FL to CT - Day 3
Olga, FL to Moore Haven, FL
Decided no alarm clocks and but still woke up fairly early around 0700... a bit foggy but forecast was good... sunny with NW winds 10-15 knots that would have no effect on us in the ditch crossing to Lake Okeechobee.
Pull the anchor about 0845 and were underway toward the Franklin Lock at 0900. We just missed an eastbound lockage so we had about a 150-20 minute wait before we could enter the lock. We were joined by a small power boat about 20ft long in the lock.
We were soon underway and headed east across the Okeechobee Waterway. There was a Krogen Trawler "LALI" just ahead of us that left the Franklin Lock State Park Marina just as we exited the lock. We followed them for the entire day. Going through several bridges and the Ortona Lock together. We were joined by an 82ft Burger "INDEPENDENCE" in the Ortona Lock... felt a little cramped for space with them beside us in the lock.
We parted company with "LALI" at Moore Haven... we stopped for the day at Moore Haven and they continued on planning to stop in Clewiston.
We arrived to our normal location the River House Marina for the night N26°49.884', W081°05.423'
at 1515. We traveled today for 6 hours and 15 minutes covering 36.6 nautical miles averaging 5.8 knots.
Posted at 3:01 PM
FL to CT - Day 2
Cabbage Key, FL to Olga, FL
We had a late breakfast/brunch with our friends aboard Night Shift this morning... delaying the goodbyes as long as we could. After breakfast I took a few minutes to dive under SAILS to check and clean the running gear. It was not too bad only a few small barnacles. It's nice to have nice clean running gear for the trip.
Night Shift departed heading back to Punta Gorda about 1330 and we left shortly thereafter pulling the anchor and underway at 1400.
It was a beautiful day... warm and sunny with an nice breeze... This brought out many many boats... it was like a circus boats going every direction all speeds.
we got lucky and had a favorable current with us the entire day... hitting 8.6 knots going through the miserable mile near Tarpon Point Marina.
We could only as far a Franklin Lock which closes at 1700. We will catch the first lockage in the morning at 0700 and head across the state toward lake Okeechobee.
We arrived and were safely anchored just west of the lock at 2000 just after the sun had set. Our location for the night N26°43.414', W081°41.765'
. We traveled today for 6 hours covering 42.1vnautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.
Posted at 7:22 PM
FL to CT - Day 1
Punta Gorda, FL to Cabbage Key, FL
Delayed start.... planned on leaving the 12th and did not get away until today... 3/17 St. Patrick's Day.
Short day stopping and anchoring across from Cabbage Key next to Useppa Island. Anchoring for the night at 1645 at N26°39.327', W082°12.958'
. We traveled today for 4 hours covering 22.58 nautical miles averaging 5.65 knots.
Night Shift arrived shortly after we anchored and we are rafted together.
Posted at 4:34 PM