Our plans for Cuba are now officially shelved until the end of the year!

Marcus had an email from our leasee at the restaurant and he flew back to Blighty for a fortnight to meet up with her re the sale of the restaurant. It was very strange being alone on the boat, but it gave me uninterrupted time to get some sewing projects started. As with any job on the boat space is the thing in least abundance, so having the luxury of being able to leave things out from day to day was a definite bonus.

I started with what I thought would be the easiest task; the water and diesel jerry cans. The sun has already started to degrade the plastic, so although they weren’t on my original ‘to do’ list, I decided they would be an easy shape to ‘pattern’ first.

Fuel Jerry can cover, belted to the side gate.

Fuel Jerry can cover, belted to the side gate.

Having cut my teeth on the cans, set about designing and cutting the small outboard engine cover, which had it’s moments and the cover wasn’t the only ‘blue’ on the boat!

The sweat shop.

The sweat shop.

 

Small outboard engine covered.

Small outboard engine covered.

 

As I said, it was a luxury to be able to work through, without having to clear away every evening. After my first two efforts, I moved onto my first attempt at setting a zip!!! No problem! The bike bag replaces a completely shot piece of black nylon that was hanging in shreds from my steadily rusting bike. I made it a little larger than my bike, which looks and rides like a child’s bike, in the hope that I may get something a little bigger in the future. At the moment, when we go cycling Marcus pedals serenely ahead of what must look like a demented woman, peddling like fury chasing him!

 

Bike bag completed!

Bike bag completed!

With Marcus’ return, we were ready to stock up and head north. We had been in Fort Lauderdale for 5 months and were beginning to feel like locals……we could help anyone with directions, times of buses and where the best food stores  and bars were to be found!

The time came at last to up anchor……not the easiest or cleanest job after being anchored in the same spot for 4 months. The newly repaired deck wash pump and hose came into its own and the barnacles and thick mud of middle river were vanquished! We made our way down to the fuel dock to load up with fuel and water and then set off out into the Atlantic again bound northwards for Brunswick. Friends of ours had told us about a marina that seemed just too good to be true…..free laundry, free wifi, a friendly clubhouse and free beer every evening! Guess whose decision it was to come here!!

If only all marinas were like this…..reasonably priced, especially if you stay for a month or more, with great facilities and even free bikes to ride into town!

Barbecue and seating area at the top of each of the docks.

Barbecue and seating area at the top of each of the docks.

 

Brunswick Landing club house.

Brunswick Landing club house.

 

Book swap and computers. Free laundry around the corner.

Book swap and computers. Free laundry around the corner.

Books are a very important part of a cruisers life. We tend to get through a couple a week at anchor and maybe double that when on passage.

Meeting room in the clubhouse.

Meeting room in the clubhouse.

We are so impressed with the set up here, that we have booked in for September and October when we think the worst of the hurricane season takes place at this latitude. We could have stopped further north to avoid even more chance of hurricanes, but the weather here is warmer in the winter and the beer is certainly an incentive!

We’re planning to leave tomorrow morning and sail up to Beaufort, just below Cape Hatteras, where we will meet up with our friends, Jim and Paula on White Gold…..hopefully in time to celebrate my birthday on Sunday.

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