Buddy Boating Adventures at Ramrod Key
05 February 2016 | Boot Key Harbor
We are back at Marathon after three days cruising with our new friends, Bob and Carol Abel. They also own an Island Packet sailboat that is moored not far from Aria. So on Tuesday we both cast off the mooring lines and buddy-boated to Newfound Harbor, then took turns hosting dinners aboard. It was great fun.
Seeking shelter from 20kt easterlies, we anchored off a locals hangout called, Picnic Island. It's a spit of land so small that you can't walk more than 20 steps in any direction. The next day we braved a frothy harbor to reach Ramrod Key's system of boat canals. Once in the canals, we enjoyed a protected cruise to Looe Key Resort Tiki Bar for lunch and drinks. We explored the key a bit on foot, though there's really nothing there. Still, for some reason everything is more interesting when I have arrived there by boat.
From Marathon we sailed wing on wing for much of the way west to Newfound Harbor. The trip back was close-hauled during a small craft advisory. Winds were 15-25; seas 5-6'. It was spirited, but fun. Aria performed well, and seems ready for more ambitious adventures. Meanwhile, we have two fronts coming through over the next three days (sheesh!), so we're hunkered down here in our little oasis of Boot Key Harbor - once again - provisioning and getting caught up on work.