Why simmer and sweat outside when you can sit in the nice, cool air conditioning, and spin a tale that we will LOVE reading?! It’s so blasted hot here in Florida right now that we’re only doing outdoor activities in the early morning or late evening. And, we have some really ferocious rainy season storms blowing through each afternoon and evening now. Those are ALWAYS a hoot when onboard No Tan Lines!
On Wednesday night (or should I say Thursday morning) at 1:00 a.m., I had just turned off my laptop, and was about to get ready for bed, when the boat pitched suddenly to port (to the left)…and stayed that way. I dashed up into the cockpit and we had QUITE a blow coming on! That first gust of wind in front of a squall hits hard and fast and this one just kept blowing. Our neighbor registered the wind at 45 knots. By that time, NOBODY in the marina was still asleep!
We added a line from a starboard side piling to the winch in the cockpit to take some of the pressure off the other lines. We then sat down and looked at the sky during each lightning strike, scanning the horizon for a funnel. Then, we ducked down below when big, fat, cold raindrops started pelting us, and checked weather.com. It was a monstrous red blob and I knew we wouldn’t be going to bed anytime soon.
So, we settled down and watched TV while Tanny pitched violently to and fro. An hour later, the wind died down and we were finally able to get some blessed sleep.
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About The Author
Angela Hoy is the publisher of WritersWeekly.com, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of BookLocker.com (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), PubPreppers.com (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).
Angela lives on a 52' Irwin Center Cockpit Ketch (sailboat) with her family and pets. Keep up with her family's adventurous liveaboard lifestyle at GotNoTanLines.com
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