Monday, December 19, 2016

December 9-10, 2016 Daytona Beach to Titusville, to Vero Beach, FL

December 9
It was a chilly morning when leaving our anchorage.  Our phone said it was 61 degrees, but there was a strong N wind that made it cool on the water.  I stayed below most of the day on the computer or baking.  Dave loves being at the helm. 

We were waiting for a bridge opening on the ICW.  You can see that right off the channel, the water gets shallow.  These “ducks were in a row” on a finger of sand.  Mostly pelicans.

We anchored at Titusville near Cape Canaveral.  We’re missing the next launch by a week.  Someday, we’ll get to see one along the ICW. 

December 10
We had an early start this morning and had breakfast under way.  It was only 52 this morning. I know my family in friends in SD are wondering what I am complaining about.  It’s bitter cold there right now around zero. 

We motored 8.5 hours today and made it to Vero Beach.  We anchored just south of their municipal marina.  We’ve never stopped and  gone ashore here.  Other boaters call it Velcro Beach because they stop and never leave. 

We sent an e-mail to Chris Parker, our weather guru, to ask about leaving for the Bahamas on Monday from Ft Pierce and entering the Little Bahama Banks further north than we have in the past.  One of his employees, C. Kenyon Gladu, answered. 

He recommended that we head south along the coastline to let the seas settle from the last few days.  Then angle NE at latitude 26-42N and head towards the Banks at Memory Rock.  Well latitude 26 puts us at Lake Worth and the same path we have taken for the past 2 years.  So we are going to take this into consideration, but may still create our own route.

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