I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, April 7, 2014
A Sea Day
Today we decided to rent a boat and tour the area around
Sebastian FL from the inter-coastal waterway. After some internet research a
couple of rental spots were found and some phone calls narrowed it down to one
called ‘Held’s Indian River Island Adventures’. We called and reserved an 18 ft
Pontoon boat with a 50 hp 4 stroke engine.
At the Wheel
Our ‘adventure’ however did not start well. We pulled into
the address to see lots of boats, all complete wrecks, in very bad states of
repair. A hand painted ‘OFFICE’ sign
directed us to a door sorely in need of alignment and a coat of paint, and it
took three tries knocking on the door to bring a weary yawning man to the door.
He ushered us into the messiest office I have ever seen. A bag of cat food
leaned against the wall by the door, a child’s drawing sat on a make-shift
table, boat parts occupied most corners, and a bare mattress with a blanket was
on the floor behind the desk. After signing an 8 page ‘waiver’ and turning over
credit cards, we were directed down the road to the dock while he “Went to get
gas”. Was it gas for the boat, or could he finally afford gas for his truck now
that some tourists were renting his boat?
Down the road, we did indeed find a dock with a pontoon boat
with “HELD’S RENTALS” on the side. Not new, not shiny, seats a bit worn, but it
looked mostly sea-worthy. Gary one of our friends and the ‘Captain’ for the day
(also always an optimist), suggested “This is perfect; we don’t have to worry
about how we treat this boat, no one will notice a few more scrapes and bangs.”
No Bill, the ropes were not coiled – in fact they were so short we had to tie
three together to tie the boat up at one of the islands . . . .
Now, the boat actually worked like a top, ran perfectly, was
nicely set up, comfortable, and perfect for our day on the waterway. The owner
was a great help, giving us a brief operating course and lots of helpful advice
about attractions in the area.
Drinks on the Island
Relaxing On Board
We spent a wonderful day on the water. We visited a couple
of islands and explored them, stopped at a local “Bar & Grill” where we
could motor right up to the wharf to tie up, and get a nice cold beer. We
visited a Manatee preserve (Didn’t see any however), and were entertained by a
pod of dolphins who circled our boat playfully for fifteen minutes, jumping out
of the water right beside the boat.
Although the boat was slightly less than perfect, the day
was. Everyone had a great time, got way to much sun, and came home happy and
tired from a wonderful day at sea.