Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Up a little later than planned which meant a later start.  The skies were cloudy and the wind was light.
We made good time up the canal and even got to sail some but most of it is motoring.  We passed the inlet to the Okeechobee waterway about noon and were in Vero Beach by 1pm.  This meant we are back on familiar waterways as we came down the coast to this point.  Beth still didn't feel great today so she slept for a good part of the day and isn't better this evening.

A few pics of the scenery along the way.

We made it to ICWW marker 934 today which marked great progress of 58 statute miles considering we left an hour later and quit about an hour earlier.  The waterway is tidal so occasionally we get a little bonus speed from that and at one point when we had good wind and the current, we were sailing along at 7.3 knots.  The other big bonus is that we are out of the metropolis of south Florida and all but one bridge today was high enough that we just cruised right through.  We have encountered numerous boats, sail and motor, heading south for the season.  We try to look at where they are from and have seen numerous Canadians, New Yorkers, and many others.  There don't seem to be too many boats heading north.

We made it to Sebastian Inlet Marina where we fueled up, made spaghetti and settled in for the night.  Sebastian Marina is one of those marina's that most sailboats couldn't get into.  Their info states their channel is 5 ft. at low tide, Its more like 5ft at high tide.  We made it in without stirring up any mud but the motor cruiser that came in behind us left a muddy wake.  There are definite advantages to a shallow draft cat that fits into a regular slip.

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