Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hobe Sound - at anchor

A park is nearby for Hoolie relief
We had eleven bridges today but they were not as coordinated as the 15 further south. The separation on several of the bridges required 7 kts but with a 1 to 1.5 knot adverse current, we couldn't meet the speed required to make the bridges, often missing by less than 5 minutes. So we spent a lot of time practicing "hovering" which involves moving slightly fore and aft (reverse) to maintain position, it's not as easy as it sounds, especially in a sailboat.

Eventually we reached Hobe Sound and dropped anchor in 7 ft of water. The anchorage here is very well protected and the winds are only in the 5 to 10 kt range, like a lake. Presently it's 73 outside at 7:30 pm and it won't get much below that for the night. Every morning upon waking up, one of the first things we do is look at our webcams at home to see how much of the 21 inches of snow has melted. It's not gone yet but now we can see some bare ground is spots. Hopefully by the end of May when we return, it'll be gone.

A peaceful anchorage, nice houses nearby
We plan on spending another day here and then move on to Ft Pierce to meet up with Bill and Sharman Fitchett on Sunday. Ann has friends coming by the following Tuesday that she knew in Maine and then we'll have Lee and Maryann on the boat for a week, folks we knew from Colorado when I was in the Air Force. We have a full calendar!