Thanksgiving celebration with all of the other boaters, the break we had all been waiting for finally came. The gale force winds in the Gulf subsided, the waves returned to manageable levels, the rain stopped and the sun finally came back. On Friday morning there was a mass exodus as the parade of vessels made their way under the highrise bridge and out into St. George Sound. The faster boats quickly disappeared on the horizon and the more conservative boats stayed in the marked channel, avoiding any shortcuts. Beach House has never been known for rigidly following every channel unless there is no other choice. While some boats added miles by transiting all the way out the Apalachicola approach channel, we turned off and headed across the Bay, shaving several miles off the day's run. If there is enough depth for our draft, we will take any shortcut available.
Carrabelle and as a result, pass it by. We find there is plenty to do and everything we might need is close by and within easy walking distance. The IGA grocery is practically across the street from the marina as is the Ace Hardware and Auto Parts. The Post Office is a little more than a block away and there are several shops in the immediate area. One we especially like, the ice cream shop, also sells coffee and sandwiches. Everyone's favorite restaurant is the Fisherman's Wife. They have their own shrimp boat, making the shrimp and seafood fresh and tasty. The portions are so large we have begun to share a meal instead of each getting our own. You still never come away hungry. There are a couple of local pubs and the town has a launch ramp, town dock and fishing pier. The deck facing the water at C-Quarters is a popular meeting place in the afternoon for locals and boaters alike, to enjoy cocktails and sunsets and tell some tall tales. What's not to like?
Carrabelle. If the engine overheated on the way back, we knew BoatUS Towing was in Carrabelle and we have a membership with their towing service. The fog began to thicken as we once again transited the sound and visibility was soon down to less than a quarter mile. Using radar and our previous tracks on our chartplotter, the trip back to Carrabelle was uneventful. Once we entered the approach channel to the river and harbor, we announced our presence and position on the VHF. Soon Beach House was once again secure in the same slip that had been assigned to us for the last week. The real conundrum was that during the entire trip back, the engine showed no signs of overheating and coolant levels remained the same. The next few days will be spent checking the entire fresh water system for possible issues. Then we'll try again when the next weather window rolls around.
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