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