Well, we awoke a few times in the night to the pounding rain. It seemed like it would never end. The cockpit even had water in it, running down the front of the boat and in under the dodger. It had let up by time we weighed anchor at 07:00 and headed out.
Once underway, the Captain tried the autopilot. Success! It purred along and it was nice to have the hands free back! Except it wasn’t back for long, about an hour. The Captain thinks the brushes need replacing in the drive motor.
After lunch, it cleared off and although cold, was nice to see some sun. We couldn’t believe the size of this bird nest here on the marker in the ditch. And while taking the photo, also noticed one up in the tree.
We called ahead to Vero Beach Municipal Marina and was able to get a mooring ball for the night. We motored in and got tied up around 14:30. We lowered the dinghy and went in to register. We were told that buses to the stores and beach were free of charge in this city. And we should check the cruisers lounge for the sign up sheet for the pot luck tomorrow for the Thanksgiving feast. We did and met some nice people and then took the bus up to Publix to get a few things for the dinner. We are beginning to see what the lady that we met in Annapolis meant when she said they call it Velcro Beach instead of Vero Beach. They have been coming here for 6 years. We expect to stay here for a few days. There is a possibility we can leave Persuasion here when we go home for Christmas. Although we do have other places to contact. We may get some Black Friday shopping done here and go to the beach, if it warms up.
Today we travelled 48.3 nm.