SW Florida Cruise ’11 update 3/6/11

Local Cruising

Arrived at the boat on 2/25/11 to do some chores and local cruising.  We got the Weaver Leaver installed on the dinghy and noted needed parts to order.   Then it was to go down to Boca Grand for a couple of nights, Cayo Costa for a couple of nights, then to an anchorage behind Useppa Island.  Beautiful weather temperature wise.  Wind picked up to 20-28 mph.  A little much for anchorages exposed to the east wind.  We went into the south end of the Boca Grande Canal, and dropped anchor.  We took the dinghy to secure a line to the mangroves on the east side of the canal.  With our stern snuggled up against the mangroves, we had the perfect anchorage for the conditions.   We anchored there for four nights—-the longest we have stayed anchored in one spot.

We read  and relaxed for four days  Pictures of Boca Grande and the anchorage follow.

Boca Grande Canal Anchorage looking south

Boca Grande Canal Anchorage Looking North

Moonstruck at Anchor across from the County Dock

Whidden's Marina at Boca Grande---a touch of "Old Florida"

Whidden's store entrance with the sleeping dog to step around and my favorite recliner on the dock.

Boca Grande Marina----New Florida

Our dinghy landed at Whidden's

Lou and Troy in the Village of Boca Grande

Bougainvillea in bloom on Boca Grande

Troy, the rescue dog.  He is the dog we rescued, but he thinks he is the dog that does rescues!

Pink Elephant Restaurant across from our anchorage

Moonstruck at anchor in Boca Grande Canal

Boca Grande Canal south anchorage


One response to “SW Florida Cruise ’11 update 3/6/11

  1. Hi,

    I’m interested in your anchoring experience at Boca Grande. Late last year, there was rumoring that the Gasparilla Inn was making it difficult for boats anchored in Boca Grand Bayou and that the marine police were threatening to ticket cruisers. Since you were anchored there for four days, did you see any of this? We are hoping to sail up there next month. Appreciate any insight. Mary Lee (S/V Rhapsody/Tartan 40)

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