Sunset at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart, FL
February 2015 - Page 1
Florida West Coast Cruise
Sunday, February 15 - Finally on our way for
Florida West Coast Cruise
2:30 PM - Dep Nettles I. Marina,
Hutchinson I., Jensen Beach, FL
4:30 PM - Arr: Stuart, FL
docked at Sunset Bay Marina, just in time
for a pretty sunset. Dinner at Casa Bella, excellent!
Today: 13.6 nm - 1.8 eng hrs
Feb 16 - Leithan & Charlotte's 40th Birthday!
10:00 AM - Dep Stuart, 70°, wind SE 15
11:30 AM - thru St Lucie Lock
1:00 PM - Port Myaca Lock - into Lk Okee.
3:15 PM - across Lake to Clewiston
4:30 PM - Arr: Moore Haven - City Dock
Dinner at Mexican Restuarant, Exc.
Today: 59.4 nm - 6.0 eng hrs
Feb 17 - 10:00 AM - Dep Moore Haven,
74°, wind S-15
11:45 AM - Ortona Lock,
1:45 PM Franklin Lock
3:00 PM - Arr: Ft Myers -
Muni Yacht Basin
Today: 45.6 nm - 4.7 eng hrs
Nancy and Addie checking out the "Mexican Restaurant" in downtown Moore Haven.
Looking back toward the Roosevelt Bridge and the impressive mooring field off Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart, FL
Transiting the St Lucie Lock
Crossing Lake Okeechobee, Clewiston barely visible ahead
Birds on Lk Okee channel marker
On the Rim Canal between Clewiston and Moore Haven - very straight!
A short walk from the Moore
Haven City Docks, the eponymous
"Mexican Restaurant" (locally
known as Anitojitos) served an
excellent Pastor sandwich. Under
$20 for the two of us including a
cerveza Negra Modello!
Feb 18, 19 - Decided to stay in Ft Myers to
let two cold fronts pass. North winds gusting
to 30 knots forecasted w. temps in the 30's!
View from the Ft Myers City Docks on Feb 19 - a very rough Caloosahatchee River!
Went to play "Around the World in 80
Days" at the local theatre - excellent!
Feb 20 - 10:45 AM - Dep Ft Myers, 40° (34° this AM)
11:45 AM - turned into Pine Island channel
Because of the strong NW winds, we
decided to try the "inside route".
It turned out to be calm but fairly shallow
(at low tide), but it was well marked
1:15 PM - through Pine I. bridge
2:45 PM - Arr: Boca Grande,
@ the Boca Grande Marina
Today: 32.4 nm - 4.1 eng hrs
Toured the town & island a courtesy golf cart.
Jasper's Bait shop at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River!
Approaching the Pine Island Bridge on the inside route around Pine Island.
The shallow, but well-marked, channel inside Pine Island leading out to Charlotte Harbor.
Docked at the posh Boca Grande Marina.
Along the bike and golf-cart lane on Boca Grande.
Boca Grande Lighthouse at the end of the island.
It's always fun to watch the TV news from the cold, frozen north!
Feb 21 - 11:00 AM - Dep Boca Grande
1:00 PM - Arr: Englewood
Royal Palm Marina
Exc. lunch at Snook's
Today: 15.2 nm - 2.1 eng hrs