We have had a great time on the East coast of Florida, cruising up and down from Stuart to Cocoa Beach. It was about 100 miles, but we took our time exploring and have spent 6 weeks covering that area! We have seen so many dolphins, manatees, beautiful plants, and many types of birds. We have enjoyed all kinds of towns and have been able to meet up with friends as well as our kids and several of their friends, as well as meet new ones! One big highlight was last weekend, Katie and Michael stayed on the boat, with two of Michael’s friends from college. It was so fun to show them the channel here- we went for a sunset sail and saw a bunch of dolphins!
We did a spontaneous thing: harvest coconuts. I was thirsty one hot day in Vero Beach, and Bob found a huge coconut, worked down to the nut, and poked holes for me to drink…delicious!
We just had a “cold” snap, with thunderstorms today, but tomorrow looks perfect! So, we will leave the comfort of the marina and go to an anchorage or a mooring ball. These are the 3 options we have in the boat, all with their own pluses and minuses. The marina is nice because we then have laundry, showers, power, water, people to meet and walking distance to restaurants-but is community living and not so quiet or private sometimes. Anchoring is our favorite, but weather needs to cooperate: we are more out in the open, but also it is so peaceful and relaxing to have an entire bay to ourselves sometimes. Dolphin often come right up to the boat! Mooring is a happy medium. They are managed by marinas, but you are not on a dock. It is like pulling up to a secure anchored ball. Large floats are placed on a rope and is secured in the seabed. We swing free, but are secure in a specific area with other boats. Anchoring is our favorite, and is free! Here is a picture of each. First, a marina, then an anchorage, then a mooring ball.
Next update is hopefully from Marsh Harbour, Little Abaco, the Bahamas!