November’s 24th, twenty seventeen – 06:38

Last year at U.S. Thanksgiving we were moored at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. The marina coordinated a turkey potluck dinner for the boaters. It was quite nice. This year the Mangos invited us to go with them to K’s sister’s home for dinner. Kim and Dave and their two sons Peter and Alex made us welcome and shared an amazing dinner of Turkeys and Ham and all the trimmings.

Dave is a pilot and was in the Navy for 20 years and was a F/A-18 pilot. He presently flies for Southwest airlines. I’d like to thank them again for welcoming us into their home. Karen and Kim’s parents live nearby and Carol and Al were also part of our U.S. family Thanksgiving. We were charged a nominal fee (collected by Peter) of $3 per person… It was nice to get away from the boat for a few hours. There was significant traffic on I-95 on the ride home. Luckily we only had to spend about an hour on the road to get back to the FF marina.

I thought I would tackle one of the pre-splash jobs before leaving for thanksgiving. The anchor chain, I wanted to re-mark the chain length and take the twists out. Most of the twists live at the bitter end of the chain. I managed to get the chain all out and marked and was just starting to take it in when it bound up in the windlass. I have to clear out the V-berth to get into the locker and sort this out. The worst part was hauling the entire chain back up on deck by hand. ML was pretty tuckered out by the time the chain was up.

Today we have to go on the road to find a few parts to complete the list. We are getting closer to getting into the water. more later



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