Tag: Bimini Basin
May 26, 2009. Dinghy has been stolen which forces us to return too Bimini Basin (Cape Coral, Fl) to start the search again. Having a 5.5′ draft makes it pretty difficult to pull in for supplies and to enjoy the islands we plan to visit. Motoring. Departed Picnic Island (Sanibel, Fl) ~11am. Engine cranked right up. No problems. Steven pulled the anchor. Best pull yet. Took less than 5 minutes to haul in the anchor/mooring ball and get the boat turned around towards the ICW. Winds ~6-8kts. Making 5.3kts with the wind blowing over starboard. Throttled down to 5kts due to engine blowing black smoke. Guess 5.3 in this wind is too much for our jumpy 27hp diesel. Bumped 5.9kts after turning NE. On a side note: Thanks, Joyful Spirit, for hogging the ICW and cutting us off. Anchored at Bimini Basin ~12:45pm. You can make great time when the wind decides to be helpful. A warm welcome from Tony aboard Miss Cindy.
Steven and Tony are applying silicone to the deck holes and cracks. A temp fix but we can look a little less gypsy without so many tarps.
Starboard lifelines are up. Now, I can properly attach myself to the boat. Minimizing man overboard opportunities.
I wrote a nice long post but my phone ate it so this’ll be short.
A fishing boat apparently broke loose in the little blow we had this evening and followed the wind and tidal current right into our area. Anchor chain to be specific. Nothing violent and no apparent damage. The weather is gone now so we’ll check things out further tomorrow.