After anchoring yesterday, Regis noticed the heaters were not working well and suggested I pull out the comforter I recently purchased that he did not think we needed. Late in the evening, he realized the water hoses were clogged for each heater. He fixed one in the evening and the next morning the other fixed itself. It is clear I could not boat alone because I do not have enough knowledge of mechanics to fix all the things that break constantly. It is also an issue traveling with the RV, but break downs are easier to handle on land.
We anchored not far from a marina last night and opted to fill up the diesel tanks prior to leaving this morning. We had to wait until they opened which gave Regis time to discover the one heater fixed itself and watched the loons. We got diesel at Two Georges Marina and the folks were super nice and the diesel price very good. The water was very clear in the area, so I spent time watching the little fishes schooling in the shallow water.
We went from the west side of Choctawhatchee Bay to the east side today. It is open water, although not as open as the Gulf of Mexico. Fortunately, it was a nice day. It was cool but sunny and not much wind allowing for a relatively nice bay crossing. Had it been windy, it would have been a rough day. We even got to ride up top for the last stretch because the sun warmed things up enough to make it tolerable. We could have traveled further today but the next stretch is very narrow with no place to anchor. It would have been dark by the time we reached the end of the stretch. We want to get anchored and safe before dark, so we anchored before that stretch. We hope to get an early start tomorrow morning and possibly stop in a marina tomorrow night. We always had to be flexible while traveling in the RV, but boating takes it to a whole other level. There are more things that can go wrong to keep you from your plans. We have been fortunate and are making steady progress.
I will end the post with a collie picture.