Impulse Cruising Again

Vessel Name: Impulse
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 350
Hailing Port: Langhorne PA
Crew: Bill & Mary
22 April 2017 | Port Mayaca
21 April 2017 | Moore Haven, FL
20 April 2017 | Fort Myers, Florida
29 March 2017 | Punta Gorda, Florida
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22 April 2017 | Port Mayaca

Out of Okeechobee...

For us, Earth Day began at 6 am when we got up and took advantage of the basic but functional showers behind City Hall. By 7:00 am we were waiting for the lock to open, and 30 minutes later we were on the rim of the lake. The difference in water height was only 6 inches! Along the rim we saw dozens [...]

21 April 2017 | Moore Haven, FL

By the Shore of Okeechobee…

We pulled up the anchor and were moving at 7:30 am with light winds and cool temps. But the wind once again picked up and the banks of the river and canal acted as a funnel so we saw very high gusts of wind all day. We passed through two locks (in the first, Franklin Lock, we were accompanied by a [...]

20 April 2017 | Fort Myers, Florida

Finally On Our Way!

29 March 2017 | Punta Gorda, Florida

Here We Go!

Our first blog post for the upcoming trip!

Out of Okeechobee...

22 April 2017 | Port Mayaca
Upper 70s, mostly cloudy
For us, Earth Day began at 6 am when we got up and took advantage of the basic but functional showers behind City Hall. By 7:00 am we were waiting for the lock to open, and 30 minutes later we were on the rim of the lake. The difference in water height was only 6 inches! Along the rim we saw dozens and dozens of alligators, mostly rather small, and a variety of birds - herons, egrets, vultures, crows, songbirds, and more. What a nice way to start the day!
As we entered the lake the wind kicked up and the lake was like a washing machine, tossing us around a fair bit, but it was doable. Although the lake height is very low, we didn't see any depths less than 6.8 feet. (We need 4.5 feet to pass without grounding.)
When we finally reached the Port Mayaca Lock, it was wide open due to lack of water, so we cruised right through and tied up to dolphins - see photo - not the animal, but a group of pilings bundled together with cleats on them. This wasn't the easiest feat since we were sitting so low, but fortunately one of them already had a cleated rope that we could use. Nap time and a quiet afternoon was interrupted by a pretty steady rain for about 30 minutes. Easter ham, potato salad, and cantaloupe made a good dinner. Tipping appointment tomorrow morning, and then off to Stuart to meet some friends!

40 miles, 5.5 hours

By the Shore of Okeechobee…

21 April 2017 | Moore Haven, FL
Low 80s, partly cloudy
We pulled up the anchor and were moving at 7:30 am with light winds and cool temps. But the wind once again picked up and the banks of the river and canal acted as a funnel so we saw very high gusts of wind all day. We passed through two locks (in the first, Franklin Lock, we were accompanied by a manatee!) and had to call for four bridge openings.
The Caloosahatchie was a meandering river many years ago, but the Army Corp of Engineers cut through to straighten it out and left the curves, called "ox bows." These serve as nice anchorages, and we took advantage of one of them last night. Today we passed many more of them, some leaving small beautiful island retreats for fortunate homeowners.
After a failed attempt at tying up to the dolphins (photo of one will be shown tomorrow) near the Moore Haven Lock due to the high wind, we settled in at the City Dock. After a short wine time, we ventured to Adams Angler Reef Lounge. Bill saw this on his phone as a good place for dinner, but with questionable ambiance. That is exactly what we found - only ΒΌ mile away so an easy walk, but very empty and looking like the good times passed them by. No menu - "we have ribeye steak" - so that is what we ordered and it was delicious. Baked potato and salad bar completed the meal. A short walk back, and we were in for the night. Bugs were starting to come out, so we buttoned up with the AC running. Showers in the morning and then off to pass through a lock and then cross the lake!

50 miles, 8 hours

Finally On Our Way!

20 April 2017 | Fort Myers, Florida
mid 80s, partly sunny

Our big adventure started this morning at 7:00 am as we pulled away from the dock. Light winds and a pretty sunrise greeted us. After motoring for about an hour the winds picked up and we sailed past Cabbage Key with a dolphin escort at times, heeling quite nicely as the photo shows. But after about 3 hours we had to put the canvas away since the wind was on the bow as our course changed. BLTs for lunch and perfect temperatures helped us deal with the wind gusts over 25 knots which made it quite choppy. We passed Fort Myers in late afternoon and settled in across the river from the FPL power plant, west of I-75. Burgers and cocktails helped put Bill to sleep by 9:00, but we are ready to move on to Moore Haven tomorrow.

10.5 hours, 67 miles

Here We Go!

29 March 2017 | Punta Gorda, Florida
88 and sunny!
Our first blog post for the upcoming trip!
Bill and I have begun to make final plans to head north for the summer. We will depart on April 20th and head to Fort Myers and then across the Okeechobee, getting to the East Coast of Florida by April 24th or so. Planned stops include St. John's River, Cumberland Island, Savannah, Charleston, and the Outer Banks. Timing will be flexible, of course.
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