If at First…

Tomorrow morning, we try again. Having been thwarted by ripped-out mainsail halyards and prop-wrapped dock lines one week ago, we will leave Bahia Mar around 3 a.m. hoping to make landfall at West End, Bahamas, tomorrow afternoon.

Chillin' at the pool

Chillin’ at the pool

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This last week has held 2 or 3 days of miserable cloudy, windy, rainy weather mixed with a few days of record highs (like today). We’ve enjoyed a few afternoons sitting by the pool. But most importantly, we have repaired our sail and lazyjacks. Once again, we are excited to attempt a journey across the Straits of Florida and the Gulf Stream.

A picture taken from atop the mast looking out over the Atlantic.  I was up there again to retrieve the main halyard which ripped out of the mainsail.

A picture taken from atop the mast looking out over the Atlantic. I was up there again to retrieve the main halyard which ripped out of the mainsail.

Wind, rain, and clouds.

Wind, rain, and clouds.

Our improvised repair of our lazy jack.  The loop seen above ripped, so we made a whole through the stack pack itself and put the lazy jack line through that whole beneath the batten.

Our improvised repair of our lazy jack. The loop seen above ripped, so we made a whole through the stack pack itself and put the lazy jack line through that whole beneath the batten.

Our repaired and reattached main halyard.  A new Harken attachment plate placed where only a ring was before.  This distributes the pull on the sail much more efficiently.

Our repaired and reattached main halyard. A new Harken attachment plate placed where only a ring was before. This distributes the pull on the sail much more efficiently.

All done with repairs!

All done with repairs!

I've made bread several times this week.  Here is the latest loaf.

I’ve made bread several times this week. Here is the latest loaf.

Today, we officially named our dinghy. Our dinghy has been christened Dalí. Cindy hand-drew and cut out Dalí signatures and mustache out of black adhesive to label our small boat. Hopefully, we will not be arrested for violating a copyright of Dalí’s signature or anything. We’re very happy with how it turned out. Why the name “Dalí?” Salvador Dalí is perhaps the best known surrealist painter. We actually love Dalí’s work and have been to his museums in St. Petersburg, FL, Figures, Spain, and Paris, France. What really inspired us, though, to name the dinghy Dalí is that this whole experience of living and cruising on a sailboat is a little dreamlike, a little surreal. One of these days we will awaken from this dream, but we hope to fully enjoy it until that happens.

Cindy, cutting out the Dalí signatures.

Cindy, cutting out the Dalí signatures.

Cindy sustained rope burns when the line to lower the dinghy got away from her.

Cindy sustained rope burns when the line to lower the dinghy got away from her.

A Dali mustache graces the front of the dinghy.

A Dali mustache graces the front of the dinghy.

Putting on the finishing touches of the signature.

Putting on the finishing touches of the signature.

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Hopefully the next post will be from the Bahamas!

Cindy met a wonderful friend, Georgie, while riding the water taxi earlier this week.  We've seen her several times since.  This is one of the pleasures of cruising.

Cindy met a wonderful friend, Georgie, while riding the water taxi earlier this week. We’ve seen her several times since. This is one of the pleasures of cruising.

7 thoughts on “If at First…

  1. Love the mustache & signature! Cute! Glad everything is done and you’ll be on your way., Safe travels & hopefully I’ll meet you guys tomorrow! Ily

  2. Well well well the sailors are leaving good old FTL. Know the area well lived there for 40+ years. Just too bad the weather wasn’t better but the city is great and full of fun and food. Hope the trip to West End works out well. Love you guys. In Christ +

  3. Always enjoy your updates. Please keep them coming. As you set sail again, I know our loving, caring God goes before you. Sorry for the rope burns but what great sailors you are. Fixing the problems and c I learn some of the lingo as I read your posts. Such memorable adventures. Happy you have this time to do what you enjoy together. Have a wonderful birthday Cindy. Hugs to you both.

  4. I’m thinking about you right now. It’s raining cats and dogs here in Lakeland. I’m hoping it’s better here you are and your trip to West End will be a pleasant one !! Happy Birthday to you and your sister, your hand made me cringe. Can’t wait to here more.

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