The Coast Guard needed $145.00 for evaluating my application and issuing a license. The Agent needs $250.00 to look over my application package and once ready, to walk it over to the Boston Coast Guard Center and turn it in. UPS wanted $55.00 to carry my package to Boston... $450.00 just in handling charges.
Everyone involved must think I have Obama/Romney cash laying around because I go out boating a bit...
The weather on Saturday was gorgeous, I was in and out of my CPR/First Aid course in less than an hour. $75 bucks for that little bit of heaven! Anyway, got the Barco set up and ready and we were underway at 1300, heading Southward into the Florida afternoon, enjoying the slightest cooling breeze within a couple hours. It was just nice to be moving on an empty river with our friends Bill and Kelly. We were at the Six Mile Creek at the crack of 1630 where we met a few other friends from the Navy Jax and Florida Yacht Clubs.
We tried to tell them we resigned from Navy Jax but nobody believed me. So, we had a number of beers and glasses of wine and went on having a nice time.
The newest Member of Florida Yacht Club was present and he generously paid for the Barco Crew's dinner and drinks. Thanks, T.J.!
We told sea stories, ate and drank until sundown. T.J. and his lovely bride had to leave so the Barco Crew returned for sunset rum. Which lasted until the designated daughter arrived at 2300 to take Bill and Kelly home. It was a late night!
Up and at 'em at 0700, we lingered over coffee and fruit while enjoying the quiet and cool Florida morning, with the rising sun just penetrating the thick oaks and cypress of Six Mile Creek. What a great time of year to be on the water in our sunshine state!
We took no photos of this trip (to protect the innocent?), actually I forgot my camera in all the packing and rushing about to get underway. Next time, we promise to have cameras.
See you all later...