Day 6 (July 30): The Return Home

This morning, we arose and ate our cereal while awaiting the pump out boat from Marina Jack to make its rounds. “Pumping out “ is one of those “It has to be done” kinds of duties when living aboard a boat. We have a pump out at our slip in our marina, but it is a little bit of a chore hauling the hose down the dock, hooking everything up, pumping out, and putting it all away. That’s why is was well worthwhile to wait an hour or so for the pump out boat to pull along side and attach his hose to our holding tank. Quick and easy!

Christy - Sarasota Mooring Field

Christy – Sarasota Mooring Field

Around 10 am, we dropped our mooring ball and headed under the Ringling Causeway and up the ICW toward our home marina. Things went wonderfully, and the day was just as beautiful as the preceding ones.

Cindy having taken us beneath the Ringling Bridge

Cindy having taken us beneath the Ringling Bridge

I attempted to make a time lapse video of our entire journey, but my camera must not have been fully charged. It went dead after taking a little over eighty pictures (spaced 60 seconds apart). So, instead of getting to travel up the ICW with us, the following video will allow you to cross Sarasota Bay with us. The camera is mounted about head high in front of the mast.

Thankfully, we’ve had little go wrong on this trip. But, about an hour before reaching the marina, my port engine alarm went off. It was overheating. First thought… Is the cooling water exiting the side of the boat as expected? Yes. Second thought… I’d better shut off the engine and let it cool. Third thought…. Please, please, please let it start back up when I get to the marina. I’ve just gotten comfortable maneuvering and docking Beatitude with both engines. I’m not ready to try it with one! Fortunately, it did start right back up, and we backed into our slip and secured the lines without incident. Now, that I’ve had a chance to think about it, I was probably running the port engine a little to hard for too long. Normally, I motor with only one engine or the other running at between 2000-2500 RPM. For some crazy reason, I had the engine running at 2800 RPM for a while. I’m hoping this is all it was. I’ll have to have someone check it out for me.

Approaching Regatta Pointe

Approaching Regatta Pointe

After Beatitude was secured, we had lunch/dinner at the marina restaurant, Riverhouse Reef and Grill. We then gave our vessel the most thorough cleaning she has had in a while. She needed it.

The first mate swabbing the deck

The first mate swabbing the deck

The Captain Cleaning

The Captain Cleaning

Unfortunately, as we concluded cleaning, I stepped out onto the port trampoline to snap our cushions in place. Suddenly, there was a great ripping noise as the trampoline gave way. A gaping hole opened up into the worn rope and down I went. Thankfully, not all the way into the water, but down and onto the remainder of the trampoline. We knew our trampolines would need to be replaced fairly soon when we bought Beatitude. Seven years of hot, blazing sun with the rest of the environmental stresses take their toll. Fortunately, I ordered replacements over a week ago and they should be in in a couple of weeks.

My near descent into the marina waters through the trampoline

My near descent into the marina waters through the trampoline

It’s all over now. Six wonderful days cruising the southwest coast of Florida. We had a great time! Cindy and I were at first worried how Christy would hold up on such a trip. In fact, up until the day before there was still discussion about not doing it. Everyone is glad that we did. Christy did great and seemed to enjoy it all. She now heads home tomorrow. Our trip flew by. (And I think my arms and legs served as the sole source of nourishment for all the mosquitos from Sanibel to Bradenton! Aaaagh, I’m itchy!)

We now feel a little more like cruisers and not just live-aboards. There are many people who just enjoy living aboard a boat and don’t really go very far if anywhere. That is not our goal. We’ve been living aboard for seven months now, but have never been away from Regatta Pointe for more than one night at a time. This trip whetted our appetite for the fulfillment of our future plans. A little over 17 months and we will become essentially full-time cruisers. Based on our experiences this week, we are very excited about it.

A Fitting Sunset at the Conclusion of our Adventure

A Fitting Sunset at the Conclusion of our Adventure

6 thoughts on “Day 6 (July 30): The Return Home

  1. The video is cool…like time released and the music is perfect! Does life get any sweeter than this?? Congrats on a successful trip 🙂

  2. Dear Doctor,
    I very much enjoyed your pictures and long for the sea. It is not our time yet to buy a vessel, but as Karen knows, a runabout will docked behind our condo someday and, during retirement, god willing, a boat large enough for the great circle tour and the Carribean will be a place to put our heads at night. Thank you again for the great pictures.

    Ron Oldano

    Your port engine should not have overheaded at 2800 RPM. Have a mechanic check all pump impelers, antifreeze level (if the engine is fresh water cooled) heat exchanger and filters. Good luck.

    • Hi Ron, That’s wonderful about your future boat plans. We are loving it so far!

      Thanks for the engine advice as well. I just had a diesel guy over yesterday and he said pretty much the same thing. He changed the impeller (which wasn’t bad at all) and flushed out the raw water system (including heat exchanger). He didn’t find anything horrible except that the raw water is not flowing in through the through-hull as fast as he would expect. I’m gonna have a diver go down next week and see if there are any barnacles, etc. clogging things up. We’re taking it out again today, so we’ll see what happens.

  3. Hello Captain Barry and Cindy – Wow! What a great time you had with Christy aboard! By all accounts, including the fab photos of you three, plus amazing scenery- your voyage was just wonderful! Clearly, many blessings did abound! Thank God.So glad for you. Notice is hereby served for a re-match for a round of Ten-Down card game (right Cindy?) LOL! Please keep those sunsets snapped up. Serenity itself. Memories…..Godspeed. Love, Heather

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