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Southbound ’17 – Travel Day 29: Vero Beach To Stuart
This is not what they mean when they call the lower helm area the "wheel house"

Southbound ’17 – Travel Day 29: Vero Beach to Stuart

FROM: The Captain –

Conditions: Sunny and hot.  Winds calm then SSE 10-15 mph.  

Distance traveled:  33.7 nautical miles

Time underway: 4 hours 30 minutes

Average Speed: 7.3 knots

Max Speed: 17.2 knots

Fuel used: 27 gallons

Early morning sunshine. OLOH sits on the fuel dock where she spent the night. It’s going to be a great day to travel.

OK.  It’s the last time I’ll say it finally feels like we’re in Florida.  But today was really THE day.  We awoke to a sunny and hot Florida morning with some light dew on the deck (so much better than snow) and it even smelled like Florida (in the best possible way).  We wanted our departure from Vero Beach to be as leisurely as possible as our short run to Stuart would have us arriving at dead-low tide if we left by around 8am.  As 8:30 was approaching we were informed that some boats needed to come in for fuel and since we were taking up nearly the entire fuel dock we quickly did our departure routine and were off the docks at 8:40.

Once we were away we just took it easy, barely breaking 10 knots for most of the ride, not complaining at all when we had to slow down for sailboats and the occasional dumbass on a tiny boat anchored and fishing right in the channel (please don’t do that).

Renaissance is a beautiful sailboat and her owners were very friendly, giving us some good advice and wishing us well. We hope tol run into them down the waterway.
We made passing arrangements with this sailor and offered to slow down but he told us not to worry about reducing speed. He expertly handled our wake and he turned in to follow us.
This was the first megayacht we’ve seen on our journey South deeming it worthy of a photo. Now that we’re in Florida they will be a common sight.
A sunken sailboat sadly sits on a sandy shoal by a tiny island with several shrubs.
There are cows in front of me. Beyond are more up close are three. They need not grass only the sea. No milk they give

We arrived at “The Crossroads” about an hour after dead-low tide.  It is so named because this is one of the rare spots on the waterway where you are presented with several choices of great impact. In this case, you can continue south on the ICW to the Palm Beaches, Miami and beyond, head east to exit the St. Lucie Inlet – next stop the Bahamas, or turn to the west to head towards Lake Okeechobee and Florida’s Gulf Coast.  We turned west as at long last we were able to schedule the installation of our new davit at a terrific service yard in Stuart.

Rules Of The Road: When two power driven boats are approaching at right angles or nearly so, and risk of collision exists, the boat on the right is the stand-on vessel and must hold its course and speed. The other boat, the give-way vessel, shall maneuver to keep clear of the stand-on vessel and shall pass it by its stern.  As the approaching Hatteras clearly disregarded this rule and did not respond to my VHF radio hail seeking to learn their intentions, I took appropriate measures to avoid a collision as that is the ultimate responsibility of a Captain regardless of who is right or wrong.  As the other Captain proved, just because someone is behind the helm of a big boat doesn’t mean they have any idea what they’re doing (or just don’t care).

Jasper takes his job of docking assistant very seriously and gets excited when it’s time to put on his life vest.
Captain and assistant headed toward the docks.
OLOH dockside under an incredible blue sky in Stuart. We were thrilled to get the dinghy back in the water (which is the only way we could have gotten this shot).

This is a real boating center and every kind of service is available.  Fortunately, the yard’s schedule worked perfectly with our arrival to the area so we will hole up here while that job and a few other projects get knocked out.  Plus we get to catch up on life and finally use our dinghy to do some warm weather exploring, sure to include the requisite evaluation of several waterfront tiki bars and restaurants.

View from the Writer’s Desk. We are tied up to the pad next to the haul-out “pit” which means work is going on right next to the boat. Literally RIGHT NEXT to the boat. This is a boat being hauled out…see below.


The giant wheel of the machine (travel lift) that lifts boats out of the water and takes them to land so they can be worked on.  They drive back and forth on the pad which isn’t much wider than those giant tires.

This shot is from up on our bridge and gives an idea of how big the travel lift is. You can see the bow of the boat they are going to lift out.
This was the first opportunity we’ve had in months to sit up top and have our arrival cocktail!

We’ll be back on the move soon enough – see you out there!

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This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. Hey/ there cuties! Looks like you finally have some gorgeous Florida heat and blue skies. I recall that area of Vero Beach and Stuart, etc.. when I visited Greg, as he lived in Melbourne for years , and I would visit him there. I loved Cocoa Beach!! "I dream of Jeanie" !! Major Healy! Hee Hee! I hope you are partaking of the famous Fish Dip and as many raw oysters and mussels that you can manage, followed/ accompanied by some bubbly , chilly vodka, or a nice Chablis or European dry white wine. I am so happy that you are doing this adventure! It sounds dreamy, although I know it can also be a lot of hard work, too. Timmy I am thinking you need lots more Sunscreen than AJ - we have that Irish skin! AJ is Olive skinned and fits right in there with those hot rays. We have had so much snow here and cold weather here in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie, but I don't really mind. It's winter after all! I'm so glad you got to have your cocktails last night on the upper deck, and I so enjoy your photo's. Did you see lots of Pelicans and Dolphins? I love Pelicans!! They are so amusing to watch., Dive bombing for Fish, lol! HaHa we think Mahi Mahi is a big deal here as a special in a restaurant, and you can get it on top of a Salad there any day of the week! Anyway, hugs to you, and I am again , so happy you are having your adventure...and that the writer Is writing!!! :-) xoxo Roses
    1. Ms. Rose! So excited to have you and Greg along for the ride and your comments made us both laugh! You nailed it on many levels. Keep being fabulous and if you want to start a wine and boating recommendation list we are all for it! We've got some Pelican footage for you coming!
  2. Truly enjoying your blog, pictures, and explanations of what is involved in boat travel. Also so happy that Florida is finally starting to be "Florida" where you are. Here in Cocoa things are still chilly & windy. Still haven't seen another captain use a yacht controller...will let you know when that happens ☺️ Learning so much...keep writing. Hope repairs so speedily & as expected. Sending a hug & doggy treat for Jasper (missed him in the photos) 😔
    1. Glad you're continuing to enjoy, Mary! Look again for the Jasper pictures that were mysteriously omitted in the post - they're now there.
  3. What a perfect day this was! Leisurely ride, except for the other screwball. So beautiful to see the photo 's. I learned about hauling out boats too! Entertaining and educational! Enjoy Stuart! Hope to see you soon!

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