She is incredibly well thought out, well constructed, and easy to operate.
One thing that is new to me is AC. It is very hot in South FL and MX. AC is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
Even with the AC blasting 24/7, it gets a little warm on the bridge deck.
After an uneventful run from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, we made the big jump from Key West to Cancun.
It was a long 36 hour run, especially around 2 AM when it was pretty tough staying awake waiting for the next guy to get up and take his shift. We ran two man shifts, which meant real short sleep breaks.
We were close enough to Cuba that we could see the low hills on the coast, but the photos did not turn out too good in the low light and low clouds.
There were no small boats around Cuba, but we ran across quite a few cruise ships. The way they are lit up at night it is hard to miss.
I am having to adjust a bit to running in shallow water. 20 feet is considered deep around here and the water is so clear that you can see the bottom. It is sometimes hard to trust your plotter when you can see bottom and it looks like it is 3 feet deep.
We are headed to Puerto Aventuras for a short run and then a long run to Roatan to meet DirtyE and the rest of the crew.
The photos and updates should pick up a bit, as we will be doing less running and have more time to shoot some photos.