Well, we had our first tow the other day.
We've learned several times over and over again during the course of this trip just how impossible it is to make plans and expectations. We've only really suffered relatively minor setbacks and discouragements in the grand scheme of things. But this, well, we just really hoped something like this wouldn't happen.
|repairing anything on a boat requires a great deal of patience, flexibility, athleticism, and the ability to fit in tight spaces.|
We woke up early the other morning with the intention of sailing out to another new place, but our engine had other ideas. Without going into the boring details that I really don't understand anyway, it's not working right. Poor Riley worked on it patiently for hours and hours with no success. And this guy can fix anything! (You might be asking yourself, if we're a sailboat, what do we really need an engine for anyway? But as cruisers, we really do depend on it in quite a few situations.) Finally, we had to call Tow Boat US to tow us in about 2 hours to the nearest marina/mechanic.
Now we find ourselves in Marathon again, in the same mooring field where we spent Christmas. The engine situation is still up in the air, but we have been encouraged just over the last 48 hours by so many answers to prayer. This mooring field, which usually always has a long waiting list, miraculously had none, and exactly one spot opened up yesterday morning during the time that we were standing at the reception desk. Last night we were able to wait out another bout of high winds safely on a mooring ball where we have easy access to shore and the parts that will hopefully get our engine back to good working order. It's also just a comfort to be back in a familiar place, a kind of home base for us almost, during such a stressful situation.
After being afraid that this engine trouble was going to bring our trip to a swift halt, and that meanwhile we would be stranded without a motor in high winds, we have so much to be grateful for. It's an incredibly helpless feeling, being stranded on a boat with no engine, too far from any civilized shore, with foul weather on the horizon. But today we are so very thankful for safety, for tow insurance, for a mooring field, and for the simple comforts of familiar surroundings. God is good.