We have had off and on light rain today at the Florida Sea Base.  But we got a LOT of rain in a short burst yesterday at about 19:00.  I had a bucket that accumulated more than 8″ of rain in less than 40 minutes.  This afternoon I noticed that our Carolina Skiff was sunk to the point that the transom was underwater.  The 1 year old Evinrude motor sits very low on the boat and I am sure it got at least a little salt water in the cowling.  I rinsed the motor with fresh water and we will see if it survives.

I bailed the skiff out (using a kitty litter bucket I found in Paul Beal’s yard.  Our little staff sailboat, Kermit, was sitting low in the water.  Capt. Dennis climbed aboard and bailed the water out of it.  Prior to lunch I helped Capt. Dennis and Ellen recover their houseboat and secure it on the trailer.  They are leaving Wednesday.  Almost everyone else went diving on the wreck of the USS Vandenberg off Key West as the guests of Capt. Denny and Capt. Holley on the Schooner Conch Pearl.  To the best of my recollection, the only seasonal staff on base includes Teri Woods (who has a crew), Nathaniel Erwin, Aaron Phoebe, Christy Clemenson and Dominic Alesandrini.  I may be leaving someone out.  I apologize in advance.

Tropical Depression (TD) 6 continues moving west-northwest and should pose no threat to the Florida Sea Base or the Bahamas.  Another wave is expected to come off the African coast in three or four days.

That’s all I have for today.  The Galley is closed so I’m going to fix a sandwich or microwave something for dinner.  I think I’ll watch an episode of “Good Guys” on Hulu.com and call it a night.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

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