With my two kayaks tired “firmly” atop my car, I left Easton, Maryland early one morning on my way south to Florida. But the kayaks weren’t comfortable and spoke out. They hummed, vibrated and shook my rooftop; it sounded as if I had lost my muffler. So I stopped a number of times by the side of the highway to try to readjust them. At first, I thought the bowlines or straps were reverberating, but that was not the case. After 4 stops, I realized the kayaks were not quite aligned to be aerodynamic.
These first two photos were taken during one of my stops to retie the kayaks. Notice the frost on the mirror. It’s December and it’s near freezing!
My first view of Mystique (center near the distant shore) since my departure in September two days before Hurricane Irma descended upon the Miami area. My return was almost 3 months since the 183 mph winds tested my two anchors and my single line to the mangroves. Mystique looked no worse for wear, at least from afar off camera shot, and as I boarded her, I confirmed she had withstood the severe winds nicely.
I knew I still had my work cut out for me as I had to re-rig both sails, find out what happened to the electrical panel, recharge the house batteries, service the engines, dive and scrap both hulls, cleanup the interior and air her out. I also had some cockroaches to eradicate. Gus, Isabel and Mikiel had given her some attention during my absence so she appeared taken care of.
My goal to get her ready for a Bahamas and Exumas return voyage in January was looming a few weeks away. The watermaker was my first concern so I took a look at it and found it still was not working. JD Halden came the next day to examine the Spectra and discovered that lightning had probably toasted some of the electronics. Mikiel came the next day and he confirmed the diagnosis.