Felicity and Karmic Debt

January 18, 2014 Posted by Deb

One Choice Could Have been Conch

The folks on a charter boat named Felicity dinghied over to the Bluefield Range from Middle Caye in rough weather to get help and to see if we had enough cell phone coverage to call TMM up in San Pedro and inform them that they were aground. They had been holed up at Cucumber Marina for days during the storm and had come out just that morning. We had zero cell coverage but used the Iridium to call Simon, the head guy at TMM who we first met in the Rio Dulce. Simon was sick, it was late in the day, and he had another boat aground to deal with. He said it was too dark to get help all the way down there. We had two hours before high tide and if we were going to get that boat off, it had to be soon.

Help!

Help!

Michael and I put on our cold/wet weather gear, grabbed two long lines, checked with the fisherman to see if they knew anything about that reef, and we took off in our dinghy for a violently rough ride over to Middle Caye. We circled their boat, probing with an oar. It was shallow everywhere. The waves and wind had moved them further aground and they weren’t bouncing anymore. Bad news. Their starboard engine was not happy either.

We hooked up the lines, got two 15 hp dinghies lined up, along with the two diesels in Felicity and we pulled. We had a kedging Plan B but damned if we didn’t get the cat to budge. After we freed up Felicity, we didn’t think it was a good idea to try again to go behind Middle Caye in bad light and conditions. We had a track for Bluefield so they moved over there, we grabbed our Samsung Galaxy notepad, and we came through that reef mostly blind at around 5:15, way too late to be doing that but we knew the track was good. We ran into Felicity again at Colson and they brought over a bottle of rum … naval tradition is great. Those of you familiar with our Mississippi adventures last summer understand the Karmic Debt reference.

Felicity Safe at Anchor and Enjoying a Family Swim

Felicity Safe at Anchor and Enjoying a Family Swim

Watching for Coral

Watching for Coral

Tobacco Caye for Lunch

Took three hours for the restaurant to come up with something for us to eat and we were starving.

One Choice Could Have been Conch

One Choice Could Have been Conch

Someone Had Temporarily Stored a Baracuda Overnight in the Freezer But it Was Confiscated for Our Lunch

Someone Had Temporarily Stored a Baracuda Overnight in the Freezer Until It Was Confiscated for Our Lunch

Not for Lunch

Not for Lunch

South Water Caye

Jelly Fish Protection

Jelly Fish Protection

Dinghy_Chuck

Off for Some "Superb" Snorkeling

Off for Some “Superb” Snorkeling

Island Exploration

Island Exploration

SouthWaterCayeBar

Exit Birthday Crew

Placencia_DinghyEnter

PlacenciaTipsyTuna

It’s been 30 hours since the boat got empty again. They saw every different kind of weather, island, and beach, and we drank five different kinds of rum. They completed their lap by flying Tropic Air from Placencia back to Belize City and made it home to 28 degrees and snow.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

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