The Captain and I returned to Florida last week with two large duffles filled with everything from shorts to our favorite coffee to a hammock. After 3 trips to Publix ( one by car, two by bike)for groceries and Christmas lights; 2 trips to West Marine; and 1 trip to Total Wine and More, Freedom was stocked and ready for winter cruising.
We spent the weekend stowing supplies, and exploring Stuart before fueling up and heading out this morning. Destination: Miami, where we'll be meeting the K'dults later this week.
As an Ocean Trawler, Freedom does not go very fast (8 kts/hour on average), but consequently she does not burn much diesel. Today was the first time we have taken on fuel since we left the Chesapeake Bay, over 1200 miles ago. Typically we might use 1 gallon/mile, but on our trip south we used only .7 gallons per mile. As recovering sailors, we're feeling pretty good about that.