Mega yachts in garages
05 April 2008 | Lake Worth to Sylvia Lake, Fort Lauderdale, FL
November 15, 2007
Lake Worth to Sylvia Lake, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Kelly and I were up at 6AM to get the boat ready and have some coffee. We picked up anchor and were underway by 6:45AM right after the first rays of sunlight broke over the horizon. I motor us out of Lake Worth and into the ICW. We are not far from the Fort Pierce Inlet where we will head offshore. Once we're in the inlet I had Kelly steer so I could make us some English Muffins before we get out on the ocean. As I start to cook the rollers were coming in the channel from the sea and wakes from large powerboats passing were causing us to roll a lot. I managed to finish heating the muffins without incident. Kelly and I consumed them quickly in the cockpit as we motored out. Kelly's muffin hit the floor just once, sliding off the plate landing peanut butter side down on the cockpit floor. Not bad considering the conditions. I wake the girls up since the rollers are going to make sleeping in the v-berth dangerous, they could fall out of their bunks. They join us in the cockpit where they continue to sleep.
There is less than 10 knots of wind so we motor with the Genoa up. The sail helps stabilize the boat but not much more. The Bahamas are 50 miles from this inlet, as is Fort Lauderdale. We saw many high rises along the shoreline, some look like castles and others were just boring to look at.
The wind dies down further later on and the genoa was thrashing around. The wind was not strong enough to keep it full while the boat rolled in the waves. We rolled up the genoa and hoisted the stays'l instead. This smaller sail could be sheeted flat and would not flog against the rigging like the large genoa. At this point we were getting use to the rollers anyway and this exercise was just good seamanship.
We have almost continuous sightings of Portuguese Man of War and flying fish. The sightings kept us entertained. We also saw a single 5 foot long sunfish cruising on the surface. As we approached the Port Everglades inlet we spotted a sailfish chasing bait on the surface. We were trolling 2 lines behind the boat but it was only interested in the fish it was chasing. A couple miles out from the channel entrance we spot a freighter and 2 tankers anchored and a cruise ship heading in. Then we notice one of the tankers was in the process of anchoring. We heard a loud growling noise and could see what looked like a large cloud of orange brown smoke maybe a 100' long coming from the bow of the ship. With the binoculars we could see this was the anchor chain running out the hawse pipe in the ship's bow. These huge boats definitely make our boat appear small.
We enter the inlet with Cindy and John behind us. Just inside we have to wait for a 3:00 PM bridge opening. We see many mega yachts along with more freighters and cruise ships tied up at the docks. The kids couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a mega yacht with a helicopter on it. We passed through the bridge opening with other boats and motored a short distance into Lake Sylvia. We set the anchor and lowered the dinghy to go for a sightseeing ride. This is a very congested area with canals filled with beautiful boats docked in front of gorgeous palatial homes. The canals are laid out like roadways for the yachts. We took the dinghy up one after another looking for a place to tie up. We found a dock at a raw bar restaurant. A sign was posted telling boaters if you eat here you can tie up for free. We tied up and had a $5.00 pitcher of beer with dinner. We then went for a walk in search of stores. The area was built up with lots of stores. We found a dive shop, Lauderdale Diver, and the girls got fitted for their first set of swim fins. They are excited to use them in the Bahamas. The people were really nice there and stayed open after hours to help us out. We then walked to a Boater's World and a Publix supermarket. We then went back to the dinghy. As we motored back Kelly took some pictures of the garages used for the mega yachts that lined one side of the canal we travelled down. Danielle drove the dinghy back to our boat from there. We had to go under a low-foot bridge near our boat, we all ducked down to clear the bridge, Danielle does fine job running the boat. We stop by Tashmoo to see Cindy and John and make plans to leave at 8:00AM. We catch tomorrow's weather on the VHF radio, it's suppose to get cool here with a low of 56 degrees and a high of 74 degrees. It all sounds good to me.