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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
FL to CT - Day 6
Wabasso, FL to Cocoa, FL
We departed this morning at 0730 and proceeded north on the ICW. The anchorage was not the best... a lot traffic noise all night from the adjacent bridge. We probably will not use this anchorage again.

Was yet another beautiful day on the water... sunny and low winds. Lots of boat traffic to watch.

We our destination for the night in Cocoa, FL at approximately 1300. The Cocoa City Docks. The docks allow overnight dockage for two consecutive days with a maximum of four days per month. This is for ICW cruisers that have sleeping, bathroom and galley. All posted on an official sign on the dock... very nice!

When we arrived there were two boats already on the dock... on the west end a 30' sailboat with his dinghy hanging off the back to the east and a 50' plus sailing catamaran on the east end. However, the catamaran was docked 20' end from the end of the dock thus taking up 70' plus. This left us what looked like about 50' between them... that is if the dinghy was not also in the available space.

I moved up toward the dock bow toward the small sailboat to see if we would fit... Nope... the dinghy was hanging into the space 15-20 feet... I backed away... as I was backing away our prop wash pushed the dinghy out of the space and alongside the small sailboat... now was our chance. I moved back toward the dock bow at the stern of the small sailboat. Susan secured a bow line to the dock and I was able to swing SAILS into the dock using the bow line... we were docked with 5' fore and aft to spare...

Securely docked at 1330 at N28°21.291', W080°43.334'. We traveled today for 6 hours covering 39.7 nautical miles averaging 6.6 knots.

Dinner tonight at Ryan's Village Pizza...
Posted at 7:13 PM
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
FL to CT - Day 5
Stuart, FL to Wabasso, FL
Delayed departure this morning so I could catch up on some cabinet work... pulling anchor and underway at 1000. This was a very calm and pleasant anchorage but the chain came up with this clay/mud residue on it like glue... came off but took a little extra hosing.

As we exited the St.Lucie River at the ICW we met the Dredge Currituck working they call the "Crossroads"... St Lucie Inlet, St. Lucie River and the ICW... it always is a problem area for shoaling... glad to see them making things "deeper".

It was another beautiful day on water... 10 knot winds and calm water... only waves we saw were from passing boats.

We normally go from Stuart to Cocoa, FL... takes about 12 hours... today we decided to split the trip in half... running about 6 hours today and 6 hours tomorrow... we ran to just a few miles north of Vero Beach to Wabasso, FL... on Active Captain there was an anchorage called Wabasso Anchorage and was right in the middle of our trip.

We reached the anchorage and were securely anchored at 1630. Our location for the night N27°45.585', W080°24.973'. We traveled today for 6 hours and 30 minutes covering 42.5 nautical miles averaging 6.5 knots.
Posted at 6:29 PM
Monday, 20 March 2017
FL to CT - Day 4
Moore Haven, FL to Stuart, FL
Alarm clocks set for 0600 this morning... need to get an early start to make all the last lock before 1630... the last lockage eastbound.

Sun just starting to light up the eastern sky as we departed Moore Haven at 0645 heading to the Moore Haven Lock that opens at 0700. Forecast for was for a sunny day with NW winds 5-10 knots... light chop on Lake Okeechobee... Perfect!

We had at most 5 minute wait to enter the Moore Haven Lock... only boat in the lock but we did meet a large steel vessel tie to the fenders as we exited the lock... guess they missed the last opening yesterday and tied there for the night.

Last few trips around the rim of the lake we have not seen many alligators... today was totally different... we saw a LOT of them... nothing real big but 40-50 smaller ones between Moore Haven and Clewiston. They are very skittish and drop under the water as you pass close to them. I like alligators that are scared of me...

Leaving earlier than normal we expected to not see so much boat traffic... had a lot boats pass us going east and west... always nice to have other boats moving around you.

We reached Stuart, FL around 1715 and decided to anchor east of the Roosevelt Bridge rather than west of it. The railroad bridge adjacent to the bridge can be very busy in the early morning and have you waiting hours to get through... wanted to bypass that and anchored in Hoggs Cove about 2 miles east of the Roosevelt Bridge... we were securely anchored for the night at 1745 at N27°12.954', W080°12.816'. We traveled today for 11 hours covering 64.1 nautical miles averaging 5.8 knots.
Posted at 5:19 PM
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