April 2019: Enjoying SoFlo

We finally decided to send the drone in the air for a test flight at the marina:

Still need a lot more practice before feeling comfortable using the drone out at sea!

Ashley and Shannon spent a beautiful day at the Tortuga Music Festival on the beach in Fort Lauderdale:

We had a great day at the music festival! Our favorite performers were Chris Janson, David Lee Murphy, and Kenny Chesney.

We met the previous owners of Aventis!
They are a very cool couple from Texas. They only had our boat for about 6 months before Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma was the first Category 5 Hurricane to ever hit the Leeward Islands. We were told when we bought her that she was out of the water at the time. We learned that she was one of only a few boats in the marina at Nanny Cay, BVI to survive the storm! Can you spot her?

She was dented, scratched up, and dismasted, but she didn’t sink or have any major issues. As you can see, it could have been much worse! After Hurricane Irma, they moved the boat to Puerto Rico, where she was hit again by Hurricane Maria. She sure has been through a lot in just a short time! She has a lot of grit and character – we love it!

It took a couple of weeks, but we got the watermaker installed!

Having a watermaker is a game changer for cruising. We installed a 12 volt model that can run off the batteries and make about 20 gallons per hour of fresh, clean water.

For Easter break, Ella and Addie came down to the boat.
One of the days we spent at Whiskey Creek with marina friends. Whiskey Creek is a cool spot about a 20 minute dinghy ride from the marina.

Dinghy ride back from Whiskey Creek

The next day we went to one of our favorite hangouts on Hollywood beach – The Taco Spot

We also had a great time at Jimbo’s on the intercoastal while Ella and Addie were down:

We decided to take the girls to Biscayne Bay for a couple of days:

Leaving the marina
Sailing past Miami on the way to Biscayne Bay and clear water!
Addie and Caper hanging out on the fly bridge on the sail to Biscayne Bay
Ella and Chance have a snack while sailing to Biscayne Bay
Anchored at Biscayne Bay
Ashley and Addie first night at Biscayne Bay
Chance at Biscayne Bay
Shannon getting ready to go paddle boarding the next day
Shannon paddle boarding with Caper
Great day of hanging out at Biscayne Bay
Enjoying another wonderful Biscayne Bay sunset
Heading back to the marina (on the ICW near the marina at this point)
Chance didn’t want to give up his seat at the helm station!

We celebrated the end of the week at Gigi’s
(a nice restaurant on the ICW):

Coming up next month: Sailing to the Bahamas for the summer

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