12 November 2015 | Anna Maria, FL
After several wonderful and blissful days of beach walking and relaxing it was time to get underway again. We had re-explored our old haunts including the beach across from Murdock Bayou, the little mangrove creek that leads to a lagoon and beach, and we also had our requisite cheeseburger at Cabbage Cay.
We got up early for a 5 AM departure down the ICW to Boca Grande Pass. We had a fair breeze of 15-20 knots out of the SE, and a fair tide to shoot us out of the pass and by daylight we had turned north and were headed to home waters. All this was not before we tangled the main salon hatch in the boom vang during a gybe of the mainsail and ripped the hatch right out of the deck. We just added another item to the list of projects to do over the Holidays.
We were off Longboat Pass in the early afternoon, after a wonderful and fast sail up the coast. As we closed the pass, it became evident that things had changed a lot since we were last here, but despite that, the marks were accurate and we got in without any problems. Our plan was to anchor in the cove by Moore’s Seafood Restaurant, a traditional spot for us for the last night out. We found the place full of moored boats and couldn’t find a spot we liked to anchor, so we went further up the channel to the Seafood Shack restaurant and anchored off their docks. The next morning we contacted Darrel, the dockmaster and got our slip assignment for Allegria’s new home for the next several months.
The restaurant has undergone a renovation and the docks are a work in progress. We however are not looking for amenities and just need a good place to work on the boat close to Anna Maria, and this fits the bill just right, being convenient and priced half what the marinas in Bradenton would be.
Now we are going to try to start marking things off the project list and also have some fun over the holidays. I’ll try to make note of our progress and what’s going on over the next couple of months.