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Jan 15, 201308:28 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

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At sunrise this morning, I was wondering when we would get a call from Key West Engine. At about 8 o'clock, I was looking for my phone when it started ringing. I had left it outside, and it took me a minute to find it. When I answered, Celeste was on the line and wondered if Steve could come and put our engines back together. Great! I pulled up the salon carpet and got the hatches open.

While I was waiting, one of the crewmembers on a neighboring boat asked if we had any rice. Triple Net is an 80-foot Hatteras Cockpit Motor Yacht just a few slips down. We had met one of the three crew onboard during our stay here, and Spanos Harding, one of them, was making a dish for later and ran out of rice. This was a favor we could easily comply with. I only had to ask if he wanted Minute Rice or regular.

Triple Net is going to the Bahamas and will be there at the same time as us. Spanos gave us his phone number and told us to call if we needed anything, and he also dispensed some good advice regarding our firearms when we go through Immigration. I had somewhat planned to check in at Gun Cay, and he said that was a good place to check in. They would probably go on to Nassau, but that distance is a bit ambitious for us. We want to ease into the island chain.

Sailboat races are being held in Key West this weekend, and The Galleon is starting to fill up with not only sailboats, but other large yachts. One very large one is anchored out in the harbor. Connie, another boat neighbor, called me out this morning to take a look. I took a picture of it. No, it's not the obvious one, but it's the large one framed by the mast and the forward doohicky on the boat centered in the photo. I am not a sailor.

The docks seem to stay full here at A & B. The owner never lowers his price in the offseason, preferring to "maintain the quality of the brand of A & B." It runs in opposition of the other marinas here in Key West Bight, but it must work. The marina is spotlessly clean, and the employees are "bend over backward" helpful. This place is on our list to spend the summer months, and maybe some fall ones, too, if we have any money left after we pay for our engine work and return from our planned trip to the Bahamas. But we never know, the next place we go may be the place we like the best.

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