We were excited to also connect with Dick Owens, a longtime friend of Norm’s family. He stopped by for a visit Monday morning. Dick has been a professional captain for years and regaled us with entertaining stories. He has cruised the Florida waters for years and lives in Boca Raton, so was very helpful with cruising tips. Unfortunately, he and his wife could not join us for cocktails and dinner. Hopefully, we'll connect again while we are in FL waters.
This morning we cruised by Ft. Lauderdale, home of the mega-yacht, cruise-ship alley and several floating snack shacks. Some really, really big boats are here including the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Lower left you can see Tide Hiker next to an inbound container ship.
Friends Cindy and Steve will be boarding one of the yachts on Saturday for a Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll miss one another. We will be anchored in Biscayne Bay and wanted to get a car to meet them Friday night in Ft. Lauderdale, but the anchorage is a state park that closes at dusk, so we wouldn’t be able to get back to the boat. Darn – it would have been great to see them.
On Monday, we got a new upgraded parts for our Crap-o-Matic installed. OK, OK, it’s an Electroscan, but Crap-o-Matic is sooo much more fun to say and way more descriptive. It’s our waste processing system that purees and purifies sewage water and sends it overboard. (That may be more than you wanted to know.) We named it after Dan Akroyd’s Bass-o-Matic from Saturday Night Live. (If you haven’t seen this classic comedy skit, check it out on YouTube and you’ll get the idea of how the Crap-o-Matic works.) Anyway, it really needed to be fixed – to say that the old one was unreliable would be a compliment. Norm had many other favorite words to describe it! This upgraded version is a new and improved model that has been out in the market for 8 months with no problems. And, so far, it’s working like a charm.