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ANOTHER FINE RAFT UP August 12, 2013

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.

One would not have thought we could have a raft up in August with temps in the 90’s. Not only did we, it was a great one. I must admit there were about half the people, but still a great one.

The saving factor for we few sailors was the breeze. It lasted all night and the temp got down in the 70’s. The mate even turned off the cabin fan in the middle of the night. I had said we would run the generator and A/C till I went to bed, but it was not needed. The power boaters backed into the beach and left a nice swimming area between the beach and their swim platforms. I had never realized what a convenient place for a bar. Set out the bottles, a cooler of ice, some glasses and you are set. Make a drink, lay back in the water and enjoy fine friends and good rum.

Sunday Morning we had a breakfast aboard Nightwatch for those in attendance. Scrambled eggs, homemade waffles and ham. And of course there were Mimosas furnished by our guests. The ladies hid below in the air conditioning and had a wonderful time. We of the male persuasion met in the cockpit with pleasant breezes and fine conversation. Nobody left hungry.

The breeze lasted through Sunday. That made for a nice sail home with only 2 sets of tacks. Just enough exercise. Yes, it was hot, but I would occasionally walk up forward and hose myself off with the anchor wash down hose. Summertime and the living was easy.



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