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Two If By Sea
05/08/2011, Ft Lauderdale

We were here two years ago and went into the ocean where I am positive that I saw a shark swim between us. Not possible today. Why? The poor fish would have been trampled by all the people. There were so many on the beach that they had to take numbers to go into the water. I still can't believe the number of people. Maybe it was because of Mother's Day.

Easy day today, even with 10 bridges. On the way, we saw a Hunter sailboat by the name of Bright Star. There used to be such a boat at Burnt Store Marina and for a while it was on our dock. The owners put it on the market. This captain purchased it sometime last year and moved it to Boca Raton. It is not unusual to come across people on boats you know. In fact, whilevat the marina this afternoon, we watched a boat come into a slip and saw that it was from Punta Gorda. Another boat here is on its way to All American Boat Yard in Charlotte Harbor.

Tomorrow we are off to Key Biscayne, past Miami. From there, I think we will work our way down the Keys, enjoy the solitude and do some swimming.

On The Move Again
05/07/2011, Delray Beach Fl

We are anchored in Delray Beach after an easy 6 ½ hour ride down the ICW, although a slow one. We left the marina at 8:00 this morning and headed south through Lake Worth, past Palm Beach. One of the problems with today's segment is that there are 10 bridges to pass through, some are on demand and will open whenever you arrive and some are on a set schedule and open only on designated times, such as on the hour and on the half hour. On two occasions we were a minute or two late and had to wait for a half hour before the bridge would open. I would pass that time by practicing backing up the boat to an object in the water. I don't do much reversing and this is good practice for whenever I try to back our boat into a slip. Maybe this summer, although I say that each year.

We saw one very interesting thing in West Palm. We were going past a commercial dock where a large ship was docked. Along side we noticed a 60+ foot private yacht just waiting. We looked again and we saw that the commercial boat had another private yacht hanging over the side in a sling, raising it up. Apparently, it was loading these boats on board to transport them across the Atlantic. Not sure what is done with them when on board but believe they are put in water onboard, moved into stands, and the water pumped out. Like a dry dock.

Tomorrow we head to Ft. Lauderdale and a mooring ball. It's a short trip of about four hours and another ten bridges. Then it's off to the beach. We were there two years ago and I know I saw a shark swim past us. Not sure how far we will go in this time. Then off to Miami.

We're Still Here
05/06/2011, North Palm Beach

We're still here, but leaving tomorrow. Watching the weather last night and this morning, we decided to stay another day. Rain this morning and predicted thunder storms this afternoon made the decision easy. We have days to kill and there is no reason to put us out there in bad weather, particularly when we have to deal with opening 10 bridges during the next segment. I might also add that we both have had a cold and cough and the extra day will only help in getting through that.

Did you know that the shuttle launch has been delayed again? The new tentative date is May 16. The original date was April 19. We waited through three dates and there is no guarantee that the 16th is good.

Another Goal Achieved
05/05/2011, North Palm Beach

We may not have reached the goal of witnessing a shuttle launch, we did make it to Duffy's at North Palm Beach. We had anticipated anchoring in North Lake Worth and we would have taken our dinghy to a spot near the restaurant. But, the dockage deal was just too good to pass up. It was so good that, because of the rain this morning, we stayed another night. This allowed us to do some boat chores, such as changing the oil and washing the boat. Instead of boating to Duffy's, we walked the mile distance, hit the grocery store, and Patty got her hair trimmed.

Tomorrow, we are back on the water to an anchorage in Delray Beach. We stayed there two years ago and those in the know will understand when I say it is like Cape Haze. It's only about 28 miles from here but we have to go through 10 bridges which usually slows down the trip. Two years ago it took us 6 ½ hours. Without the bridges, it should take 4 ½ hours. We only have time on our side.

05/08/2011 | ConchyJoe
My first job as a teenager was as a bagboy at that very Publix. Back then Duyys was actually an Eckerds Drugstore.
05/04/2011, North Palm Beach

We had an early start today after a quiet evening at Peck Lake. This anchorage is now one of our favorites. Unfortunately, it's on the east coast. It is a great spot to go either north or south on the ICW from Stuart. We headed south towards West Palm, with no wind. That's a first. The first part of the four hour trip looked as if we were in a jungle, with just trees and mangroves on each side of the waterway. We then entered Hobe Sound, flanked by very nice homes on one side and undeveloped shores on the other. We then got to Jupiter where the scenery deteriorated to old, small homes and commercial sites. At least this ended at North Palm Beach. We stopped in at North Palm Beach Marina for fuel. The dock hand was quite the salesperson, because after we fueled up with a Boat US discount, he told us we could have a slip with a 75% discount. That, with the thought of air conditioning, showers, laundry, cable tv, and wifi was too much to turn down. Any cruiser would understand. Oh, that's right, American Idol is tonight. This marina consists of mostly sport fishers, rather large ones and other cruising craft. So we squeezed our boat into a large slip between two very nice boats. Also, as we pulled into the slip, in the parking lot facing our slip were two Bentleys, a Mercedes, and a BMW. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be windy. Surprise! Possible rain, too. Who knows, we may be here another day. Duffy's will just have to wait.

05/08/2011 | ConchyJoe
I made $250 once at that Marina. A lady dropped her $10,000 diamond ring off one of the docks, and they hired me to retrieve it. It took me about 30 minutes once in dive gear and in the water to find it. I though I was rich!
Peck Lake
05/03/2011, Near West Palm Beach

We are currently at Peck Lake off the ICW south of the St. Lucie Inlet. It was a 40-mile day with wind of 15-20 mph on our nose. Once again, no sailing or motorsailing. The Cruising Guide states that you need to get past a 4 to 4-1/2 foot shoal to enter the deeper areas of the lake. We were told that was incorrect and we would have no problem. Actually, we saw nothing under ten feet. Good protection from easterly and southwesterly winds. Not too many boats here today but this isn't the weekend either. This was one of our neigboring boats in the anchorage. Although we did not do it, the Atlantic is only about 100 yards away and you could hear the surf during the night. Tomorrow is a short day of 20 miles to North Lake Worth at West Pslm Beach. Did I tell you there is a Duffy's there? We'll probably spend a couple of nights there because if anticipated weather.

05/05/2011 | ConchyJoe
I spent a lot of time at Peck Lake when I was a kid. It was actually an inlet a long time ago. We called it the imaginary city between Stuart and Jupiter: Stupiter.. :-)

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