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Monday, January 11, 2010

Miami Beach 11 January 2010

Yesterday 10 January was cold and windy - coldest since 1927 we hear. So we stayed on the boat and Mike changed the oil and while Jeannette baked one of our favourite dishes - chicken with leek and apple pie. As is often the case, one job leads to another and while checking the engine discovered that the sea water pump was dripping. So today replaced the pump with one that I had previously refurbished only to find that the sea cock on the engine sea water inlet was dripping when in closed position. So have now cancelled our planned trip to the Keys and have arranged for Dutch Link to be hauled tomorrow in the Miami River to replace the sea cock . At the same time we will antifoul and have the bow thruster repaired.

The sun came out today and the thermometer rose to a pleasanter level so, having made all the arrangements for haulout, we dinghied ashore to explore the fashionable Lincoln Road pedestrian street and the Miami Beach - far more beach chairs than people.

On the dinghy ride back we were very fortunate to come close to a beautiful Green Heron

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