So we're doing what we always do and make the best out of the situation we have. A long time ago we came to the realization that things happen for a reason and we should just accept that and wait for the outcome, which is usually for the best. We have decided to pretend that we have actually planned to spend 2 months here and do the cruising thing like everyone else. Our visit with friends delayed our departure for two weeks and then the need to replace the leaking water tank cost us another couple of weeks and then the winds came up and have not subsided for weeks. This isn't very uncommon for the Keys in the winter time but this will be the longest weather delay so far for us. Our previous record was 10 days. Every day flies by with chores, topping off the water tanks, shopping, visiting with friends and doing local stuff.
Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) and requires EACH crew member go to the website and fill out the application for participation. It's important that each person that will be on the boat when you return complete an application before you go to Customs. There is also a form to register the boat which must be completed. At the end of completing the form, you are asked to schedule an appointment. You can't just show up so be sure and make the appointment. A confirmation email is then sent to the email address you provide. Here is where things went a little wrong for us.
That was our excitement for the week. Once again, the forecast is for lighter winds starting on Tuesday, so we have paid up our mooring until Monday night. Since the forecasts are more often wrong than right, we will wait and see once we poke our bow out on Tuesday morning.We're asking all of our friends and followers to cross their fingers and toes for lighter winds so we can make a break for it and escape the Boot Key Harbor vortex.