Winter 2021 – Vero Beach, FL to St. Lucie River, Stuart, FL

Travel Summary

Conditions: Sunny and muggy, 70° to start, Sunny and humid, 81° to finish.  South Southeast winds 5 – 10 kts, calm on the ICW 

Distance traveled: 37.8 nautical miles

Time underway: 4 hours 45 minutes

Average Speed: 8 kts

Max Speed: 10.5 kts

Finally, we got the boat off the dock!  Knock on wood, John got the big jobs finished and has been working on small jobs, so we decided to take a trip for a few days and work on our anchoring skills!    

We left the marina in Vero Beach about 11 am.  Lots of fog this am so we waited for the sun to burn it off and we were going to be traveling with new friends, Bill and Susan from Carry On, who had a morning appointment so the timing worked out for all.    

First up, getting off the dock and of course, it couldn’t be uneventful.  The bow thruster refused to work and on our way down the fairway, John accidentally hit the autopilot on and lost steering!  Sheesh!  Enough drama already! Luckily, it’s a problem that has happened before so the correction was quick and we were back on track.

The rest of the trip down the ICW was pleasant and thankfully, uneventful.  I got to drive? LOL! And Susan took a couple great pictures of our boat.

I turned out to be a beautiful day, and my lucky day!  About 4 dolphins decided to escort us down the ICW for a while, let me tell you how excited I was!

Sights along the way – a sailing school, what John called Gilligan’s Island, lots of boaters enjoying the day and of course beautiful (expensive) homes!

We pulled into the anchorage just off the channel of the St. Lucie River called Hoggs Cove about 4pm.  We had trouble setting the anchor, it would not hold.  So, after a couple tries with that anchor, John switched anchors and thankfully, this one held.  We will still be up during the night on anchor watch. But time to relax now.

What a gorgeous evening!

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