Welcome back! It has taken me almost half of a year to recap our first year aboard our sailing catamaran GIRO! Thanks for sticking with us… this is the final post on the subject… covering the last three months of our first year aboard. If you missed Part One, Two, or Three… or you’ve plain forgotten what the hell happened because, let’s face it, I’m the worst blogger in the world… Feel free to click the links to go back and catch up.
After leaving the Bahamas, we arrived in Miami and headed to Dinner Key Marina. We originally tried to get into the mooring field at Coconut Grove Sailing Club, which is right next door in a protected cove, but we were told there were not any open spots for visiting boats. So, we decided to grab a mooring at Dinner Key even though the mooring field seems to have zero protection. But it is one of those mooring fields that everyone knows, and everyone stays at, even if they complain, because the location is ideal. We actually stayed at Dinner Key Marina once before at the dock during our sail school mosquitogeddon. But we were not in a financial position to spend money for a slip at the dock this time around… And after living off-grid since November, a mooring ball seemed like a much better option for us.
Dinner Key Marina. April 9-11, 2017
Here is my tl;dr of the 48 hours we spent on the mooring ball at Dinner Key Marina: HELL NO NEVER AGAIN OMG WHAT THE HELL NO NO NO NO
What I’m trying to say is… NOPE. I know I get seasick… but usually while actually SAILING… not sitting on a mooring ball or at anchor. IN. A. CATAMARAN. And yet…
The seas were like 2-3 foot choppy waves with absolutely zero protection. The monohulls around were bouncing so hard we could SEE their KEELS! Yeah… I was in scramble mode big time… there was no way in hell we were staying in this mooring field, but the weather was so bad we couldn’t leave. I was ready to abandon ship.