|From May 16-18 2016 failed trip|
May 18, 2016
We were heading out for a long trip along the northern Gulf of Mexico on our Lagoon 37 TPI catamaran. But something happened and disappointment set in! First the weather had been unkind; so, we had put off our leaving for another day. Then we encountered the problem that actually sent us back ashore.
The day of departure we left from our marina on Pontchartrain Lake (New Orleans). A grey day but nothing menacing on the horizon. We passed through the Hwy. 11 bascule bridge, passed under the I-10 bridge, as also under the Hwy. 90 bridge into the Rigolets. That's about the time we started getting excited: we could see the railroad bridge that gives us passage to the Gulf of Mexico and adventures to be had.
Our port engine started losing power. So, Mike got in the water to check whether a line from a crab trap (yeah, have got to keep an eye on crab traps that are all over the waters of south Louisiana) or other had wound itself onto the propeller. Nope. Black smoke and other signs ushered us back to our marina, hobbling on one motor.
Mike is presently fixing the mixing elbow and so forth. Time to reassess what, where, how of boating. Aventura has given us four years of marvelous adventures, as did Talisman before her, and even Sassy Lady, our first sailboat. (See archives).
More to come....