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Sunset Bay Marina & Anchorage
04/16/2009, Stuart, FL

The mooring ball field here is getting full and we have a prime spot for watching the sunset. The facility is new and terrific, though not completed as the boaters' lounge and shipstore are not available yet. The town is a few blocks away and is full of resorty shops and galleries, complete with a concert planned for the city part Friday pm and a jazz concert on Sunday afternoon! We enjoyed two-for-one margaritas last night at a good Mexican restaurant. We will be here for several days as a front blows through, but there is plenty to keep us busy.

04/17/2009 | Dave & Linda
Hi from Vegas. We are here for the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals. Lots of fun. Finding recession type sites to enjoy as well. Barb and Chris are here from Scottsdale as well. This is our first chance to catch up on your blog. Have a great voyage "across". Love and prayers.
Dave & Linda
Stuart - 4/15/09

We are at Sunset Bay Marina which has a mooring ball field managed by the City of Stuart, Florida. We have made it to the east coast. Our last night at Indiantown Marina was quite interesting. First, we found an Italian restaurant in town that would come to the marina and pick us up for dinner and then drive us back. A great service for those traveling by boat when the marina is not immediately adjacent to a community. After our return from dinner, a front came through and the winds picked up to 35 to 40 mph for a couple of hours. After making sure the boat was secure, Patty and I headed to the boater's lounge to watch some television. One boater told us he registered a gust of 60 mph. We pulled out of Indiantown at 9:00 this morning and arrived here by 1:30 pm., having to go through another lock on the St. Lucie River that lowered us about 8 feet. We plan on being here until Monday or Tuesday when the weather should be right to cross over to the Bahamas.

Indiantown Marina

With a warning to mariners this am for high winds, we decided to stay in a slip in this marina/boatyard for another day, rather than get out there for five hours to Stuart and a mooring ball. So, a few boat chores (killing ants as they moved down our dock lines, laundry, etc.) today while the weather blows through. It looks as though there may be a Bahamas crossing window Monday or Tuesday, so we'll go to Stuart tomorrow and wait and watch. This marina has rickety docks that swing and sway as you walk on them, but nice facilities otherwise--screened porch with tv, kitchen facilities, big patio with tables/chairs, etc. That's it from Indiantown--

04/15/2009 | Jack Field
Fantastic...I hope all continues to go well. Jack is getting a stem cell donation from Kim Bauer, so he will survive and Tony switched to the dark side again. Smooth Sailing for U.
04/15/2009 | Barbie & Jerry
Hooray for the tipper! Keep up the interesting posts! We miss you here!
Lake O
04/13/2009, Indiantown Marina

We left the Clewiston marina at 8:00 a.m. and motored out through the marked channels to Lake O, the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S. It took us about 1 ½ hours as we worked our way through the narrow, shallow areas until we reached the deeper portions of open water. Although the water depths were only about 12 feet, there were no concerns for about 15 miles, and the wind was approximately 15 mph, gusting to 18 mph. We pulled out the head sail and motor-sailed for the 15 miles, averaging 6.5 knots. Terrific! At the other end, we went through another lock and then faced a real challenge - a 49 foot clearance bridge and our mast is 52 feet. We took advantage of Billie the Tipper to "tip" our boat over to get under the bridge. To do this, he used 6 barrels of water along the deck of our boat, totaling 2400 pounds. After completing the "Okeechobee Limbo", tipping us about 25 degrees, we continued on to Indiantown Marina for the night. Overall, we traveled about 32 miles today. Tonight, it's Dancing With the Stars at the marina's boater's lounge. Tomorrow, we press on to Stuart for a mooring ball field where we will wait for the right weather to cross over to the Bahamas

04/13/2009 | rick
awesome. already a bunch of characters and a zany adventure. need some photos of you two as well.
Planned Lake O Crossing
04/12/2009, Clewiston

Here is a map of Lake O, showing our intended route across to Port Mayaca Lock and on to Indian Town Marina for a night, then to Stuart.

Day 3
04/12/2009, Clewiston

Happy Easter--our waterway journey continued as we motored from Labelle east to Clewiston via Moore Haven. A few locks and bridges and a hot, still route. East of Moore Haven is a ditch/canal to Clewiston, full of gators! We stopped counting about 20. We arrived at Roland Moore's marina/fish camp and took our spot on the 700-foot wall for a few days. The showers are great, but the DJ music until 12:38 pm kept the deep sleep from arriving--lots of interesting people to visit in the am, including a couple and captain on a 64-ft. power cruiser bound for the Italy! Gorgeous. This place is old Florida with bass fishermen and gators. We've met a couple from England and from Paris so far! Tomorrow, weather permitting, we hope to head across Lake O to a mooring ball field in Stuart. Will let you know.

04/13/2009 | Hep Wilkins
I think I would tie up to the power cruiser headed for Italy. Great updates. Smooth sailing (eventually). Hep
04/19/2009 | Jess&Sheri
we've waited til you had more time, didn't want to bother you while crossing the state. sounds great so far, we think of you guys often and wish only the best for you world travelers. keep us informed of your progess and keep photos coming. ed said they might try and meet up with you guys after you cross over. sounds just super. will keep up now that you've crossed the state.

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