Back to home base

Finally all our boat work was done and we could cruise on home for the season. It was a beautiful day and we only had a few hours to go.

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Here we are all tucked in the next day. Back at “home”. It was a lovely trip. Even with the few bumps and bruises.

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Thanks everyone for following along on our journey. I’ll be back in a few short weeks to report in on our closing up for the season before we go north. Until then.... 

Day 26- final day March 2018

Our original plan was to have one additional day cruising but we decided to adjust our plan to subtract the very last day. So, this day was our last of the trip. As a result, on this day we went 70 plus miles from Clewiston all the way into Jensen Beach. To do so, we had to leave before dawn and in the dark. I tried to take a picture but it just didn’t show enough. 

Besides, I was very busy illuminating the markers using our hand-held spotlight and guiding us through the channel until the sun decided to finally come up. In addition to this, of course, Bruce had radar to confirm marker positioning but we were more comfortable having true visual if at all possible. We did just fine but the Lake was not pleasant that day. She was angry with someone for sure. As we progressed across the lake, the 2’ waves grew to 6’. It was a long 2.5 hours through the lake. It was easier with the sun up but it was a lot of rockin’ and rollin’. The wind was 25-30 mph and on the beam (across the port side). It was not the greatest way to start a long day of cruising even if it was our last one.

Here we are transiting the St Lucie lock.  It was a 14’ drop. 

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See all that green slime? Yuk? 

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There was some commercial traffic out that day but, no worries, there was plenty of room in the channel. This was a very shallow area off channel. 

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At the end of the day, we glided in to Four Fish Marina for the night. It was 4:30pm and the marina guys wanted us in by quitting time at 5. We just made it!  That was why we needed to leave as early as we did that morning. First thing the next morning we had the boat pulled in the 5-ton lift for a few jobs on the bottom. A through-hull check, a power wash and bottom paint. It has been 2 years so it was definitely due. Here she is....

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Day 25 March 2018

We were out well before sunrise.... So we enjoyed it while underway.

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Past the gigantic power plant... at least that’s what we think it is....

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A lone dolphin decided to tag along port side instead of the bow... 

 This is our first relevant bridge... we could get under it but the antennae had to come down.... we require a minimum of 23’. This one has 3’ additional at center span. We’re good....

This is our first relevant bridge... we could get under it but the antennae had to come down.... we require a minimum of 23’. This one has 3’ additional at center span. We’re good....

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The derelict boat problem in FL is a real issue. You see these kind of abandoned boats surprisingly often. This one is far off the channel.

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first lock- franklin lock... only 2’ rise and it’s only 9:00am. So far, so good. For those of you who may have never “locked”, this is what it looks like inside. Here you position yourself, and grab a line and secure at bow and stern. You manually adjust the lines as the water level changes. When the front doors open, you let go and proceed out of the lock. These walls are nice clean walls because the change is only 2’. The bigger locks can be really green and slimy. Yuk!

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Moving easterly in the morning, the sun’s reflection  can be murder on the eyes! Especially when trying to see water levels at bridges. Alva Bridge is 23 feet at center so we must request an opening... 

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 This is what the gears look like on the underside....

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the next bridge is the very short 9’ Fort Denaud swing bridge. Here comes the guy out to the middle to open it....

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Next is the Ortona lock... an 8’ differential.... This is the really slimy one. Sorry, my hands were too busy holding on to grab a picture. 

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and this is the ever exciting okee waterway scenery....

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We stop for the night at Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina. It’s quite the place out of days long gone by.... this is the long and only dock.

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and this is the inside of the restaurant. That’s all she wrote...

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