February 2013 - Page 1 - Florida Loop Cruise, con'd.
Headed South across the turquoise waters of Florida Bay. Marathon is just over the horizon - 25 miles ahead.
Feb 3 - Super Bowl Sunday... Fair, 60°, wind N 15
9:15 AM - Dep Everglades City
12:15 PM - psg Cape Sable, wind N 18 kts
2:45 PM - under 18' bridge north of Marathon
3:15 PM - Arr: Marathon - Sombrero Marina
Today: 72.9 n mi - 6.1 hrs
Panoramic view looking East as we head across Florida Bay from Cape Sable to Marathon. No land in sight..
Running south from Everglades City with a 15-20 kt north wind
we zipped right along. This snapshot of our E-120 chartplotter
shows our SOG (speed over the ground) at 16.3 knots!
Sunset at the Sombrero Resort Marina. Superbowl snacks
on the flybridge - courtesy of resident cuisinier, Nancy.
Although they had cable hook-ups at the Sombrero Resort Marina,
it turns out you need to get a cable box from Comcast before you
can hook up. And, of course there's no over-the-air reception here
in the keys. But we were able to watch the Superbowl (40-min
power outage and all) on our laptop - thanks to CBS live streaming.
In Marathon, Jerimiah is not a bullfrog but
a cute little boat dog!
Feb 4 - Stayed in Marathon
Met up with Jerry & Marion Shinn
(owners of PDQ 34 "Cato")
Exc lunch at Key Colony Beach Club.
Feb 5 - 11:00 AM - Dep Sombrero Marina
11:40 AM - psg Key Colony Bch, Hawk Chnl.
12:30 PM - under Rte 1 at Long Key Viaduct
2:45 PM - Arr: Islamorada (FL Bay side)
Docked at Plantation Ycht Hrbr
Filled aft Fuel tank - 76 gal.
Today: 34.3 n mi - 3.7 hrs
Nancy watching the the sunset in Islamorada.
The dredged channel across Blackwater Sound is easily visible by its darker color.
(This is Nancy's idea of what cruising should be like!)
Henry in front of a giant Florida lobster in Islamorada.
(Click on photo to see larger, or mouse-over for another image.)
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Feb 6 - 10:45 AM - Dep Plantation Ycht Hrbr - 78°, wind E 10
1:00 PM - psg. Gilberts "Resort", Key Largo
3:00 PM - Arr: Homestead, FL - docked at the
"Herbert Hoover Marina at Homestead Bayfront Park"
A pretty, peaceful spot - and only $44/nt incl elect
Today: 35.5 n mi - 4.2 hrs
The mooring field in Marathon's Boot Key Harbor - a very popular place in February!
Long Key Viaduct. We cut through here to the Florida Bay side.
(Mouse-over to see us actually going under the arch.)
Our next-door neighbors watching the sunset in Islamorada.
Getting our bottom scrubbed at Plantation Harbor Marina.
Osprey on Mkr 38 in Biscayne Bay.
(Click on photo to see chick with
|. Canal Barge AMAROK in France...
Everglades City to Islamorada