Day Seventeen - Little Shark River to Marco Island
30 April 2021 | Smokehouse Bay, Marco Island
Warren Renninger | Clear
Up early, checked the engine and upped anchor. I dressed out in long pajamas, socks, hat, shoes, and bug spray. Out under the tent to the bow to pull up the anchor. The no-see-ums were terrible but my outfit helped a lot. We motored out into the gulf and let the tent dry out from the evening dew. When I took the tent down an hour later, we were swarmed by the little buggers and swatted them all day until about 2 pm.
The weather was clear but the winds were light and variable so it was motor the whole way. About 3:30 the winds finally picked up just as we arrived at Marco. You can see the photo of my first mate as I lowered the sailed and turned up the Marco channel. 48 miles.
We motored into Collier Bay and them along the condos and homes to Smokehouse Bay. Nice spot, well protected, but you are anchoring in someone’s backyard. Go under a little bridge and there is a Winn-Dixie store with a dinghy dock to tie up to for an hour. We restocked my wine cellar and went off to dinner at Cocomos. Great food and drinks.