Dec. 12: We didn’t expect to still be sitting in Palmetto, Florida where we took possession of our new Catalina 385 on Nov. 15, but here we are. We are anticipating starting our trip to Miami tomorrow. Friday at the latest. Most everything is done and the parts we are waiting on will be shipped to our newest boating friends in Miami.
Many sailors do a 30 hour run in around the Keys from here to Marathon on the East Coast but we don’t like overnights and our journey will take 7 easy (we hope) days. It goes like this:
Day 1. Regatta Point in Palmetto to Crow’s Nest Marina and a good restaurant near Venice: 50 miles.
Day 2. Venice to Ft. Myers: 50 miles.
Day 3. Ft. Myers to Marco Island. Short day. 28 miles and choices of marinas here.
Day 4. Marco Island to Little Shark River anchorage.
Day 5. Little Shark River to either Lower Matecumbe anchorage (40 miles or Buttonwood sound (67 miles). This will depend on weather and wind direction.
Day 7. Dinner Kay marina in Miami.
This will be all new sailing territory for us and Sable. We have never sailed the Gulf Coast and we will be doing this in a new boat with new electronics etc. We know there is lots of shallow water, but no worse than the Bahamas. Both exciting and a little scary.
Hoping for fair winds and following seas.
Jan, Ed and Sable