Saturday, April 19, 2008

Easy Going

The Indian River
N 28 11.057 W 080 38.423

Thursday night we anchored near Malabar Road. My sister in law, Sally, came to pick us up and we went to her house to have dinner with her and my brother Ed. Sally is a great cook and she made a delicious dinner. We really enjoyed it. We invited them to come for a sail on Tarwathie on the Indian River.

Therefore, yesterday we only moved 4 miles up river to Melbourne. At dinner time, Ed and Sally met us on the Melbourne Causeway. We went out for a nice dinner cruise. As a special treat, Libby and I got out the spinnaker which we have not used since last summer in Champlain. It made for another lovely evening.

Today, we are headed north toward Cocoa. It is decision time for the choice between moving outside to the sea or remaining on the ICW. It appears that we'll have 4 consecutive days of little or no wind. That makes it likely that we'll stay on the ICW. We really hating being at sea with no wind. The waves rock you mercilessly, while there is not enough wind to stabilize the boat. The sails and the boom flog from side to side.

I also want to stop at that special hardware store in Cocoa. We also have a chore to do before sunset. Tarwathie is moving about 0.5 knots slower than normal as we motor. That's a 10% loss in speed. We need to go diving and scrub the hull and the propeller free of all growth. The water here is not nearly as nice as it was in the Bahamas, but what the heck.

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