A Week in Pompano Beach - Wicked!

Trip Start Jan 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 14, 2010

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Sands Harbour Marina, Masquerade II

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Wind chill advisories and gale warnings - that’s the story of the weather in southern Florida right now. I can’t believe we’ve been in Pompano Beach a week already waiting for better weather to start our trek north. At least it has given me time to do some trip planning - looking at reasonable chunks of distance and probable destinations in order to reach the Savannah area by early April. Now only the temps and winds have to cooperate.

Today we’re hunkered down waiting for a storm that may have thunder, tornadoes etc. - not nice at all! Instead of the cold fronts coming through every 7 days or so we’re now looking at periods of every two to three days and we’re definitely below average temperature-wise day and night. Since our forward cabin heater needs replacing (we’ve determined the bearings are shot) Richard has been working on the reverse air conditioning in that cabin since it also seems to have gotten plugged at the intake - not surprising if you knew how much junk there is in the water around the boat. At least the rain they’re predicting should give us a chance to test Richard’s re-sealing of the front window in order to stop a leak that was making its way into our head. It also means he has managed to replace the transom water intake that I broke earlier this trip as well as replace the electric head pump in our cabin with a manual one - sorry Vicki!! Believe it or not the manual pump is quieter too!! I really think not being able to flush the toilet at night is an extreme example of the disadvantages of being a “power” boat!!

Yesterday we took advantage of Burns’ kind offer to drive to Miami and visited the Miami International Boat Show - for the second year in a row. Based on our collective experience we elected to take the shuttle from one of the more remote parking areas. That turned out to be a mistake this year as it took us two hours to get to the Convention Centre limiting our time at the show on the most expensive day to six hours. If you’ve visited the show you know that’s not nearly enough time to do it justice! For some reason the shuttles were not working properly and Collins Avenue, the site of the Brokerage Show, was limited due to construction in addition to the normal boat show lane restrictions. When we finally made it on a shuttle Richard navigated a different route for our driver from the one he was supposed to take. The latter would have meant further delays!

While Burns visited some other boating friends, we “did” the Convention Centre. We ran out of time to make it to any of the boats in the water but it is a much reduced area this year and amalgamates both power and sail in one location. We did visit Meridian 44 and 54 foot boats (the replacement for large Bayliners) as they were inside the Convention Centre. I fell in love with the galley on the 54 as it had stolen an idea from the Lagoon catamarans and had a window/wall that lowered between the galley and cockpit - really enlarging the galley on a good day and letting the cook be part of the action in the cockpit. All the materials and finishes on the new boats are also really nice - lovely woods, nicer carpets where laid, counter top materials etc. Richard managed to talk to/with lots of engine, electrical and generally mechanical expertise and we picked up one of our requisite cruising guides at 20% off, a folding teak table for the cockpit and fly bridge and six glasses (from New Zealand no less) for the “Masquerade II” logo. All in all it was a successful afternoon and we were all bone tired getting back to “Masquerade II” for some quick pizza and beer near 8 pm.

We also sampled one of the area’s restaurants a couple of days ago for lunch. Burns took us to “Sea Watch”, a popular spot right on the beach and we all indulged our tastes in seafood. It’s a good job we’re walking for about an hour every morning to get some exercise. The restaurant had its shutters down due to the weather but the floor was still open between planks to the sand below. Even one of the beach areas north of Miami has cancelled their movies on the beach due to the weather. And so we return to the topic of conversation amongst everyone here - the nasty weather!!
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