|Hughes Nughes #2|
launched in Florida
----- Original Message -----
From: Lee Hughes
To: ... firstname.lastname@example.org ; GeoffOrrYC@aol.com ; email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002 1:08 PM
Well, I made
across the border from Canada to the US and got my 8-month visa
so should be sailing here until the end of July - if the money
out. In Canada, I stayed with Brian McCleery - a friend of Frank Dye
chap from whom I bought Wanderer). Brian and his wife, Doris,
amazing hosts. Brian met me at the bus, took me to the boat, put me up
for 5 days and let me use their phone, email, washing machine, etc. All
the things that are so awkward to do when you're back-packing. Plus he
drove me all over the place, getting things for the trip down to
(like wood to build a cradle for the boat).
I rented a
U-Haul truck last
Thursday and loaded the boat, and headed off on Friday
morning. I took a few days to get to Florida where I drove to the house
of an expat Kiwi who is a friend of Sue Hughes (my sister-in-law). Then
Geoff took over where Brian left off - put me up at his place, drove me
around, helped me buy chandlery with his staff discount (he is a
here in Fort Lauderdale), and fed me and took me out to meet his
He also offered me a free EPIRB! That's amazing. Plus, he has a
(Dave, from England) who is an engineer on a luxury yacht, and Dave
me unload and fit out Wanderer (he sanded the hull while I
it) and to put her in the water. I doubt I could have done all this
the help of Brian in Canada and Geoff in Fort Lauderdale.
boat is tied up to the dock at the bottom of Geoff's garden and tonight
I'll sleep on her for the first time. I'm all provisioned and ready to
cruise but I'm still looking for the right little outboard. Once that
found, I'll mount it on the stern, hoist my sail and tootle off to the
Florida Keys. The weather here is 75-80F and very tropical. You
believe the number of luxury yachts - makes the America's Cup yachts
at the Viaduct Harbour look puny. Literally miles and miles of them on
the New River, where I am. I'm used to the wealth in the US after
here so often since 1989, but the money in Fort Lauderdale is seriously
all my valuable, delicate stuff - GPS, bino's, transistor, compass, VHF radio, batteies and spare film
OK, nuff about that. I'll be in the Keys for Xmas and might send another bulletin then but don't be surprised if I don't write till New Year's. I'll be fine - I've got VHF radio, GPS and a motor and a life raft and a life jacket (and yes, Al, I'll have an EPIRB) and if any of you can be bothered to haul out a map, you'll see I'm doing most of my sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway - which is basically a big river from Miami to New York. So how hard can it be?
I guess I'll find out soon enough. Well, that's all for now, except to thank everybody that wrote and especially Brian and Geoff for all their help. Must go now as this is costing me 10¢ a minute.
PS. Brian - yes I don't mind being interviewed or photographed by that chap. I'll email him direct.
Rod - look after the knee mate and let me know how the America's Cup is going.
Al - whatsa matter - you're typing finger broken? I rely on you for footy news, mate - (can't get much out of Adrienne).
Sue - boy I sure lucked out when you put me in touch with Geoff - thank you so much for that.