Overnight to Florida!
19 December 2017 | Fort Lauderdale
Mostly a motor-sailing 28 hours to bypass Georgia and get to Fernandina Beach. But I didn't get sick- I'm hoping that's over!
Located just over the Georgia/Florida line, this was the second marina we saw with some serious hurricane damage- boats stranded high on land and fuel docks that were still not operational. We stayed on a mooring anticipating an ICW run to Fort Pierce in the morning.
This part of the ICW was beautiful- and just what we imagined it to be! Beautiful estates, palm trees, lots of boats, dolphins, signs to watch out for manatees! - just what the doctor ordered!
Going aground down here is just expected and not a big deal- except it is a real big deal for these northerners! Arriving at our marina for the night, the dockhand informed us to watch the tide because the entrance to the marina drops to 4 feet " but you can muscle through it". Needless to say, we ended up leaving at sunrise- on a rising tide. It seems like we are being pushed to move on!
Another ICW day to Palm Beach- and we crossed into warmer weather! High 70's and bright sunshine as we motored to an anchorage on the inside of Palm Beach. Dinner in the cockpit, no bugs, anchored among other boats planning to cross the Gulf Stream. We have decided to move further south to take advantage of the Gulf Stream current when we cross.
Raising anchor at 8 am heading for Fort Lauderdale offshore. Going offshore along this part of the Florida coast, amidst clear, warm water and less than 2 miles offshore allowed us some serious peeping at mansions, including Trump's Mar-A-Lago (White House south). (John swears Melania was topless on the beach). The picture is entitled " Puffy makes it to Mar-A-Lago"
We are currently at the Bahia Mar marina in Fort Lauderdale. John spoke to Chris Parker (famous weather-guy for boaters) who says we should cross the Gulf Stream from Miami on THURSDAY or we will have to wait at least a week!! So we are running around provisioning ( limited supplies in the Bahamas), John is changing the oil, filling tanks with water & diesel, deflating the dinghy so we can store it on deck for the crossing, and I'm doing some serious loads of laundry.
Fort Lauderdale beach is literally across the street from this laundry mat I'm sitting in at the marina.
That water is calling me!
We clear in to customs at Bimini, Bahamas by sunset Thursday. After that, we head further south to pick a spot to celebrate Christmas! Our new friends should be in the vacinity and we'll be with other sailors & boaters in the same situation- missing family but surrounded by warm sun, sand, and water and fish!
Merry, merry Christmas to all our friends and family. We miss you!
Let us know via email or text when you'll be in the Exumas! xo