Fort Lauderdale was not on our cruising itinerary. Rather than go directly to the Bahamas from Miami after returning from my series of shifts in Lakeland, we were compelled to come to Ft. Lauderdale for some boat repairs. That meant spending one week in Ft. Lauderdale. The second week in Ft. Lauderdale was thrust upon us by our short-lived attempt at crossing the Straits of Florida a few days ago. We were forced to return to Bahia Mar for more repairs.
Except for the inconvenience and expense of the repairs, we’ve really enjoyed our time in Ft. Lauderdale. It is a beautiful city. It is also very expensive. It is not a place to cruise on a budget. We’re spending considerably more money here than we had anticipated over these two weeks. This irritates me somewhat, but I’m trying to be positive, relax, and enjoy being in this lovely area. (You can ask my wife how successful I am at that.)
After returning, Monday morning from our ill-fated crossing attempt, I arranged for the repairs, took a nap, and otherwise tried to recuperate from the stressful six-hour voyage. On Tuesday, we did some cleaning and paperwork. We also hung out at the pool for a little while and enjoyed near-record warmth before the arrival of a cold front and rain. Wednesday was a cold and dreary day in which we hibernated on Beatitude. We watched a couple of movies and just relaxed aboard.
Today, was a fun and busy day. We caught the morning Water Taxi next door to our marina and enjoyed a ride out on the ICW and New River. The massive multi-million dollar homes and even more expensive yachts are amazing. We passed the largest American-built yacht in the last 50 years which is only 280′ long and costs around $230,000,000 dollars. We passed homes whose property taxes cost (if the yearly total is divided by the hours in the year) $64.00/hour twenty-four hours a day. Wow!
We got off the water taxi in the downtown area and ran some errands before going to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a matinee presentation of the musical, Phantom of the Opera. It was a wonderful performance. The powerful ending was vividly portrayed with the Phantom being told it was not his face which was deformed, but his soul, and with the Phantom experiencing true kindness for the first time resulting in his freeing Christine and Raoul. We then took the water taxi back to Beatitude with a brief stop at 15th Street Fishery for some fish and chips.
Our sail is being repaired and will hopefully be reinstalled tomorrow. Beatitude’s bottom was cleaned today. It looks like the next weather window will be Monday or Tuesday. We hope we are ready to cross at that time.