I woke up this am to see that the storm had passed! I had a quick breakfast and packed up my stuff to take off as i learned you cant rely on the weather
the winds were still blowing about 20mph so it wasnt calm but much better than friday. The ride was nice. Given that I was going back over thr same waters i traveled yesterday i was much more comfortable and listened to music almost the entire way. I did have a few close encounters
1) Rookie Maneuver-The Rope. I am getting this loading and unloading of the ski thing pretty down. I put all my equipment and bags down somewhere with easy access like a beach. then i go get the ski and bring it to that spot. this morning i pulled such a rookie maneuver....i let the rope dangle in the water and it got sucked up and jammed the prop.
I tried to turn the ski on its side but at 800+ lbs no go. I was able to get a guy named Sean to help me turn the ski on its side. Yep rope all around the crankshaft and in the prop. Spent about 20 minutes unwinding the rope (its hard to get your hand in there) to find that the rope was really jammed in the prop. I pulled and pulled but nothing. Sean who was much beefier than I am pulled with all of his might but it wouldn't move. Then Sean suggested we call a mechanic and one couuld come by.....tomorrow. With that I planted my feet and pulled with more than all of my might and the rope came free. Made me think "strength is the mother of necessity".
2) Biscayne National Park. There is a 15 mile long stretch of the Intercoastal just sooth of Key Biscayne which I learned is off limits to personal watercraft. I know this very well as I was pulled over by a national parks service boat, siren blaring, blue lights flashing etc
He explained to me that this 15 mile long part is not ok for wave runners and that the no waverunner zone (waverunners are the snow boarders of the ocean, the coolest but dissed by older dudes :-)) extends to about 20 miles offshore.
Problem is I was about in the middle of it heading N. He asked where I came from and I told him Key Largo. He told me i needed to turn around and go back. Really. No Shit. Then he gave me an opening, he said hook back up to your trailer in Key Largo and drive past this area. I explained, but Ocifer, I don't have a trailer or a car. I am just on this lil ole waverunner and I need to get to Miami today
He then noted I didn't have the registration stickers on my waverrunner and asked for identification. Luckily I was prepared and showed him a copy of my bill of sale, my insurance, and my drivers license (just for ID-you don't need a license to drive a boat in the US-scary huh).
He reviewed everything and asked what I was doing in FL with a 2 day old waverunner if I live in CA. Door # 2 opened. I explained about the fundraiser and that this was practice. He nodded his head as he listened and I saw him beginning to weaken his stern tone. After about another 5 minutes of conversation he instructed me to head N to Miami. Stay on the Intercoastal. Don't get too close to any boats. Don't jump any wakes. Don't do any donuts and don't ever get caught coming through there again. I thanked him very much for his understanding and I took off, jumping every single boat wake on the way back (just kidding :-)