Well, we did it. Last Friday, we decided to go over to the marina if the weather forecast was good, and take the boat out for a spin. This would be the first time that the two of us have taken it out with nobody else on board to help with line handling or other chores.
The forecast said we should have a mostly sunny day, with winds of only 6 to 8 from the south. That would be ideal, so we decided to go for it.
As soon as we pulled into the marina parking lot, I saw flags standing straight out from masts and flagpoles. They don’t do that in 6 to 8 mph winds.
The wind was obviously stronger than forecast, but still not too bad, so we figured we might as well go ahead and take her out.
We spent a few minutes disconnecting from shore power and getting the generator started, then fired up the Detroits. Janet brought in the lines and pushed us away from the dock, and I put the boat in gear and moved out into the marina basin. There’s a dredge working in the basin, so we had to be careful not to get tangled with the pipeline floating behind the dredge. We made it past with no incident and moved out into the Halifax River, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Turning to the right, we were on our way south toward New Smyrna Beach.
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon on the water, and when we returned to the dock, one of the marina staff grabbed our lines and helped tie us up. Janet made us a nice lunch and we washed it down with a nice cold beer. Not a bad way to spend the day. Hoping to do it again next Friday.