3-15-2014: Anchored out in the beautiful, clear blue water by Manjack Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday March 15, 16 and 17, 2011

We are getting used to sitting in the dark; gives us time to reflect on the day. We are adjusting our schedule and trying to get everything done before 19:30 when we turn the generator off.  The nights here are very quiet.

We took the dinghy out and explores the area.  Tuesday night we took the dinghy to the Riverside Cafe, a short ways from the marina, but the dock was too high for me and I couldn't get out so we went back to our dinghy dock and walked to the restaurant. The restaurant was very busy for a Tuesday night. We figured they were all tourist.

We walked to Vero Beach, round trip about 2 1/2 miles. It was a very warm day with lots of sunshine. We stopped and had lunch at the Ocean Side Cafe and watch all the people.

Sunset on 3-15-2011
Vero Beach, FL

Street we walked every morning
in Vero Beach-thought it was beautiful

First time at the beach
on the Atlantic

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

We  left our anchorage on the Okeechobee Waterway around 09:30 and only had about 5 hours to go to Vero Beach, FL.  At 10:00 we entered the ICW and started Phase 10 of our journey.  The last few days we didn't see any dolphins but as soon as we got on the ICW we saw several just within 1/2 hour.  They are so much fun to watch.

Today was a beautiful, calm, sunny day without many boats on the waterway.  At Mile 951.7  on the Indian River we went into the Vero Beach mooring field and tied up.  This was the first time we used a mooring ball and we were a little apprehensive but all went smoothly.  You get a cheaper rate on a mooring ball but, of course, you have no electricity.  You have to dinghy to the dinghy dock and then have use of all the facilities at the marina.  The only thing I don't care too much about on the mooring balls here is that you can not run your generator after dark.  In my opinion; after dark is when you need your generator.

Sunset on 3-14-2011
Mooring Ball

Sunrise on 3-15-2011; Vero Beach
Nuclear Reactor along the ICW

Mooring field at Vero Beach

View from our porch at the
Mooring field

CO' comments: With the XO at the helm, leaving our anchorage this morning, all went well. Before we arrived at the mooring field we made a plan and rehearsed it in our minds. I had made a bridle to use and attached it to the front of the boat. We were ready. Upon arrival I placed the nose of the boat just where my XO wanted it and Bobbie latched onto the pendant and attached it to the bridle and we were set. The whole operation was text book.

N27 39.679
W80 22.312

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

We spent 3 night at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart.  It was a very nice marina but pretty pricey.  We got caught up on a lot of things; washing, grocery store, and we rode bikes to the West Marine store; a total of 6 miles.  That was the first time in years that I have gone that far on a bike.  The City of Stuart has a beautiful boardwalk along the river and it takes you to historic downtown Stuart.  It was a very nice walk.  We ran into two loopers that we crossed the gulf with; Dream Fever and High Spirits.  It was good to see them and visit for a while. 

On Friday, the 11th, Keith was sitting in the porch and yelled for me to bring the camera up.  We saw a rocket blast from Cape Kennedy (pictured below); pretty cool.

Today we left the marina about 10:45 and just went about 5 miles or so down to an anchorage at Hooker Cover at Mile 2.5 on the Okeechobee Waterway.  It is an OK anchorage except it is right off the channel and it was Sunday afternoon and there were tons of boats going by.  After 18:00 things calmed down quit a bit.

CO's comments:  Since leaving Lake Okeechobee and heading east, we have found the most disrespectful boaters that I have seen so far; especially, Sport Fishers from 30 to 70 feet in length.  They have no respect for any other boaters or the damage that their wake does to the environment.  Not only on the narrow channels was it bad, but sitting at our marina, they would come by full blast with a huge wake and then stop for 15 minutes because they had to wait for the bridge to open.  The trawler and the motor yacht owners that I talked to all had disdain for those types of boats and boaters.  I hope it gets better as we go up the east coast.  So far the Gulf boaters have been the most courteous.

N27 11.399
W80 12.297

Sunset at Sunset Bay on 3-11-2011
Delta 4 Rocket launch from
Cape Kennedy on 3-11-2011

Sunrise at Sunset Bay on 3-12-2011

Roosevelt Bridge at night from our slip

City of Stuart Boardwalk
along the St. Lucie River
Kim Jo III at Sunset Bay Marina

Beautiful Sunday afternoon at Hooker Cove anchorage