Captains log 201612.14
It's been a while since I made an entry, mainly because there's little to enter. We left the Cocoa Beach area without seeing Jeanie or Mjr Nelson. We sailed quite a long way in semi rough conditions. The wind was about 10-20 knots from the NE gusting occasionally to 25 or so and we were headed South so we were taking it on the rear port quarter. The waves were choppy but because we were were surrounded by shallow water they were not large, two foot max. We had full sail up and were moving along pretty quickly. Much of the time the wind was in the lower speeds but every now and then it piped up and accelerated the boat to over 6 knots. We averaged about 5.5 knots most of the time. As we got in between the little islands that the Indian river had sprinkled through it the wind would drop down to near nothing.
When we first started the sail in the morning another Catamaran pulled out in front of us with full sail. For about 3 hours we got closer then he pulled away then we got closer then he pulled away over and over. He had a lighter sail plan and and was pulling away most of the time as it was only about 10 knots, but when the heavier winds kicked in we made a up lot of ground/water. At one point it looked like we would pass him but the wind dropped down to near nothing as we left the more open waters and reached the areas where were were ducking in and out of islands most of the time.
Shortly before we reached the islands however, our reel started screeching. The wife took the helm and I grabbed the rod (we call it Ross's rod as he sent it to us). It took a while and I thought I caught a small fish but it turned out to be a nice sized Spanish Mackerel. We we so excited to get it in and get the line out again we completely forgot to take a picture! It was a good 25 inches or so long but I'm not sure how much it weighed. It was more than enough to feed the three of us. We also caught a lizzard fish later and cooked that up too. That was not so good because of the bones but the Mackerel was great.
While out here we were working out where we could set up base so I could fly back to Colonial Beach and bring back the car. Many marina's here can't take a 14 foot wide boat. At least that's what they claim. So finding a place has been a pain. Currently we think we've found one but they require us to go there and get to know us in case we are "undesirables". This should be interesting. The place is in Titusville which means heading back North but it is close to Orlando according to the girls. So who know's, I might just bump into him when I go shopping or something. If I do, I'll take a selfie on my non existent phone. lol
While we've been here in Sebastian, we've been eaten alive by the bugs from hell called noseeum's. They are really sandflies and are just the nastiest little things around. The wife looks like she has the measles. We have found that iodine on the bite takes away a lot of the itch making it bearable. It's no real solution (pardon the pun) but it makes it more manageable. We got some other sprays to coat our bedding, clothes and carpet which repel and kill the things but we'll see how that works out. Yesterday we dropped anchor on a little island and I swung the stern around so we could get onto the island by only going through about a foot and a half of water. While we were walking around we got attacked by the damned bugs so bad we were all running around scratching. Not impressed.
Speaking of not impressed, we wanted to get a recreational vessel fishing license for Florida. We had one in Virginia and it was about $50. I looked up the cost of the Florida license. Not much more, it's ONLY $2001.50 annually. That's not a typo. It's over two thousand dollars per year for a recreational vessel salt water fishing license. An annual license per person is about $17 for resident. Now far be it for me to point out stupidity, but wtf Florida! Two thousand dollars per year for a salt water fishing license? While I'm at it, which moron added the $1.50 processing fee to a $2000 license? Are you people completely bat shit crazy? Wow. That's all I have to say. I'm sure that one boat that has the annual licence did so because it's cheaper than taking over 100 people annually on that particular boat who don't have a $17 fishing license each. Just wow.
So needless to say, we'll be getting the $17 license once we become residents here. Since the mil doesn't like fishing at all, that's a grand total of $34 per year. Had they had a vessel license for about $50 I would rather get that so on the possible occasion that someone does go fishing with us and hasn't got a fishing license they would be covered. If the price was about $50 per year I'd imagine a lot of people would do that. But no. Lets make it $2000 per year, and lets not forget the $1.50 processing fee because they are a bunch of retarded government pencil pushers who have their heads so far up their asses they no longer need oxygen because they have evolved to be methane breathers instead. Maybe that's why they don't accept global warming. They are terra forming the Earth to be friendlier to retarded methane based life forms.