Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Weighing down Eximius

With all of our 'gotta do' projects complete, it's time to prep Eximius for our first real trip.

Sure, we have taken her out onto the Ocean a few times, at least out to the 3 mile limit to empty the holding tank, and we've joined up with other members of the HISC at Bahia Mar and Lake Sylvia, but it's time for a shake down cruise and to get comfortable with our boat. We need to get some water under the keel!

So the plan is to load up the boat on Friday afternoon/evening and return home. Then Saturday morning, head down to the boat, final loading and head away from the slip around high tide, about 8am.

We'll stay at Bahia Mar Saturday night, it's only an hour from our slip to the Marina, but it'll give us a chance to make the tides for the next part of the trip.

Bahia Mar is a great marina, right next to the beach and all the facilities. I expect to setup our temporary Air Conditioner to keep us cool overnight ready for an early start Sunday. Our goal is to get to Dinner Key around High Tide Sunday Afternoon. That way, our passage through the keys into Biscayne Bay will be on a rising tide, gives us a bit of leeway with our deep draft boat.

I hope to be able to post some videos of each leg of our trip, both to allow us to reflect on how things went and to practice blog videos.
See you on the Water!