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

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 3 and 4, Cayo Costa to San Carlos Bay

Saturday the 3rd:
Very quiet day. We did some research on crab traps and have decided we need a better trap with the proper weights and bait. Found some on line and will order when we get to a marina. We put the dinghy up and got ready to move again in the morning. It was another beautiful day and evening.

Sunday the 4th:
We got going about 10:30 on a rising tide. We did our usual thing with Keith taking the bridal off and pulling anchor and I did the driving. Normally I am OK with this arrangement but today was challenging. We had a 10 knot wind and there were several boats close by in the bay. This stresses me out some. I am working on it though and I did OK. It was windy on the ICW too with winds picking up to 11 to 12 knots. We only had 21miles to our stop for the night at San Carlos Bay, Ding Darling anchorage. We have been here before and like this anchorage. Our original plan was to anchor just off of St. James City (across the bay from Ding Darling) because we have never anchored there before. But the winds were coming out of the south, so Ding Darling was a better choice. We put 60' of anchor rode out and had 5.5' of water under the props. Winds calmed down by 18:00 for a pleasant evening sitting out on the front of the boat. My good friend, Nancy, called as we watched the sun set. It was good to hear from her.

01-04-2015: Sun set, moon rise, and full moon on San Carlos Bay, Fort Myers Beach, FL

CO’s Comments:  Nothing like sitting out on the boat with lights off in the distance and the moon shinning brightly.  It is very peaceful and we love the solitude of it all.

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