up we picked-up our own mooring ball near the bridge.
Our plan is to rejoin the Intracoastal Waterway (southbound) at first light Monday morning.
We were first in the laundromat this morning.
Early Sunday morning. The sun was almost blinding as we approach the dinghy dock.
We took an afternoon dinghy ride through some of the back creeks around the mooring field in Vero. There isn’t much content, but the weather was to nice not to video it.
Music “Arcane” by Kevin Macleod.
It was perfect weather to go ashore and walk to the farmer’s market near the beach. It has been 12 days since we last bought fresh fruits and vegetables.
We walked to the beach for lunch. While walking back to the harbor we saw a sign pointing to Art Under The Oaks in Riverside Park.
While viewing Art Under The Oaks we literally walked-in into Linda and Ron, friends we cruised to the Exumas with many years ago. They have since sold their boat, WaterMusic, and live in beautiful Vero Beach. I’ve always loved that boat name, WaterMusic.
The fellow waving at me in the last scene is Ray Mclendon. He, his father, and his brother are three of the famous Florida Highwayman; painters who used to sell their work door to door and along Florida highways. Paintings that sold for $25 decades ago sell for thousands of dollars today.
I need some exercise. Maybe I should rent a kayak.