Harbour Town Marina - Fort Pierce Fl
Phil, Di and Annelise
Tue 24 Mar 2015 12:42
A bright blue sky day beckoned us to get started on our tasks! But first a visit to the dockmaster to learn that the barge (sunk in the entrance/exit to the port) "may not" (??!!) have been lifted as yet - we will need to call on our day of departure to get clearance/assistance to leave!
Still, preparations to do - first the VHF ships radio - a nice new, upgraded RS90 - oh but part-way through - a problem the new radio uses a different system to recieve data from the ships instruments - I will need a converter! So, abort that task and re-pack the equipment - resorting back to the original radio which does at least transmit our lat/long if needed in an emergency.
Then to the windlass - a new handheld remote - another snag - that wasn't the only problem - the motor to haul the anchor chain in will still not turn! Some electrical troubleshooting did not reveal the problem - looks like we will have to strip the windlass down itself sometime - abort that task!
To the more mundane - a thorough check of the rigging - a few split rings needed (no problem - West Marine tomorrow), a trip up the mast - part way up - a snag - the topping lift sheet hauling me up (and my only way down) got "snagged" (yes a snag) in the winch! So I "hung around" 2/3 of the way up the mast whilst Di worked feverently to try to free it. No panic - more muscle needed - a helping hand from neighbouring sailors and the snag was freed - phew! Onwards up the mast - task finsihed - a success to end a somewhat frustrating day!
Well, a beer and dinner at the Habor Cove marina restaurant truly ended the day.
Decisions tomorrow on wether to leave or not - that is depending on the Coast Guards permission.... amazing.
Phil and Di