May 27
Traveled through the Haulover Canal on our way to Daytona Beach. Also went through Mosquito Lagoon, where we had our first encounter with horseflies on board; no problem with mosquitoes. This megayacht on the next dock has a checkered flag on the bow. We were sure it must belong to a race car driver, but marina staff said owner is just a race fan. We had a problem on the way here that prevented us from getting up to full speed. Had a mechanic look at it & found nothing wrong. He suggested having a diver check the bottom. The diver we hired found a plastic bag in the air conditioner pickup, a small line around the port prop and many barnacles that he scraped off. We had just had the bottom power washed in April, so it doesn’t take long for strange things that lurk beneath the sea to accumulate on boat bottoms. We went out for a test run and she ran just fine. While here the Captain had an unfortunate bicycle accident; his arm met with a very rough brick wall and required 7 stitches at the local hospital emergency room. So much for our bike ride to the beach.