21 May 2016 | Snead Island Boat Works, Manatee River
11 April 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
17 March 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
02 March 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
02 March 2016 | Crow's Nest Marina, Venice, FL
21 February 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
17 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
16 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
15 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
13 February 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
31 January 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
25 January 2016 | Burnt Store Marina, FL
21 January 2016 | Platinum Point Yacht Club, Burnt Store Marina, Charlotte Harbor Florida
20 January 2016 | Sarasota Mooring Field
28 December 2015 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
16 December 2015 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
06 December 2015 | Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL
02 December 2015 | Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL
30 November 2015 | Clearwater Harbor Marina, Clearwater, FL
28 November 2015 | Moorings Marina, Carrabelle, FL
First Ancorage of the Season
06 January 2012 | Devils/Hoffman, Berry Islands
Short post and no photo until we get to Nassau tomorrow. Tonight we are at the beautiful anchorage ringed by several cays, including Devils, Hoffman and White. We anchored here last year.
We had an easy motor with almost no wind and no seas. It's just over 28 nm and we got here in about four and a half hours. We had a bit of trouble with the anchor. It wouldn't drop and I had to go down and free the chain in the chain locker. When I got back up the boat had drifted a bit back up on the chain that was down. When we tried to set the anchor the first time, Bud thought we were still moving back. I'm not sure we were straight on the chain yet, but we pulled it up and tried again. It had obviously been buried because it was covered with sand and weeds. We rinsed it off by letting it drag in the water as we repositioned. The second time all went well.
We've been to shore twice, and Bud caught two fish off the boat. We identified them as Margates, good eating quality (not very good or excellent). He threw both of them back. Bud said about a four foot barracuda was after the second one he caught. He didn't even take the time to net it, just yanked it on board so the barracuda didn't get it.
I signaled sunset with the conch horn. I took it with us to take Fuzzy ashore after he ate, as we would be ashore at sunset. I managed to fall getting out of the dinghy as we landed on the beach. I redeemed myself because I was the only one who could blow the horn. A nice man from Germany was there with two of his sons. The family had been at Great Harbour Marina and we'd met them there. They have a beautiful 62 foot Deerfoot, a boat Bud and I have admired since we started looking at bluewater boats.
Bud is cooking supper and I am going to try to post this via the SSB radio. I'll add the pictures tomorrow, hopefully I'll have good internet.