After our Daring Rescue at Sea, we spent the night at West End in Grand Bahama and left the next morning for our Gulf Stream crossing to Lake Worth (Riviera Beach) Florida with the help of George and Deb. The crossing was uneventful and we arrived in the late afternoon. We cleared customs but had to meet with officials the next morning so we anchored in Lake Worth and enjoyed a peaceful evening. First thing in the morning we took the dinghy in and walked to the office – spent a little time smiling at the officers and then we were officially welcomed back to the USSA! Yay!
Took off right away for Stuart and, after almost losing George off the bow with some rugged waves in the entrance we had an almost boring trip to Stuart. Almost. Coming in through the Saint Lucie Inlet was a breeze – except that it has shoaled and so, some of the markers have been moved, making the navigation difficult. We smugly glided past the offset markers when… thunk… we hit the bottom. NO PROBLEM! We will simply navigate off – but which way? Some thought south, others north and in the end after several fits and starts we finally bounced back into the navigable channel and on into Stuart. George and Deb left us there (in Stuart, that is, not in the middle of the channel) and headed off for an adventure of their own in Florida.
|Four bridges and a lock to transit.
We need 52 feet - clearance was 56 - lots of room!
We had a good night’s rest Sunday night and then on Monday, took down the sails, the canvas, the solar panels, changed the engine oil, the generator oil, wiped down all the woodwork with vinegar and water and did loads of laundry. While Pam did all this Glen talked to the yard service manager about potential work on the boat, visited with the locals and watched TV. On Tuesday, we unloaded stuff to come home into our rental car, took the cushions into Stuart to be recovered and then headed north to Orlando for our flight home.