After 17 days at Indiantown Marina working on TARDIS, we headed NE up the St. Lucie River and anchored in Pendarvis Cove Anchorage in Stuart, FL.
This is the same anchorage we spent the night in last March. It's quiet and easy here, the way we like it to get our cruising hat on. We're with about a dozen boats, several from the marina.
It's simply amazing when you get away from the dock, where you can't see much, to the views an anchorage provides. No BUGS either!
But then it got down to 38 the first night. We used our Origo 5100 HEAT PAL that was purchased last year and rarely used.
The 18NM trip up the St. Lucie is pretty much a straight shot until you get to Stuart area, when it begins to wind.
This was the first time TARDIS used it's new Autopilot. It worked great the first time out. Can't wait to test it under sail with waves and see how it does then. It sure will be nice to to have. The auto pilot that came with the boat was original and at least 30 years old. It was never dependable.
Today's trip was relatively easy with just RR swing bridge that we had to wait to open just outside Indianatown Marina, and the LOCK!
The St. Lucie Lock was easy going down 12' compared to March, when we went up 12'. Much thanks to the great lock tenders and our preparation, which was much better this time.
When we got to our anchorage we used our Sena SHH10 Bluetooth headsets. It was nice to just talk to each other rather then using hand signals and yelling.
We anchored in 8.5' of water at high tide and put out 90' of chain on our brand new ROCHNA 44lb Anchor.
After a nice Spaghetti dinner prepared by chef Eileen and a hot shower it was time to retire and feel the boat rock at anchor....ah!!!!