Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Needs New Fuel Tanks

Once we finally took ownership of VIRIDIAN she had to be sailed from the marina in the Manatee River, across Tampa Bay and into Salt Creek to Embree Marine.  We rigged up a navigation station using an ipad with free seaIQ nav software, mounted it to a make shift support on the fly bridge, rigged a power cable and plotted our course.  This was the first time we had sailed our boat with just the two of us aboard.  The weather was perfect and we had our charts and electronic nav station and an appointment at Embree Marine.  I can remember the feeling when Meg threw off the last line and VIRIDIAN was in my hands - "High-Anxiety".  We idled out of Rivera Dunes Marina, into the Manatee River and headed due West into Tampa Bay.  Three hours later we arrived at the mouth of Salt Creek where the Coast Guard Auxiliary Station is.  Salt Creek wound around and got really narrow as we approached the dock at Embree.   I pulled VIRIDIAN along the dock wall and two deck hands were there to help tie off.

That's the news and here's the views:

We are here:

Today's Route from Riviera Dunes Marina to Embree Marine

 Meg preparing for departure

Leaving Manatee River

Crossing Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Bridge

If I had hair I could feel the wind blowing through it too!

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