Boating in the ocean!! We left Fort Lauderdale in border line wave conditions—should we or should we not? It’s a good day to get some miles behind us as we DO NOT want to miss our flight home to our new grandbaby girl!
Mara Largo is President Trumps Florida White House- and is causing quite a stir when he comes to visit. We may have been traveling the ICW but decided to go outside and cruise along the coast line. Even there, the coast guard was guarding the waterways and boaters were required to either go far enough out or call the coast guard and announce their intentions to pass through. The coast guard responded that as long as the boater stayed the course, at a steady speed and did not vary they could pass through the security zones. It is worse for land dwellers, as the bridges to the area are closed to traffic! Alternate routes can cause severe traffic jams.
The Lake Worth Inlet is very busy with weekend boaters. The combination of turbulent water entering the channel due current and tides plus the wakes from the big boats causes our trawler to severely rock and roll. As we enter the inlet, the first island is Peanut Island. Locals know it as a party spot; History notes that it is the location of President Kennedy’s bunker during the Cuban missile crisis.
Entering at low tide gave us a good idea of how shallow the area can be- boaters were grounded and not too worried about it as it was a weekend, they were standing in the water have cocktails and social time waiting for the tide to come in so they could float the boats and move on!
We chose to continue under the bridge and cruise to the very northern tip of Lake Worth and chose a quiet anchorage. We dropped the dinghy and motored under a low bridge into a small lake. The guidebooks suggested going ashore under the bridge by dinghy if you need to get provisions. There were several dinghys pulled up on shore- we weren’t up to leaving the dinghy and walking up to the highway to look for a Publix. We’re good for now.
Taking the dinghy up the river to check out the bridges we will be passing under – we found that the lift bridges have clearance of 24 feet (we need 20 feet minimum) so we will be good to go with out waiting for a bridge opening.
Next stop will be Loggerhead Marina Palm Beach Gardens!
We have been traveling by ourselves since we left Faro Blanco in Marathon on Jan. 29. We went to Key West for a couple nights at the Galleon Marina. Since leaving Key West Feb 2nd our nights have been very economical: Boot Key Free anchorage 1 night; Long Key Free Anchorage 1 night, John Pennekamp Mooring Ball 3 nights at $20 per night; No Name Harbor free anchorage one night, Fort Lauderdale Municipal $40 mooring ball 3 nights; Lake Worth 3 nights free anchorage. Trying to average out the budget after spending a whole month at Faro Blanco Marina!!