Time travelled: 7 hours
Nautical miles: 50
Docked at: Marina Jacks, Sarasota $2.25 a foot,
great sunsets and live music
Wow, what a windy night! I got up to see if the boat was still attached to the dock - went up to the flybridge because it sounded like the bimini was blowing away but all was well, I secured the railing covers and tried to get back to sleep. The current was slapping against the boat and the wind was pushing us into the dock - when we looked this morning we had blown a fender!!
We left dark and early because we wanted out at slack tide, Garth had to maneuver between a cateraman and the bridge pylons. When we came in we were at full current and 60,000 pounds of boat was being pushed around like a leaf.....ahh back in Florida!
We had great luck with the bridges today - partially because it was Sunday and a lot of the bridges were opening on demand and the rest we were just lucky. The longest wait we had was about 10 minutes. It took us about an hour and a half to get across Tampa Bay. Wow is it ever shallow.!!
Last year we surveyed a boat over here and the captain said to us that there are two kinds of boaters on Florida's west coast......those that have run aground and those that will run aground!!
|High and dry!|
|Danger sign and you can see how shallow it is - Tampa Bay|
|Staying in the channel!|
|Birds on a sandbar 10 feet from the boat.|
|Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Tampa bay|
|Dragging his boat across the sandbar|
|New Christmas scarf!|
|View from the back of the boat in Sarasota tonight.|