Lift and splash…

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Windsong II at the Mariner Cay Marina in Port Salerno, Florida

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Finally, Windsong II is back in salt water. And the two salty dogs and their two salty owners are now living aboard.

The staff at Hinckley Marine lifted her up on Monday, moved her down to the water and gently “splashed” her.

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Windsong II on the travelift being lowered into the water or “splashed”.

 

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Leaving Hinckley Marine, where Windsong II has been well taken care of since we left her here last year.

We spent a bit of time at the dock putting on her jib and running up her diesel. When all checked out well, we motored out into the Manatee Pocket and brought her into a slip at Mariner’s Cay Marina.

Bob had adjusted the pitch of the propeller last week and he was pleased that this had improved the handling of the boat, so it was a smooth and uneventful trip.

Mariner’s Cay Marina is a small, quiet, pretty facility tucked into the Manatee Pocket, which is a safe harbour off the ocean at the St. Lucie Inlet. The Pocket is home to a large fishing fleet. Shrimp, herring, tuna, pompano, mahi mahi…you name it…they fish it.

We have met our dockmates and look forward to getting to know them better. One couple are from Michigan with a two-year old poodle and the others are full-time cruisers with an older dog.

The two salty dogs feel very welcome here as this is a super dog-friendly place. The amenities are nice and handy and we have full use of the two swimming pools.

We are busy stowing our gear and it is amazing how this boat swallows it all up. We still have to put on our mainsail but it’s too windy today, so that will have to wait.

So far, the wifi is working well, so let’s hope that keeps up!

More soon…

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