s/v Far Niente - Cruising Log

Spring 2015 - The Florida Keys

11 March 2015 | Marathon, FL
19 February 2015 | Marathon, FL
09 January 2015 | Vaca Key - Marathon, FL
10 December 2014 | West Palm Beach, FL
01 December 2014 | West Palm Beach
20 November 2014 | West Palm Beach, FL
05 October 2014 | Port Royal, SC
24 February 2014
17 February 2014 | South Carolina
01 June 2013 | Port Royal Landing Marina
16 May 2013 | Anchored Cocoa, FL
26 April 2013 | Marathon, FL
21 December 2012 | Harbour Cay Club, Marathon, FL
07 December 2012 | Mooring #30, St. Augustine Municipal Marina
31 August 2012 | Dataw Island Marina, SC
13 June 2012 | Conch House Marina, St. Augustine, FL
08 June 2012 | New Smyrna Beach, FL
03 June 2012 | Harbour Isle Marina, Ft. Pierce, FL, USA
29 May 2012 | Old Bahama Bay Marina at West End

Back in the U.S. of A.

03 June 2012 | Harbour Isle Marina, Ft. Pierce, FL, USA
PHOTO ABOVE: Far Niente at Harbor Isle Marina after 8 weeks in the Bahamas
West End, Bahamas to Ft. Pierce, FL, USA, Harbour Isle Marina
Distance: 87.6
Time: 11:35
Location:27 27.587'N:80 18.487'W

We backed out of the slip just after sunrise, headed out the turning basin and channel and set the course for 295 degrees to cross the Gulf Stream. Funny thing, though, as the waves were out of the SW and the winds were out of the W at 15-20 knots. This was NOT what weather was forecasted. With the wind out of the west carrying sail was frustrating. We plodded along for several hours but the wind did not clock to the SW or S at all. After we completed about 1/3rd of the leg, seas began to calm and the Gulf Stream boost became apparent. With motor on at 2600 rpm we do about 6.5 knots. As we headed toward Ft. Pierce, the Gulf Stream had us moving along at up to 8.9 knots at times, though the boost was to generally around 8 knots SOG. As we headed northwest winds died, still out of the west, and seas flattened. Thunderstorms were south of us at our midway point and appeared to be moving 90 degrees relative to our coarse. On board radar did not show any squalls as we headed for the Ft. Pierce inlet. It was a very grey day and the combination of flat seas with SOG running 8.0 - 8.6 knots was just a bit erie.

Fifteen miles from the Ft. Pierce inlet the wind started to pick up, as did the seas, and the Gulf Stream boost slowly fell off. We hit the inlet just after 5 pm and just after the predicted peak flood current of 3.2 knots. As we entered the jetty and the channel we got a real nice boost to 10.9 knots SOG. If this had been the ebb, well, whole other story. Turning north on the ICW, just south of Ft. Pierce, the wind began to howl to 25 knots. It is a pattern we see over and over; no wind when you want it and max wind as you prepare to enter a marina you are completely unfamiliar with. This time it was no big deal as we elected to stay at Harbour Isle Marina, where our buddy boat 'Crisitina' hangs out when she is not cruising.

Harbour Isle Marina maybe one of the most protected we have had the pleasure to stay in. The docks are in a completely protected basin with no current and no depth issues what so ever. The condominiums surrounding the basin block much of the wind. The facility is outstanding with 60' long concrete floating docks, a real rarity in most of Florida. We were tied off just before 6:00 pm and back in the USA. I placed my arrival call to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and received our arrival number. Friday AM we headed over to the St. Lucie County airport to appear in person and were in and out in 10 minutes.

We spent 8 weeks in the Bahamas this season. We had many, many wonderful days and those memories will bring us back. We understand why the Abacos are so popular.

We also had some real crappy weather and many periods of extended rain; all the veterans said the pattern this spring was 'unusual'. Well, yeah. Two named tropical storms in May.

We have reprovisioned Far Niente in preparation for travels north. Hoping to arrive in Beaufort, SC in the next 10-14 days. Going to take it nice and easy up the FL ICW until we get a weather window to head back out on the Atlantic and make for Port Royal Sound.
Vessel Name: formerly - Far Niente
Vessel Make/Model: formerly - Island Packet 45 (#33)
Hailing Port: Beaufort, SC
Crew: Marjorie and Jeff Graham
About: CRUISERS June 2010 to May 2015.
formerly - Far Niente's Photos - Main
A collection of photos from spring in the Bahamas
6 Photos
Created 1 April 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 January 2012
A collection of photos taken along the way as we made our way from the Chesapeake to South Carolina
17 Photos
Created 9 November 2011
Pictures of the newly installed cockpit grate.
10 Photos
Created 7 July 2011
Photos of JFK's Presidential sailing yacht, Manitou
10 Photos
Created 26 June 2011
Photos of the various places we are stopping as we make our way back north for summer 2011.
3 Photos
Created 28 April 2011
A collection of photos, including some from the Turtle Hospital.
5 Photos
Created 26 March 2011
Pictures of a variety of projects underway or completed on Far Niente
3 Photos
Created 7 March 2011
Photos from the Florida Keys.
19 Photos
Created 19 February 2011
Photos from Florida 2011
10 Photos
Created 1 February 2011
First batch of pix from our stay in Beaufort and a few from our previous stop, Charleston. Maybe the 2 best stops the entire journey.
18 Photos
Created 2 December 2010
We really like Georgetown.
12 Photos
Created 10 November 2010
A couple photos taken by Tom Jones (original owner of Far Niente when it was Christiana) Tom was on a fall delivery on a Grand Banks Eastbay 38 from the Great Lakes to Annapolis. On a very windy, cool early Sunday morning 50 miles north of Annapolis, they were motoring south on the Chesapeake at 23 kts and just happened to spot us exiting the Sassafras River headed for Annapolis for the sailboat show. What are the odds? A chance but great encounter none the less.
2 Photos
Created 1 November 2010
2 Photos
Created 17 October 2010
Photos from our stop at Cape May, NJ
10 Photos
Created 27 September 2010
Photos from our stop in NY and NJ (Liberty Landing)
5 Photos
Created 14 September 2010
A selection of photos from our stay in Troy and Catskill, NY including stepping our mast.
18 Photos
Created 10 September 2010
10 Photos
Created 20 August 2010
5 Photos
Created 19 August 2010
A couple of pictures of our ongoing excellent dining experience and the Credit Village Marina we are staying at
10 Photos
Created 11 August 2010
A few photos from Port Dalhousie.
6 Photos
Created 9 August 2010
Pictures from our transit of the Welland Canal, down bound from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario
11 Photos
Created 9 August 2010
Photos from our leg from DeTour to Lake St. Clair
8 Photos
Created 27 July 2010
A couple pix from our stop at DeTour.
2 Photos
Created 24 July 2010
Photos from the Mack Island and the after regatta party
7 Photos
Created 20 July 2010
Collection of photos from June 22 to July 17 from our travels around Charlevoix, Beaver Island and Mackinaw.
17 Photos
Created 18 July 2010
A few photos of some of the things we changed/added to Far Niente in the summer of 2009.
3 Photos
Created 3 April 2010
5 Photos
Created 21 March 2010
Interior photos for friends and family who have not been aboard....YET!
18 Photos
Created 22 February 2010
Pix from the summer 2009 sailing season
8 Photos
Created 21 February 2010