Wayne and Linda came over to the house this morning to assist with the project of moving Shoo-Fly from the marina where she’s been stored since being trucked down to the Keys from the frigid north.
This is most-easily done with three persons as one drives us 5 miles or so down US-1 to the marina and then takes the vehicle back to the house [Linda was driver today]. Then the other two, Wayne and I, crank up the boat and head back to the house via Florida Bay. Don’t really need two people to make the run as I know the waters well-enough to do the run solo. The second person comes in handy, however—as all you who’ve fished with us down here know—when it’s time to get the boat into the protective basin in front of the house.
One does not want the boat to contact this stuff.
So I steer the boat and Wayne stands by with the boat pole ready to ward off disaster. Sometimes I snake the boat through without him [or whomever else is fishing with me that day] having to do anything; other times…esp when the wind is up and slamming waves into the basin walls…. Well, let’s just say so far we’ve been lucky…or highly skillful…or some proportioning of both.
BTW, the image of the basin was made by Google Earth on 06 March 2013, during the time we were here, so that's actually Shoo-Fly sitting in the basin.
Wayne said, “you’ll never get anything in that photo except a bunch of handrails and other hardware” [or words to that effect]…but having again been lucky…or highly skillful…or some proportioning of both...it came out pretty well.
Well, we figgered it out, and later on I checked what we had done against a photo I’d taken last year, and we got the arrangement exactly the same…so Shoo-Fly’s all set and safe. The basin may be a pest to get into, but once we’re in there and secured to the dock, the basin surely protects the boat from wind and wave.
More to come.
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