The numerous delays we’ve had have been annoying, but Mark has managed to finish up lots of small projects. Yesterday he installed LED lights in the cockpit which we can switch from white to blue. They give a nice ambiance to the sitting area and if we need more light we can lower the hanging lamp to see what we are doing on the table, such as playing Mexican Train. In this photo the hanging lamp is on a hook on the bimini where we keep it when we are sailing or the boat is rocking too much. We have two recessed lights in the roof and are going to add two more. One will go directly over the grill and the other will be centered between the two posts.
Yesterday, the Spectra service rep came and repaired our watermater. We needed a new pump and had paid for it to be shipped overnight from California. Mark could have installed it, but was unable to order it himself. Now we are ready to go and can leave during the next good weather window, which should be Monday or Tuesday.
Today we plan to do some last minute provisioning and celebrate by going out to lunch at one of the many restaurants in Coconut Grove. Most have outside seating which means we can take Sailor with us. We don’t quite trust him alone on the boat while we are out in the water. He stayed on the deck in Stuart at the dock for hours at a time when we were gone and never tried to get off the boat. However, he has discovered the thrill of dinghy rides and just might decide to dive in and swim after us if we leave without him. He doesn’t like to swim yet, but being with us in the dinghy might outweigh that fear until he is a little older. As you can see below, he is getting fairly bold. I suppose soon he’ll be using this window as a door since he can already get halfway in.
The sunsets are usually lovely in Miami, and last night’s was typical.
This morning dozens of sailboats are going out the channel onto Biscayne Bay for races. Sailor finds this interesting but prefers to view it from the comfort of his own deck.