Sailing into Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 1 brought us full circle, as this is where we took ownership of Vinyasa three years ago.
Our mission: fix Vinyasa’s radar, plumb and wire the watermaker, and buy some final spare parts.
We reached out to Richard Jordan, the broker who helped us buy Vinyasa, who recommended Ivan Seago, a salty South African marine mechanic and captain who quickly resolved the radar issue. Getting the watermaker plumbed and wired with Allan’s assistance has spanned two days, a joint foray to McDonald Hardware for plumbing bits, and an ongoing quest to locate two high pressure couplings. Work will continue tomorrow.
Anchorage options in Fort Lauderdale are limited and finding a slip challenging. We’ve paid our highest dockage so far for our stay at Bahia Mar Marina, while trying to find a less expensive alternative. Whining aside, the convenience of being at a dock to procure parts for the watermaker project is worth the premium.
Sitting in the cockpit this afternoon, I was approached by a friendly, young French couple “traveling the world, looking for a boat headed to the Bahamas or the Caribbean” in need of crew, and might that match our plans?
I smiled, shook my head and wished them luck with their search.
I’d heard about people walking the docks in other countries seeking rides, but wasn’t expecting to be hit up in the U.S. Maybe my feelings will change with time, but I don’t feel comfortable going to sea on our boat with strangers!
If we can wrap up our projects by Monday and the weather cooperates, we might have a brief window for crossing to the Bahamas on Tuesday.
This time of year, weeks can pass between windows, so look for more about our getting to our first foreign country – or further exploring Florida’s waters in our next post.