We have finally left Ft. Lauderdale after 2 ½ months. Everything has taken much longer than anticipated. It has been a long process and the boat was in a constant state of disarray. We are happy this stage is complete.
We left in the dark at 5:30 a.m. January 12th and arrived at West End, Grand Bahama at 5:30 pm. It was a long 12 hour crossing. We had winds of 20-25 knots, with the odd 30+ knot squall. Seas were 4-6 ft. The crossing was about 80 miles. The Gulf Stream (a very strong current that flows north) is about 40 miles wide. We were headed into the wind with a reefed main sail for stability and the engines for extra power. The Gulf Stream makes conditions extremely topsy-turvy and it felt like you were in a “washing machine”. I was surprised I wasn’t seasick. We did take Stugeron (seasickness pills we imported from the UK) before and during the passage. They are excellent.
We were delighted to have Richard Widmann, the seasoned delivery captain join us. He has delivered Leopards all over the world. The original plan was to spend the bulk of our time on the water. However, the work on the boat ran even further behind schedule than anticipated, so he pitched in to “get us off the dock”. He had lots of technical advice and he helped Price with a multitude of jobs. All in all, he was a great help (and a great guy) and we loved having him with us!