Bridges, Yachts and Mega Houses

The title pretty much sums up the past two days of travel. This stretch of the ICW goes past mega yachts and the houses that match. And let’s not forget the 25 bridges you have to open! The challenge with the bridges is to time your travel to coincide with the opening. Sounds easy enough, but some open on request, some open on the hour and half hour, some open a quarter after and a quarter before the hour and some open every twenty minutes. Between each bridge you adjust your speed to catch that particular opening. For one bridge you may have to travel at 4 knots to time it right. Other bridges, it’s pedal to the metal to make it in time.

The worst thing to happen is to just miss the opening. This means you have to hold position and wait for the next opening. Sometimes not so easy when a 3-4 knot current is running or it’s windy.

In any case, we made good time today and hit every opening right on time. That meant instead of anchoring in Lettuce Lake as we first planned, instead we were able to drop the hook right before the Las Olas Bridge. Since we’re jumping offshore here in Fort Lauderdale, that will save us 7 miles and 5 bridge openings in the morning. Tomorrow we’ll be in Miami..

This family of ducks banded together to keep away the two buzzards..

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P1050610 P1050608 P1050607 P1050593One of my favorite light houses at the Jupiter Inlet..

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P1050613The color of this building is unique..

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Until then…

The Lake and the Ocean

Peck Lake is another one of those anchorages that according to the charts, you can’t get into. The chart here reads 2 foot depth, but clearly there is more then that. Once in and the hook is down, you can land the dinghy at a small beach and tie it up to the trees. Now here’s the cool part, there’s a small opening in the growth and a foot path. That footpath takes you 75 yards and viola, you’re on the beach! Pretty cool stuff.

Hobe Sound on the way to Peck Lake.

P1050566Where we anchored and the beach at Peck Lake..



The pathway to the beach..


Our friends Pat and Doug and their boat, Sanctuary.

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Sunset at Peck Lake..


Until then…

Hole in the Wall

Doug and Pat from Sanctuary told us about this anchorage a couple of years ago and it has turned into one of our favorites for overnight stops. In the Skipper Bob book, it’s at mile marker 964.4. At first glance and on the chartplotter, it looks as if the anchorage is not assessable from the ICW. You have to go between two small islands and the charted depth is 2 feet so most folks just pass on by. However, if you follow the entrance instructions given by Skipper Bob, it’s a piece of cake with plenty of depth.

It’s funny, you can sit there and watch other boats go by and slow down or even stop, while they try to figure out how we managed to get in there. Once in, it’s very quite with great protection and no wakes. Today’s run will bring us to Peck Lake, another favorite spot to drop the hook. In the next posts I’ll try to remember to grab a screenshot of our location according to Google Earth.

You never know what you might see right around the next corner…


A couple of nice houses in this area..

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This house Pat showed us on the way to the store when we were in Cocoa. The picture doesn’t do it justice. This was a very, very spooky looking house. If I had to walk by at night, I think I would cross the street first!


Our current location and heading south…


Until then….


Cruiser Plans

The old saying ” cruiser plans are written in sand at low tide” rang true once again. We had planned on dropping the hook at Titusville, but when we got there and looked at the anchorage there was no way we were spending the night there. With the anchorage on the west side of the ICW and the wind blowing from the east, there was just too much wind-blown chop to be comfortable. So, out comes Skipper Bob and the search for the next anchorage is on.

As it turns out Addison Point was looking pretty good. We came though the Addison Point drawbridge and turned left following the causeway. With an eye on the depth finder we eased our way up. The further up we got the more the water smoothed out because the causeway was blocking the chop. Finally, about 150 yards off the causeway and in 6 foot of water we dropped the hook. The wind was still blowing 15-20 knots, but the water was still. Still enough to cook a great Thanksgiving dinner!

The next day was a short run to Cocoa to meet up with our cruiser friends, Pat and Doug on Sanctuary, a Grand Banks 36. Even though we haven’t seen them in over a year, when we met up, it was like we had never left. They have a car here so they offered to drive us to Walmart to grab a few things and that was much appreciated. Afterwards, there was dinner together at a place called Ryan’s which served the largest pizza I have ever seen. The best part is our plans matched up enough that we are able to travel together today and drop the hook in the same spot!

Our Thanksgiving dinner was awesome!


Mork and Mindy contemplating…


Ok, here’s the pic of a bridge board I promised. You can see that the clearance here is 66 feet. Plenty for us. And yes, sometimes the drawbridges fail to open both sides. Always interesting maneuvering through, especially with a nice strong current…

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Following our friends Pat and Doug to the next anchorage called ” Hole in the Wall”.


Until then…