Keeping busy in Ft Pierce

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Tue 2 Mar 2010 15:17
Keeping busy in Fort Pierce, Florida
We have been in the USA for just over a month now.. still waiting for the new propellers, which will hopefully arrive as promised later next week.
After our visit to the gulf coast we returned to Fort Pierce, where our friends were kind enough to loan us their empty house next door. Although largely unfurnished we have the basics, and are very grateful to stay here rather than in a hotel. These houses are on the waterway, with docks outside each one, very convenient for any boater!  The weather has been absolutely miserable with temperatures regularly dropping down to below 10deg, very unusual for Florida - but we have had one or two spectacular sunsets.
To keep busy and to "pay the rent", Mike is helping Doug renovate his boat, Isla Mia. They are busy from early in the morning until sunset, chopping, grinding, sanding, hammering, cutting etc, etc. Much to Terry's delight, Mike built some new cupboards in the galley, and it is looking very smart. This week they have ripped out all the supports and floorboards in the forepeak and are rebuilding it. Next on the list is the making of a new bed... and so on!  Mike is a wizard at carpentry and Doug is thrilled to have his expertise and help. I have been assisting a bit too, and become a demon with blue masking tape and a sanding machine, while renovating the wooden window frames.
After the failure of the last anti-fouling paint, Interlux finally gave us new paint, and the yard has been busy re-painting the bottom. Indigo is now looking very neat again. This week I will start with the re-provisioning of our dry goods and tidying the boat as best we can without water, so that when we finally do "splash" we will be able to leave for the Bahamas fairly quickly.  ...FINGERS CROSSED!