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Monday, 28 March 2022
FL to CT Day 9
Fort Lauderdale, FL to Lantana, FL
Been a while since we had anchored in Lake Sylvia and we had a calm and peaceful night on the hook… it was so calm that we slept in… neither of us waking until about 0800… had wanted to get an early start… oh well. We pulled anchor and were underway at approximately 0915.

The day was so SLOW… SO VERY SLOW… bridge after bridge after bridge… far more idle speed no wake zones than yesterday… most of the day we were running at 5 knots of less… makes for a very long day… had planned to make it North Palm Beach area but it was not happening today…

We arrived at Lantana Bridge, and we were going to have to wait for an opening… that was it… a nice anchorage to our port side… looked like a great spot for the night.

We arrived at our destination for the night at Lantana, FL at approximately 1445 and were secure at anchor for the night at 1500. Our Position for the night is N26°34.956', W080°02.846'. We traveled today for 5.75 hours covering 61 nautical miles averaging 6.0 knots.

Posted at 3:34 PM
Sunday, 27 March 2022
FL to CT Day 8
Key Largo,FL to Fort Lauderdale, FL
We had a great stay at the Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club In Key Largo… had a great late lunch at the Blackwater Siren next to the resort and spent a couple hours lounging in the resort pool… we really enjoyed the short time we were there. We left at approximately 0830 and headed north up Jewfish Creek… still very shallow water but not leaving trail behind us today.

The forecast was for 10-15 knot NE winds light chop… started out this way but soon the forecast changed, and the CG was announcing small advisory on the radio… 15 to 20 knot winds with gusts to 25 knots… moderate chop. Was not bad at all to travel in but would just love to have a nice calm day of cruising… been windy since we left a week ago.

A lot of boats out which was expected being a Sunday… nothing terrible until we reached Miami… then the crazies came out and it seemed like hundreds of them going every direction possible… stopping dead center of the channel… waking us as they plowed by… it was total chaos. The boat traffic really did not stop all day… a few slower areas but most were crazy busy… sand bars were packed with boats anchored or beached on the sand bar.

This coast has so many bridges.. once we reached Miami, we were in no wake zones most of the time… we don’t go that fast to begin with but idle speed is a whole lot slower… and the police boats were out and pulling people over for speeding… saw dozens of them… so we kept it slow.

We were happy to arrive to our destination for the night… Lake Sylvia in Fort Lauderdale… was not as many boats here as I was expecting and we were able to find a nice spot with adequate space from the other boats.

We arrived at approximately 1815 and were secure at anchor for the night at approximately 1830. Our Position for the night is N26°06.268', W080°06.731'. We traveled today for 10.0 hours covering 61 nautical miles averaging 6.0 knots.
Posted at 7:45 PM
Saturday, 26 March 2022
FL to CT Day 7
Lignumvitae Key, FL to Key Largo,FL
We had a very interesting night on the mooring ball… winds picked up to over 20 knots and lines were really creaking as we swung on the ball in the wind… plus we had a current that was beam to the boat so the swing was extreme… it was a 1000lb mooring and we were assured it would hold us in any winds… I was not so sure so before we went to bed, I set the anchor drag alarm for 250 ft. About 5am I was awoken by the noise… I got up and checked the winds and they were gusting to 30 knots… we had 2-foot waves… then the anchor alarm went off… we were dragging the 1000lb mooring… was just getting ready to start the engines and we stopped dragging… wind settled down to less than 20 knots… I stayed up and monitored the wind and dragging… 0730 arrived and winds down to less than 15 knots… We had planned to stay here another day but with the events of early morning we decided to move on.

We dropped the mooring ball at 0830 and headed back out to the ICW… hunting for a new more protected area to anchor and get to land… we have not been to land at this point for 5 or is it 6 days… not sure… but the dogs need some land time and so do we….

The northerly winds evidently push the water out of Florida Bay in the Upper Keys… we were seeing a foot to 1.5 feet lower than charted depths… depth alarm was going off all days long… or the depth stopped working totally as it was too shallow to get a reading… between the shallow water and the crab pots it was an anxious day… did not hit any crab pots luckily… you could sure tell where we had been… leaving a trail of mud/sand in the water behind us.

We looked at every anchorage there was along the way and nothing seemed right… just no real wind protection for northerly winds and it was forecast to be windy again tonight so we wanted to be sure and be in a safe spot… We thought about Tarpon Bay in Key Largo… good wind protection but we could not find any place to land the dinghy to get to land… made several calls and asked about dinghy access and all said NO… no marinas of adequate size to accommodate us… finally we found two options at the far north end of Key Largo… Northeast end of Blackwater Sound at Jewfish Creek… Gilbert’s Resort and Anchorage Resort… made calls to both… Gilbert’s was no reservations… “fish come first serve”… Anchorage Resort was an answering machine… There was an anchorage option in the area as well… so we continued on hoping that there were either be space at Gilbert’s Resort or Anchorage Resort would call us back.

About 2 miles out Anchorage Resort called us back and we reserved a slip… YAY! Upon arriving to the area we saw that Gilbert’s had no available dock space so were very happy to have a slip at Anchorage Resort.

We arrived at approximately 1245 and were secure in the slip for the night at approximately 1300. Our Position for the night is N25°11.003', W080°23.287'. We traveled today for 4.5 hours covering 25.95 nautical miles averaging 5.8 knots.
Posted at 4:45 PM
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