One of the pleasures and surprises of living on a sailboat is having the opportunity to meet other people that love being on the water. Since arriving at Marathon, Florida and making ourselves at home at Marathon marina, we have gotten to know plenty of folks that meet that requirement. One of these people is Craig, who sails a beautiful catamaran, Sognare. His cat is from Colorado but Craig is from the upper east coast where it is much colder right now than it is here. He kindly invited Michael and I and Jimmie and Sue out for an afternoon sail this week.
As with most boat adventures, there was some mechanical issues to be dealt with since one of Sognare’s two engines didn’t want to start when we were preparing to leave the dock. Michael, Jimmie and Craig all spent time with their head and upper body stuck in the port engine poking, prodding and banging on things until finally she started. Craig’s cat is very beamy measuring 26 ft wide which gives him a lot of room on his boat but makes it more challenging to turn it around in the fairway between boats. Having two engines makes it easier to accomplish. He eased Sognare out and we headed west out of Marathon. The winds were out of the south for the afternoon which put us sailing alongside the Seven Mile Bridge. The sun was bright and the water a lovely aqua color. Riding the waves from the trampoline on the bow of a catamaran is a lovely experience.The sunshine keeps you warm and the wind gently cools you. I must confess it is a great place to nap. We sailed west by Ohio and Missouri keys. Finally after reaching Bahia Honda, we turned around to head back in to Marathon. With the sun now behind us, the water from the bow is an emerald green. Michael and I saw these little packages in the water that looked like tiny clear balloons with blue streamers; they are apparently a type of jellyfish nicknamed Sailor jellyfish( Velella velella or By the wind sailors)
The draft of a catamaran is much less than that of Sea Change and because of that we sailed in what looked like very shallow water. I could see the sea floor as we sailed, the patches of sandy bottom and much darker sea grass were hypnotic as we rode along above them. We approached the channel to Boot Key Harbor just as the sun was setting behind us. What a marvelous afternoon on the water!