Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hobe Sound by R38 - at anchor

This is the view of Flagler bridge after passing through. Before entering from the south, you could not see a clear path. 
Today was a day that will never be matched. We left the Lantana anchorage at 8:00 am and pulled into the Hobe Sound anchorage at 12:30 pm, a distance of 28.8 Nm but more importantly, through 11 bridges, including the once an hour opening of Flagler bridge which is still under renovation. Current was behind us all the way and even when we passed an inlet, we seemed to hit it just right for the current to change in our favor again.We never had to wait on a bridge more than 15 minutes (Flagler) and we averaged 6.4 kts on the route. We usually never do this well.

As I said, there's plenty of options for pet relief nearby
The sticky wicket is the Flagler bridge which has been under renovation for at least a year. They only open one leaf of the bridge and when heading north, you cannot see a clear path through the opening! You have to enter and then do a dog leg to starboard to avoid construction directly in front of you. There is no way two boats could go through in opposite directions. We went first since we had 2 kts of current and also wind behind us.Many of the other bridges we could only make without waiting due to the current being behind us, up to 1.5 kts!

So now we're in one of our favorite anchorages. It's in Hobe Sound by R38 and so far we're the only ones here. There's room for a dozen boats in 7 to 8 MLW and it comes with a sandy beach nearby for dog relief on the western, uninhabited shore.

On Wednesday we're headed for Vero Beach and a mooring for a day before going on to Titusville for a week.