Anchored out catching some rays by St. Andrews Marina in Panama City.
We started out here about a week ago when Carter began Sea School because it was close by and he could ride the bike to school but we were forced to leave when a strong Southerly wind whipped up and we ran for cover in Massalina Bayou. The Sea School instructor told us about it and graciously offered to give Carter a ride each day while we were there since it was considerably farther away from the school. Now that the wind has swung back around to the North and the Sound has laid down a little we decided to come back. Massalina Bayou was an excellent anchorage but the internet didn't work very well there and the TV reception didn't come in at all. Plus it was about time to do some laundry so here we are again at the friendly St. Andrews Marina.
On our way over we spotted this Coast Guard patrol boat heading our way in the distance at breakneck speed, blue lights flashing. This is something we're starting to get use too but it's still a bit disconcerting and hard to resist the urge to "Hide the Rum".
They were a friendly and courteous bunch though and just wanted to ask us some questions about the strange solar boat. Carter said it brought back memories of his own days on the 41312 in San Diego when he was a seaman in the Coast Guard. Only he said these new RIBs with twin outboards look like they'd be a lot more fun to drive than the old aluminum utility boat with inboard diesels that he was on.
Another week or so of Sea School and we'll be headed back to St. Marks for several weeks to finish a few projects on the Arc before we head to Key West and beyond.