Jan 25 – Jan 27, 2015
There is suppose to be a beach made up of beach glass on Old Yankee Cay (Pronounced KEY), so that was priority on Angie’s must see list. When arriving at the prime anchoring spot, we found that there were fishing boats all around , very shallow water behind us and a kicking current infront of us. We decided to move and tuck in behind on the back side of the larger island. We installed some chafe guards on our anchor bridle, had a nice dinghy ride to a beach loaded with dead sea grass and had a BEAUTIFUL sunset. We are glad we moved anchorages because it was a very windy and rocking night.
The next morning, we bailed on the glass beach excursion and hightailed it to Great Sale Cay to weather out the next round of storms. They were rolling in fast! It was hard to imagine, but the hull slamming was exponentially worse than our crossing of the Gulf Stream due to the wave direction and trying to power motor to our next location before the blow set in. Our trampoline untied itself and we had our first over 35 knot wind gusts and were very glad we had the windshield up when the rain started. While waiting out the weather, we ran the generator, watched a couple of movies, and transferred some fuel (we have only used 17 gallons of diesel since Ft Pierce, FL). The next day, the waves were kicking so we did not go to shore, but decided to completely rebuild our “New” Springfield helm chair from Defender that did not survive being in a marine environment. We installed it in April. Had it covered until just before we left. We just now have actually USED it at the start of our trip, and it was falling apart. There will be a very long write up in Boat Projects about this at some point. To summarize, we had a forest of mushrooms growing out of the seams and from between the delaminated sheets of plywood it was made with, once we tore into it, trying to figure out what was wrong with it. UNBELIEVABLE! This seat was not cheap. But, it is now completely rebuilt with PVC board for support, has breathing holes for moisture and Mark also built a storage box on the underside for helm items.
Mark installed the IKEA grey plastic deck boards for the cockpit area and I washed the boat with salt water, trying to get the first layer of boatyard dirt, bottom paint, and rust spots off the top side.
Uno Mas is going to need A LOT of TLC after the last 2 years of living in the yard. On a good note, the wind generator is kicking!