23 November 2009 | Marathon, Florida
We are finally in the Florida Keys after spending 2 weeks in Panama City waiting for weather. We ended up moving from Panama City municipal to St. Andrew's Marina because it had better protection from the southeast winds predicted for Ida. St Andrews is the commercial marina so we were tied up along side the shrimp boats and long line fishing trawlers. As it turned out Ida went ashore at Mobile Bay and all we got were some squalls with rain and gusty winds. The local air force base clocked max winds at 48 mph. After the storm passed we had to wait a few days for the gulf to calm down before we could leave. You know the old superstition about not starting a journey on Friday or you will have bad luck. Well apparently we aren't susperstitious (or we're just stupid) beacause not only did we leave on Friday but we left on Friday the 13th. Luckily everything went well. We left PC and went intercoastal to Appalachicola. We went offshore at 4 pm Friday afternoon. Winds were supposed to be light out of the N and seas 1-3 feet. For the first 12 hrs or so the winds were West at 15+ and seas were about 3-4. Luckily they calmed to the predicted 1-3 so we just kept on going. Sunday sunset found us 30 miles from Marathon and stuck in a sea of crab traps. There were hundreds of them everywhere. We were afraid of getting one stuck in the prop so for the last couple of hours Nick and David stood on the bow with a spotlight shining the traps while I steered around them. We finally anchored just off Marathon at 9 pm. Monday we came into the harbor and took a mooring. We plan to stay here through Thanksgiving.