CT to FL Day 40
Clewiston, FL to Picnic Island, FL
We had dinner in grill bar that is right at the docks at Roland and Martin last night... We had been traveling most of the day with another boat... "Clarabelle" and they had stopped at the Roland and Martins's also... we bumped into them at the restaurant, and they invited us to join them... so we did... had a lovely evening exchanging boat stories... Hopefully we will run into them again... our new friends Rhonda and Craig Davis.
We left Roland and Martin Marina this morning at 0645... following one of the boats that was with us at the marina to the Clewiston Lock... only room for two large boats in the lock... very small space... charts say the lock is 70 feet in length... our 45 ft felt really tight...
We had 3 more locks and one bridge that we had to open today... a lot of waiting at the locks and the bridge...slowed our average time way down... Other than one stretch in Fort Myers we had a favorable current.
Tons of boat traffic out today... dreading tomorrow being a Saturday that the boat traffic will be even more than today... we'll see.
We attempted to stop at the Shell Point Anchorage between markers 94 and 96 on the Caloosahatchee River but found the depths to have shoaled from what is on the charts... we had a 1.6 ft tide and we were 5 feet of water... we would have been sitting on the bottom at low tide... NOT HAPPENING... so we continued on to the next anchorage area on our route to Punta Gorda... Picnic Island... about another hour further and it would be dark.
We arrived to Picnic Island at approximately 1830 and dropped the hook... secure on the hook at 1845... Our location for the night N26°29.518', W082°02.871’. We traveled today for 12 hours covering 69 nautical miles averaging 5.7 knots.
CT to FL Day 39
St. Lucie Lock, FL to Clewiston, FL
CT to FL Day 38
Eau Gallie, FL to St. Lucie Lock, FL
Underway this morning before sunrise at 0700... had a brisk evening with a little higher wind than desired around 15knots out of the NNE....Forecast today for 5 to 10 knot winds... nice and calm.
Had a bit of a delay at the end of the day in Stuart at the Roosevelt Bridge... missed their last opening at 1630... no openings between 1630 and 1730 for rush hour car traffic on bridge... So, we had to sit at the bridge for about 45 minutes.
This caused us to arrive after dark to our planned destination of the St. Lucie Lock. We arrived at approximately 1830 and anchored just before the lock... we were secure on the hook at 1845... Our location for the night N27°06.791', W080°17.015’. We traveled today for 10.5 hours covering 77 nautical miles averaging 6.7 knots.