February 2016 - Page 3 - Florida West Coast Cruise, Con'd.
Three PDQ's docked at Boca Grande Marina: "Cats Away", "Sno' Dog" and charter boat "Authenticity".
Yet another excellent Sno' Dog mini cruise! As usual, all
systems functioned flawlessly - not too shabby for a 10-year-old
boat. Total distance covered in 15 days: 445 nm (510 stat miles),
44.8 eng hours. Ave speed: 9.9 kts (11.4 mph). Fuel: 112 gal.
Feb 12 - Stayed at Boca Grande - with Harvey & Sue Griggs
of PDQ "Cats Away".
Remarkably pink sunset sky - as seen from the Boca Grande Marina.
Harvey aboard Cats Away at the posh Boca Grande Marina.
View from the Eagle Grille Restaurant in Boca Grande.
Similar view a couple hours later - hanging out with the big guys!
Feb 13 - 10:45 AM - Dep Boca Grande
12:30 PM - enter (crowded) Okeechobee Waterway
2:00 PM - Arr: Ft. Myers - Muni Yacht Basin
Filled Fuel tanks: 64.8 gal (2.8 gph since last fill-up)
Dinner at Los Cabos - with music at outside patio
Today: 34.5 nm - 3.4 eng hrs
To me, this is a really ugly boat!
Sue & Harvey Griggs, Nancy and Addie in our Boca Grande golf cart.
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Not ugly, but this Ranger Tug appears to be riding very
bow-high for good visibilty - click on photo to see sight-line.
Lots of boats in this narrow section of the Caloosahatchee River.
Look carefully for Henry & Addie in this Ft. Myers waterfront park.
A strange-looking ketch - with extra square-rigged sails!
Sunset reflections at Ft Myers Municipal Yacht Basin.
Dinner and music at the outside patio of Los Cabos in Ft Myers.
Feb 14 - Valentine's Day - 9:45 AM - Dep Ft. Myers
12:15 PM - stopped for lunch in La Belle
2:30 PM - Ortona Lock, 3:30 PM Moore Haven Lock
4:45 PM - Clewiston Lock
5:00 PM - Arr: Clewiston - Roland Martin Marina
Today: 56.7 nm - 5.8 eng hrs
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The Captain and 2nd Mate at the helm on the Caloosahatchee River.
The Ortona Lock (left) on the Caloosahatchee River - the flood gates (right) are open wide to try to lower Lake Okeechobee level.
Docked (for lunch) at the new La Belle Town Docks.
A very straight section on the rim canal between Moore Haven and Clewiston.
Addie keeping watch along the Lk. Okeechobee rim canal.
Transiting the Clewiston Lock/Flood Gate - which is
normally open - but right now it's closed because of
exceptionally high water in Lake Okeechobee.
Addie looking a bit nervous as we cross a choppy Lake Okeechobee.
Smoke (from sugar cane burning) on our Lk. Okeechobee crossing.
Feb 15 - 9:30 AM - Dep Clewiston - thru lock into Lk O.
11:00 AM - Psg Pahokee on S. Rim - finally calm
11:45 AM - Pt. Mayaca Lock, into St Lucie Canal
1:30 PM - St. Lucie Lock - rain!
3:30 PM - Arr: Jensen Beach - Nettles I. Marina
Today: 63.7 nm - 5.8 eng hrs
View from the inside helm as we cross a windy and choppy Lake Okeechobee.
Addie & Nancy taking refuge from the wind and rain.
If you enlarge this photo, you'll see our Speed-Over-Ground is 20.1 kts!
Because of the high water level in Lake Okeechobee, the Corps of
Engineers has been releasing large amounts of water - which, in this
section of the St Lucie Canal, creates a strong Eastward current.
Back home at Nettles Island, this was the scene that greeted us at our
next-door lot, the site of our new house construction. If you compare
this photo to the one taken on January 13th, you'll see, not much has
changed in the past 35 days.
|. 10/12/2016 - Update - Sno' Dog has been SOLD !