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Dredging Bill becomes Law

klaxonstrong“President Obama signed bipartisan legislation this week acknowledging that recreational boating is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy, according to BoatUS, which said it will work to implement the law.” Read more at:

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Up, Up and Await

LoggerheadSo why are we still here in Vero Beach?

Well even if we were completely free agents, the wind hasn’t been particularly good for crossing to the Bahamas. Even long-time weather routers have commented on it. We have had friends sickened and seriously injured out there in the last few weeks. Unfavorable wind directions have dominated, and several otherwise good wind days have been problems because of lingering northerly swells. The forecast is for more of the same.

But we haven’t been completely free agents. The bureaucratic SNAFU associated with my Medicare card was resolved yesterday after 74 days. Dealing with the USAF won’t be complete until this coming Monday. It has been a game of tetherball with me as the ball. This week they added injury to insult, but nuff said.

Since we had all this time on our hands we have gotten to know the area well enough we have decided we want to know more. Plus after leaving my sail-making sewing machine in Brunswick, I had three jobs come up for which it is needed. So we are going to retrieve all that we have stored in Maryland and in Georgia including our car and put it in storage here.

And since we had all this time on our hands, but didn’t know when time would be up, we decided to install some stuff to make cruising easier and more enjoyable. The Lavac, I blogged about. Over the next few days we will be amping up our satphone with a high power fixed antenna and adding satellite TV, and finalizing a few things that have been in trial mode for a (long) while. Oh yes, and there is the teak.

The good news is our insurance company is now allowing us to stay in Florida through hurricane season. Much of their willingness was tied to the virtually land locked marina 10 and 15 miles from the nearest inlets — and more money and our assumption of more of the risk.

For those ahead of us, we are on our way, soon.

We think…

LED There Be Light?

byebyebebiThroughout this site, and over the years, we have promoted Bebi-Electronics — especially their 18 LED Beka Kaukaua  anchor light.  We liked it because it was a superb anchor light that also illuminated the deck, making the extent of the boat easier to determine.

Sadly, politics in Fiji have driven them out of business. We haven’t needed a new light (they were so well  made), but the The FrankenBebiTM Project appears to be well on its way to creating a successor light based on improvements in the same design principles.

Soldier Clouds

Soldier CloudsClick pic for full effect. Our mast is the tallest. These ranks of soldier clouds are marching over us (SW-NE) at Loggerhead Marina in Vero Beach as a polar air mass sinks to the SE. We expect wind chills in the high 20s tonight and highs in the 80s by the weekend. We are stuck here (in a very nice place) until the government can get a paperwork SNAFU sorted out.

Anchoring in Florida — A Survey

This from the SSCA Forum.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife is looking for input from cruisers on it’s Mooring and Anchoring Pilot Program. If you think it’s important, you can go to the link here, http://www.myfwc.com/anchoringsurvey and complete the survey. The program is due to expire in July 2014 and the results of the survey may make a difference in any future legislation.”

The Collector

The Collector

We have only used the mooring field in St. Augustine, and twice was enough, Now we skip the town altogether and anchor north in the Tolomato and south in the Matanzas. I suppose the city losing our considerable semi-annual provisioning business was a small price to pay for getting rid of the derelicts who spent nothing.

BoatUS LInkFlorida had all the laws it needed to deal with derelicts and dischargers, and Federal law was clear on unlawfully restricting navigation. Now that municipalities are making money off the mooring fields that resulted from the Pilot Program, based on our experience, it is unlikely they will reduce their field sizes to allow for safe and comfortable anchoring near shore.

Having said that, we are also somewhat pleased that this unfavorable change drove us to look harder at the charts and guides, and not just near St. Augustine. We now find it possible to make it from Brunswick to Fort Pierce with only one marina stop required (though we usually make two). From Fort  Pierce, we now sail offshore to West Palm and then from there to Port Everglades where we anchor in a previously one night anchoring only basin to wait for good weather for the crossing to West End. We still have to make a provisioning stop somewhere in there, but at least it’s not in a town that doesn’t want us there unless we pay for an uncomfortable, if not unsafe, parking space — which is what the whole program seems to have been about.