BIGGER on the INSIDE is the theme for this segment of our adventure. Everything is large, especially from the kayak. This photo was taken while on the kayak in Ft. Lauderdale on the way to Southport Raw Bar.
This is where we tied up the kayak...a closed marina...nice. Our kayak is the spot at the dock in the distance.
Charlie has been coming here every time he visited Ft Lauderdale for the past 25 years or so. Never sat outside before. We let Ashley talk us into grilled oysters, now we're at a RAW bar, so we partook. Yummy!!!!
When we're on the kayak people are friendly. Eileen gets the occasional but regular comment, "He's not pedaling" and Charlie just smiles and gives them the shhhh sign. But in a place like this you just got to pay attention. We're small fry down here!
We also did the 'river' around the Ft Lauderdale Yacht Club.
Charlie visited our friend, Phil Tate, here a number of years back when he was sailing a FINN and training with USSailing at this club. What's interesting is Phil called a few days before we got here...
The 'boxes' stacked along the fence are Opti's, we estimate about a 100. Imagine seeing these in the harbor!
Now when TARDIS is on the move the people we pass are nothing like the west coast and the keys...where everyone waves. Here you mostly get stared down and IF you wave, they look away. Well unless you are getting passed like these friendly folds on "Brothers Love" from SC or the folks on "Gentle Presense" from OH.
Back to Bigger stuff
Here's an example
The marinas are full of them
We think this is Tiger Woods Fleet in front of his house. What you can't see is the nine Hobie Kayaks, all new, on the beach.
Then there are the ships
And passing Tugs
Not everything is big...here's the smallest tug boat...15' long maybe
and the ICW's version of the TIKI BARGE
HOUSES - bigger than boats inside
Amazing how much construction is going on
What about this gem...it is not a painting!
And then which is bigger - house or boat?
TARDIS has now passed or gone under 27 bridges since entering the ICW at Ft. Lauderdale. We thought it would be stressful and it is. But the first two days got us thinking "this isn't so bad"
The newer ones are quite nice
These take longer to open - single spans
There are right of way rules too. The boats going with the current get to go first.
Some are under construction. This bridge, Southern Boulevard Bridge was closed one of the days we traveled so we had to stop short and spent a night at Lantana. The bridge tenders do not know when the bridge will close in advance.
We were hoping it would be open the next day and it was. This is just after we passed looking back.
And Mar-a-Lago is here.
This is the Presidential Security Zone. You are not allowed to stop or leave the shipping channel. President Trump is arriving today so we're told the ICW shuts down when he arrives or moves about. We left Lantana Bridge at 7:30 and passed this bridge at 9am, long before he arrived. Glad to pass this place, no further comment.
Since our last post we've spent nights at
Lake Boca Raton
- last day of February.
This is where our friend Mike parents lived. Charlie got to spend NYE here a few years ago with Mike and his parents, Jim & Betty, in their condo overlooking Lake Boca Raton. Great memories and to be here anchored is something special. This is sunrise at the anchorage.
- first day of March 2018
This is supposedly Florida's oldest bar, Old Key Lime House.
And this is the Lantana Bridge from our anchorage. We did not go ashore, which happens allot on the TARDIS. We enjoy hanging on the boat still!
As we're learning, on the east coast, boats like to anchor close. This trawler shows up, drops anchor, settles back and asks me if this is ok. He has an accent, not sure if he understood what I said. Then his buddy show up and this is the photo we took. They are about 30' away and should be ok
Ok...now think 9:30 pm. The wind went from E to NW. The current went changed 90 degrees. And the captain of the trawler and Charlie are looking at each other. He is hanging out his side and Charlie is standing in the companionway and they are 5' apart. When he says, "what to you think happened?" Charlie says, the wind changed to NW, the current flipped and when you anchored there was only one boat, not two".
There was little wind at the time and Charlie said he's not worried, if he bumped into each other we'd both know. And the other captains wife asked if we were enjoying the music. Perfect night...we did not bump.
North Lake Worth
- Friday, March 2nd, 2018
TARDIS moved further north looking for a good anchorage with north wind protection. This provided us an opportunity for our 2nd docking since November 20th for 10g of fuel, pumpout and water. We stopped at Old Port Cove Marina. Not much current and floating dock. This is what we like. Easy docking, both ways, with the help of Nicky. $40 later we left. Charlie has learning to spin TARDIS in her 37' length to starboard. Perfect.
Nice spot...beautiful boats, great holding.
Here is the sunrise before we left in the morning.
Along the way we passed Jupiter Inlet the the lighthouse. This is a high current area and it's going out as we came to the bridge. Of course THIS bridge is slow. We've cleared with the sailboat on the other side that we're going through first since we're with the current. Charlie has to slow down, throws TARDIS into reverse, we slow. Noise of going into reverse at 5kn freaks us out. We get through, no problems with the police boat watching. How do you spell Adrenalin? We have it!
OK...TARDIS has been anchored for a few hours as this entry was created. And here we are...looking north at 22 knots of wind.
The boat is swinging at anchor ranging 200 to 250 feet from shore. Technology is amazing and the TARDIS anchor is even better.
A trawler just anchored behind us and drug...hmmm
Other interesting sites along the way
Reminds us of a few years back when we hauled out Fun Police at the end of the season. We like to have FUN!!!!!