I usually don’t post in the evenings, but I am back aboard S/V Escape and have unpacked the necessities.  Escape is still floating and there were no big surprises on board.  I have a few leaky portholes.  The Florida Sea Base has experienced a lot of rain while I was away.  So it was no surprise to find a few puddles to wipe up.  The most disappointing item is the mizzen mast boot is leaking.  A team of Florida Sea Base riggers replaced my standing rigging last summer.  I think the activity may have allowed the mizzen to sway enough to break the seal.  It is not a real big deal; most of the water goes into the shower.  But I’m sure some of the water is running elsewhere causing unseen damage.  So I will try to tend to that problem as soon as possible.  My second problem is that my mobile router has quit working.  I am too tired to mess with it tonight.  I have driven 1,545 miles in the past two days with 5 hours sleep each night.  MAYBE I can get to bed soon.

RAIN is the word at the Florida Sea Base.  Key Largo (at the top of the Keys) received 6″ of rain Monday while on the other end, Key West received 1/4″.  I do not have an official report from the Florida Sea Base, but there is a lot of standing water on Lower Matecumbe Key, home of FSB.  It is very gray and windy.  The NWS marine forecast reports:

Synopsis…FRESH TO STRONG BREEZES WILL CONTINUE ACROSS ALL KEYS COASTAL WATERS TONIGHT AND INTO TUESDAY. AN AXIS OF HIGH SURFACE PRESSURE WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THIS HIGH PRESSURE WILL SETTLE FURTHER SOUTH AND WEAKEN THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

More specifically:

Tonight…East to southeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Winds and seas higher in and near numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Tuesday…East to southeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night…East to southeast winds 20 knots and gusty. Seas 6 to 8 feet. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Wednesday…East winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Wednesday Night…East to southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Scattered showers.
Thursday…Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Isolated showers.
Thursday Night…Southeast to south winds near 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Isolated showers.
Friday Through Saturday Night…East to southeast winds near 10 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Isolated showers.

No fishing is scheduled for the Tarpon Tournament Tuesday.  It will be a day of arrivals, check-ins and the opening banquet.  But we are scheduled to fish Wednesday morning and afternoon, Thursday morning and evening, and Friday morning.  Boating and fishing don’t mix well with umbrellas so foul weather gear may be the uniform of the day.

I am pooped.  I will probably post Wednesday morning; maybe sooner.

Capt. Steve Willis
Profesional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape (Alone and lonely.)

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