Bringing MV Patriot Home to Texas (Part 1)

Journey of the MV Patriot from North Palm Beach, FL to Rockport, TX

 

Day One January 14, 2014.  We filed our float plan with our designated contact on shore.  We planned to cruise from North Palm Beach, FL to Indiantown, FL.  We traveled 55 five miles and transited the St. Lucie Lock and Dam.  We left at 0800,  weather clear, winds 5 to 7 mph.  No problem, no issues.

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Leaving North Palm Beach, FL on the Intercoastal Waterway.

 

Leaving North Palm Beach, FL
Probably couldn’t find nicer weather to begin our journey. Along the Intercoastal Waterway, ICW.

 

 

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We followed behind the MV Stroller.

 

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Lots of big homes/boats and beautiful scenery along the ICW.

 

 

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Following the MV Stroller on the ICW

 

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Waiting in the fore-bay of St. Lucie Lock and Dam, behind the MV Stroller

 

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St. Lucie Lock and Dam

 

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Lock opening up for traffic and filling.

 

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MV Patriot leaving St. Lucie Locks, FL
MV Patriot leaving St. Lucie Locks, FL
Waiting for some tow traffic to clear the bridge
Waiting for some tow traffic to clear the bridge

Occasionally we gave way to commercial traffic found along the route.  Pleasure craft traffic was at a minimum considering the time of year – mid January.

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Crossing under the railroad bridge

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived at Indiantown Marina at 1600 and called it good days travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two January 15, 2014.  We filed our float plan with our designated contact on shore.  We planned to cruise from Indiantown, FL to River Forest Yachting Center, a goal of 67 miles. Okeechobee Lake levels were safe at 8 feet.  Weather at Clewiston, FL: 40% chance of rain, Lake wind  at 7 to 8 mph, seas at 1 to 3 feet.  We made good 87 miles ending at 142 SM logged.

We anchored across from Riatlo Hotel in Oak Park Marina, Alva, FL on the Caloosahatchee River at mile marker 118.  We transited three locks.   We performed some miscellaneous maintenance and repairs:  added hydraulic fluid to steering, repaired an electrical connection for depth and speed logs, attempted to fix leaking sink on flybridge but lacked the proper poly butylene connectors.

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Port Mayaca Lock and Dam, Okeechobee Waterway.

 

Passing through Mayaca Locks at Lake Okeechobee, FL
Passing through Mayaca Locks at Lake Okeechobee, FL
Entering Lake Okeechobee
Entering Lake Okeechobee
Exiting Lake Okeechobee
Exiting Lake Okeechobee

 

Day Three January 16, 2014.  We filed our float plan with our designated contact on shore. We left Rialto anchorage and headed towards Cabbage Key, FL, our goal was 55 miles.  Weather at Fort Myers, FL was 50 to 65 degrees F., winds at 15 to 25 mph.  We transited the Franklin Lock.

Power Plant on the ICW
Power Plant on the ICW

 

 

Slight change of plans as we tried to meet up with some friends of Captain Bob.  Anchorage this day was Palm Island Marina, Cape Haze, FL. Ending log was 208 SM, 66 miles made good.

MV Patriot at Palm Island Marina, FL
Nicer! MV Patriot docked at Palm Island Marina, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Four January 17, 2014.  We filed our float plan with our designated contact on shore.  We departed Palm Island Marina and set out for the yacht club at Treasure Key, Treasure Island, FL. Weather was clear and cold, winds at 3 to 8 mph.

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Traveling in the Gulf along the Florida coast.

 

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Tampa Bay and skyline.

 

 

 

Approaching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Tampa, FL. The bridge has a cable-stayed main span, and has a total length of 21,877 feet (4.1 miles).

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Day Five January 18, 2014.  We filed our float plan with our designated contact on shore.  We departed Treasure Key, FL and set course to Marker One Marina, Dunedin, Fl.  Weather was cold and clear, winds 12 -16 mph.  We planned to fuel up and pump out at Clearwater Municipal Marina.  We departed at 0745 and arrived at Marker One Marina at 1230.
At Clearwater Municipal Marina we took on-board 154.1 gallons diesel at $4.27/gallon.  Total cost $657.90.  We traveled 311 SM which equated to about 2.0 miles per gallon.
Ending log 319 miles, 27 miles made good.
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