What a sail we had from Key West. It was perfect. Wind 8 to 10 Kts just aft of the beam. We had very little wave action and nearly a full moon to light our way during the night. I was able to run with all four sails up the entire 24 hour trip. The seas never got over a foot or so in height so the ride was like a magic carpet; smooth and even with very little heal or motion. If sailing was like this all of the time the ocean would be covered with boats.
The Fort Meyer/ Cape Coral area is filled with man made canals and expensive homes, I heard one estimate that there are over 4 hundred miles of these canals in the area but, this figure seems a bit large to me. Because of the large river between these two cities there are many spots to anchor and get ashore. First we tried the mooring field down by Estro Beach but after an hour we moved up to Glover Bay where a few of our friends were anchored.
|The entrance from the Gulf is at the bottom of the picture, Fort Meyers is to the right and Cape Coral isat the top (where Bimini Basin is). (Oops, one too many "n" in Bimini)|
The next day, I said good by to Ralph and he headed back up to the frozen north and work. (6 inches of snow the next day). The day after that Anna was due in so I moved the boat once again to be in a better/close anchorage to the airport. I headed up the river and turned left into one of these canals for about a ½ of a mile to Bimini Basin. It’s a man made lake right in the middle of town with a public park, dinghy dock and stores near by. Everything that a cruiser could want and as a bonus, there were two boats that we knew anchored here!
|View from the top of the mast with the public park in the back ground|
Anna arrived, sick,( her parting gift from one of the grand kids). Not to worry though, for there is a med clinic right across from the park... (is this place is great or what)? As soon as Anna gets better we plan to socialize and explore a bit.
One of our neighbors is Wind Singer, a steel boat from Canada that the couple built themself. Nice job Ey?