Jascat to the Bahamas

21 October 2014 | Docked along the St Lucie River in Stuart, Fl
13 October 2014 | Docked along the St Lucie Canal Between the Bridges
12 October 2014 | Anchored in the Manatee Pocket, Stuart, Fl
08 October 2014 | Anchored Between the Bridges
07 October 2014 | Anchored in Ding Darling
06 October 2014 | Pelican Bay
03 October 2014 | Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage
09 June 2014 | Sitting on the blocks in Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage
07 June 2014 | Anchored off Cattle Dock Point
05 June 2014 | Anchored just off the Ding Darling Park on Sanibel Island
02 June 2014 | Anchored near marker #7 in the Indian River
31 May 2014 | Anchored off Long Key just south of Fiesta Key
29 May 2014 | Tied to dock at Dinner Key Marina
28 May 2014 | Tied to dock at Pier 3, slip 3
20 May 2014 | Tied to dock at Dinner Key Marina
12 May 2014 | Tied to mooring ball in the Dinner Key Mooring Field
07 May 2014 | Nassau Harbor Club Marina
06 May 2014 | Tied to dock at Nassau Harbor Club Marina
02 May 2014 | Anchored off Black Point, Great Guana Cay
29 April 2014 | Anchored west of Big Majors Spot

Another Day Touring John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

21 March 2013 | On a mooring ball in Largo Sound
John/really, really nice
Fellow park visitor, a White Ibis

As I was writing yesterday's blog, I was thinking that we would be moving on today. Later in the evening, however, Ann and I got to talking about how great a time we had kayaking the park's mangrove trails and how we probably wouldn't ever find a greater place to kayak. So we looked at each other and asked, “then why are we leaving? The park has 5 sets of recommended two hour or less loops and we've only done one of them.” So we decided to stay over another day. (Which still means we have only done two of the five loops, we've got to come back.)

Staying turned out to one of our best decisions. I'm too pooped to go into detail but we saw more rays (5 large spotted and 2 small gray rays), another young manatee, and the days highlight, a return performance by the manatee mom and calf. And of course we saw many interesting animals on land including several types of shore birds like the Ibis above, an iguana, and a very frazzled looking squirrel. Maybe he had run into the iguana.

The most exciting happening during the day didn't actually involve us. Around noon, the park was covered with law enforcement including the Coast Guard. We found out from the marina manager that they were all there because of a botched turtle rescue. A boater returning to the marina reported an injured turtle to the park rangers. No civilian is allowed to touch a wild turtle (we found that out at the Turtle Hospital), so a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer went back out with the boater to pick up the turtle. While doing so, the officer managed to fall off the boat (or into the boat, I'm not sure which) and cut up his face. The turtle was nevertheless retrieved and taken back to the dock with the officer being quickly taken off to the hospital. The turtle, which was about one foot long and Ann says very bedraggled looking, meanwhile waited in a small tub of water until the Turtle Hospital Ambulance arrived.

There must have been a dozen officers of various types walking about the docks mulling all this over. Guess it was a slow day on the island.

Tomorrow we are off to Boca Chita.
Vessel Name: Jascat
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105Mc (hull #1006)
Hailing Port: San Antonio, Texas
Crew: John and Ann Barton (and Sarah, part time)
We took our first sailing lessons in Seattle's Lake Union back in the 80's. Since then we have owned a McGregor 26, a Catalina 27 and a Catalina 36. Jascat is our first catamaran. [...]
Jascat is a fairly stock Gemini 105Mc (hull #1006). She has the factory option davits and solar panels. We have added air conditioning, a Standard Horizon chartplotter, Balmar 70 amp alternator and ARS-5 regulator, and a Lewmar windlass. Most all the lighting has been upgraded to LED's. The [...]
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