Day Three - Naples to Pavillion Key
18 April 2021 | Pavillion Key
Warren Renninger | Clear
Off the mooring ball at 07:30 and to the fuel dock for 8.6 gallons of diesel. Despite being worked at 2/3 throttle for 10 hours yesterday Breeze averaged .56 gallons per hour. The folks at the Naples City Dock were friendly and helpful.
Down the River and we tacked 3 miles west into the Gulf to get a better angle on the wind. The wind was SSW and our course S. Turned south and with 1/3 throttle we did 5 knots until an hour later when the wind shifted a few degrees south. Another tack out 3 miles west and back on course at 5 knots.
Once past the Cape Romano shoals south of Marco Island we steered east toward Pavillion Key, in the Everglades National Park. Once turned east the wind was good enough to shutdown the engine and really sail. After an hour the wind dropped and we were motor-sailing again.
At Pavillion, we found the charted anchorage there has shoaled in and we ended up anchoring with no protection from the southerly winds. Luckily the wind and waves dropped off to a comfortable degree. 52 miles.