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Dec 20, 201201:53 PM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

A Few Days In "The Black Hole"

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Last Saturday, we took the dinghy out and scouted the beach over on Sombrero Key. We took two turns around Boot Key in the process and wound up over at Lazy Days at the Marathon Marina. We had a few beers at the bar and met a nice couple from Ohio, down here on vacation. The picture above was taken as we left, and it was very dark by the time we found ourselves back at the boat.

While we've been here, we've done laundry twice, made three trips to Home Depot and one trip to the Winn Dixie. The cart we bought earlier this year from West Marine came in handy when we hauled the groceries back to the dock.

The generator oil got changed, another attempt to fix our water leak was done, some barnacles have been scraped and some waxing was done, too. I changed the filters in two of the Racor fuel filters and used our new oil extractor to pull dirty fuel from the bottom of the bowls in the filter housings. Using the extractor to siphon fuel is not recommended by the manufacturer, but I saw no danger in it and found it to be a perfect way to extract the contaminants from the bottom of the filter bowls.

We went to a "presentation" on Tuesday night over at the tiki hut at the marina, given by Chuck and Susan from "Trawler Beach House." A few other boaters were in attendance, and we learned a few things and had some good conversations. We have a link to Chuck and Susan's blog on our home page.

We have started listening in on the "cruisers net" at 9 a.m. each morning, when boaters in the area chime in and trade information regarding the harbor, trades they may have or any other requests. It's a good way to network with the other boaters in the harbor.

Every day has included a dinghy ride, or a walking trip, keeping us busy. The sunsets with the sailboats in the foreground are just beautiful, as you can see in the above photo. We can understand the appeal of staying here in "the Black Hole" and becoming a part of this community. It's very interesting. I swear I saw Charles Manson getting water in his dinghy over at the marina, but I know better. There is a diverse group of boaters here, some on a shoestring and others more flush. We might fall somewhere in the middle, but are in the minority here, being power boaters and all.

I'm not impressed with this post, but thought I'd get you all up to date. Perhaps something more interesting will happen to us over the weekend and we can relay a good story. But we don't want it to be too interesting.

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