Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sailing into Fort Lauderdale

It just feels weird sailing into Ft. Lauderdale from Seattle. I grew up just south of here, Kinda like coming home, but when you really didn’t want to. We motored overnight from Key West till about S. Miami. Then caught a strong southerly for a good sail into Port Everglades at Ft. Lauderdale. We sailed into the port with 18kts of wind. Went to start the new engine and drop the sails when it became obvious that the transmission lever was not connected to anything interesting. Took a quick look below, but it appears that the link is broken in the binnacle (wheel). There was a cruise ship exiting the port with 4 or 5 Coast Guard and police boats shooing the Memorial day crowd boats away. There was a Seatow boat right next him, so we hailed him and had him tow us into the anchorage at Lake Sylvia. 30 years of boating and never having been towed, and now it is just a regular thing. Definitely worth the $165 yearly insurance.
Its dumping down rain now, so won’t start the repair till tomorrow.


  1. Sea tow insurance dont leave home with out it!
    Still enjoying your adventures even though we live in a house now.

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  2. must be frustrating, mate. hope you stay safe and are back underway with good winds and a reliable alternative.