Up early and finished getting the boat ready. Took showers, took the final trash up and collected our crew! Tim, Jim, Heather, Stan & Pam
So we know who is who, I made sure our hats included our names... or what I call them...
Timay, El Jefe, Heather, Stantheman & Spamela
What a crowd to send us off!We made lots of friends and a few family members late for work on Friday! Thanks for coming down, thanks for the hugs, wishes and gifts!
Here was the first glitch - the thorn in my side for the last few weeks...
They were running some pipes or something across the channel, so we had to wait about 10 minutes and make the friends on the beach even more late for work!
Had a smooth motor out to Anacapa light and went through a huge pod of dolphins! Then turned left and motor-sailed down to the backside of Catalina, where we saw three whales and more dolphins. We enjoyed Pam's pre-cooked meatloaf and Cherryl's famous potatoes! Then figured out our nightwatch schedule. Jim & Stan took the first 4 hours to try to get me (who caught a cold) some much needed sleep. Pam & Tim took the mid-watch from midnight to 4 am, then I took 4-5:30 / 6:00 when Jim joined me, then I went back to bed. We pulled into Marina Coral, fueled up and parked with the "Big Boys" around 11:30 am. About a 27 hour run, with a couple of slow-downs to pump out holding tanks and back off some kelp from our starboard saildrive.
And here we are!
This reminds me of Fort Lauderdale, as we are paying a lot of money (had to put us in a 64' slip) and are surrounded by large sportfishers and brand new Mikelson's. The Hotel / Marina does offer an indoor pool, jacuzzi, outdoor pool, ping pong, fusball, pool tables and a workout room.
So what more could we want?
Oh, we could use a 30 to 50 amp adaptor so we could have electricity on the boat. They do offer the adaptors for sale in the marine store here for $199.95. So we can either pay $199.95, steal one off of one of the $775,000 boats parked near us or run our generator. What do you think we will do? The generator is powering this computer as I type...
We are enjoying hanging out on the boat and watching the palm trees and flags blow. The wind has really picked up since we "parked". Once again an EXCELLENT weather call by Jim "El Jefe"!
I think I will go soak in one of the indoor jacuzzis for awhile and update you with our late afternoon activities at a later hour!
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