The Log of Sno' Dog Continues...
Heading across Florida Bay.  Our chart plotter shows us in 12.6 ft of water, running 13.9 Kts, headed for Cape Sable. 
Although we plotted waypoints into Flamingo, we decided to pass it up and continue north to Everglades City.
After a week in Marathon, we decided to head north across Florida Bay. Our plan was to make the "Florida Loop" - up the West Coast to Fort Myers then through the Okeechobee Waterway to Stuart & home to Jensen Beach.
With strong northwest winds forecast for Sunday, we took advantage of light southeasterlies to get as far as Ft Myers Beach by Saturday evening (2/28/09).
February 2009  -  Florida Page 3
From Marathon, across Florida Bay
      and up Florida's West Coast
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Strange water color as we approach Cape Sable - which is just visible on the horizon.
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02/27/09 - 10:15 AM Dep. Marathon
                12:15 PM - passing Flamingo
                  1:00 PM - Ltl. Shark River
                 3:15 PM - Indian Key Pass
                3:45 PM - Arr:
Everglades City
               at the Rod & Gun Club dock,
          unchanged since our last vist in 1985!
The Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City - nearly unchanged in over 100 years!
The reception desk at the Rod & Gun Club, just as we remembered it!
Rod & Gun Club - Dockside entrance - Circa 1864
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02/28/09 - 10:15 AM Dep. Everglades City
               11:00 AM - Indian Key Pass
                11:50 AM - Coon Key Pass
               (shallow inside ICW route to Naples)
               1:30 PM - out Gordon Pass into Gulf
              3:00 PM - Arr:
Ft Myers Beach
                    docked at the Fish Tale Marina

3/01/09 -  10:15 AM - Dep. Marina - temp 74*
               11: 10 AM - Mantanzas Pass - into Gulf
              (big cold front arriving, wind NW 35 kts)
              12 Noon - into Caloosahachee R. - whew!
              12:45 PM - passing Ft Myers - temp 64*
               2:30 PM - thru Franklin Lock
               4:30 PM - Arr:
La Belle, FL - temp 60*

3/02/09 - 10:30 AM - Dep. Port LaBelle Marina
                1:00 PM - thru Moore Haven Lock
                2:30 PM -
Clewiston, FL
                 Roland Martin's Marina
The Moon and Venus in formation
The tallest palm tree in Florida!
Roar with Gilmore! Pump at R & G Club
Nancy & Madison pose in front of the Bank of the Everglades building
Out of the Everglades and back to civilization!  The well-used Big Marco Pass just north of Marco Island
3/03/09 - 10:15 AM - Dep. Roland Martin's Marina
                out into the big lake - wind NNW 20 kt.
               12:00 noon - across Lk Okeechobee &
                                  into Port Mayaca Lock
                 1:15 PM - passing Indiantown
                 2:20 PM - lunch stop at St Lucie Park
                 3:15 PM - thru St Lucie Lock
                 5:00 PM -
Jensen Beach, FL
       back to our home base,
Nettles Island Marina
Kayakers near Everglades City
The cold front arrived right on schedule as we were passing inside Estero Island with wind gusts to 45 kts.  We did have a stretch of choppy seas as we went out Mantanzas Inlet and passed Sanibel I, but things subsided as we entered the Caloosahachee River.
Above:  Nancy & Madison assist as we pass thru the Ortona Lock.
Right:  Moore Haven welcome sign - on the edge of Lk Okeechobee.
The minimalist Uncle Joe's Fish Camp along the Lake rim
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The place to be in greater downtown Clewiston!
The only boats docked at Martin's marina in Clewiston were POWERCATS!  Our PDQ, a Baja 32 and a World Cat 23.
Departing Clewiston through the impressive flood gates
Crossing the brown, choppy waters of Lk Okeechobee
The Port Mayaca Lock at the entrance to the St Lucie Canal
An overview of our Florida Loop trip -  courtesy of the chartplotter.  We were headed east in the St Lucie canal when this shot was taken.
The infamous Port Mayaca RR bridge, cursed by many a sailboater, limits overhead clearance on the Okeechobee Waterway to a mere 49 feet.
Lunch stop at the St Lucie Park just above the lock.
Windsurfer enjoying the windy weather we've had the past several days.  In the Indian River off Sewalls Point.
Another great cruise aboard Sno' Dog! Completely enjoyable - and not a single boat problem.  Our mini-cruise lasted 3 1/2 weeks, we covered 450 nautical miles in a total of 62 engine hours.  Traveling at leisurely speeds most of the time (our average speed was 7.4 kts), we used only 94 gallons of fuel.
Again, we enjoyed being able to go places where others struggled with shallow water.  Because of strong winds the Florida Bay route was particularly shallow, some boats had to wait for the tide to turn - but not us!
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