We had to wait an extra day for the winds to calm down and that meant we could shop a bit more and fill up every nook and cranny on the boat, including the end of our bunks.
Dave helped Jacqueline tape up the bimini struts so they wouldn't vibrate while Heinz taped up the windows so that water couldn't come inside if the seas were rough (we think that's the reason why we had such a smooth crossing...if you prepare you probably won't need it!).
Heading out towards St. Lucie Inlet and the tide was extra high because of the new moon.
Captain Heinz had to go cautiously because of the dredging operation.
Out the inlet and it's time to get up on a plane with the twin Caterpiller 732 cubic inch 660 h.p. each engines!
For a time the seas were between 2-5 feet in the Gulf Stream and occasionally we would hit a wave that slightly slowed the boat down and sent up a huge spume of water and spray.
As we got closer to the edge of the Bahamas Banks the seas became calmer and calmer. Eventually we lost the horizon as the ocean and sky became one.
We easily found Memory Rock, literally out in the middle of nowhere, which marked the beginning of the shallow banks and eventually the Sea of Abaco. It only took 3 hours to cover the distance from Stuart to this point! What a concept!
Dave stands watch at the helm for a little while.
We passed this large yacht towing a skiff on a very long towline.
The trusty captain and crew...
If you don't believe me, check out the GPS plotter...
As we all headed to bed early, we just kept saying "We're here, we're here!"