Saturday, April 11, 2015

Titusville - at a dock with thunderstorms

The Gulf Stream is not far off the coast - clouds always build up over it 
The weather here seems to be getting into a summer pattern with thunderstorms in the afternoon. With that in mind, we'll do most of our traveling in the morning hours and find someplace to hunker down for the afternoon excitement. Florida has more lightning strikes than any other state, not a statistic I'm fond of.

Our diver - the local manatees love divers...
The Indian River Festival was rained out this afternoon so we have peace and quiet tonight. Nobody likes to stick around with lightning in the area. As for us, we did major provisioning today at the local Walmart. The prices run just about 1/2 of what you would pay at the local supermarket. Whether you like Walmart or not, it's more of "do you want to save money or not?" We opt for the latter positive.

We had been running about 0.3 to 0.5 kts slower than normal so I had a diver come today and he scraped the bottom (found barnacles, small ones, on the hull). I then took the dinghy and rowed over to the nearest dock and hauled it up and scraped the  bottom of it too. It wasn't bad, just a few barnacles here and there but they add up when it comes to making top speed. On the way north, we want to make the best time possible.

We will be here on Sunday and then we plan on continuing on north on Monday, aiming for Rockhouse Creek at anchor.