The first stop on our April cruise was at Legacy Marina in Fort Myers where Cookin’ (Brent & Susan Cook), Hoosier Daddy V (Dave & Jackie Cox), No Agenda (Mark & Joanne Daugherty) and Nauti Buoy (Dave & Mary Ellen Mount) were joined by O Sea D (Vern & Ann Graham), along with Mike & Cindy Brown by land yacht, for a two-night stop to kick off our 16 day cruise.
After dinner on April 19th the Browns drove back to Marco and on the 20th O Sea D returned to Marco. Cookin’, Hoosier Daddy V, No Agenda and Nauti Buoy set off for Clewiston. However, Nauti Buoy encountered engine starting issues at the Franklin Lock and was forced to return to Legacy then back to Marco while the other 3 boats continued on to Clewiston.
Our stops included the following marinas:
2 Nights at Legacy Harbor Marina in Ft. Myers
1 Night at Roland Martin in Clewiston
4 Nights at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart
3 Nights at Palm Harbor Marina in West Palm Beach
3 Nights at Hawks Cay Marina on Duck Key
3 Nights at Faro Blanco Marina on Marathon
Hawks Cay Marina was a substitute stop for Bahia Mar Marina in Ft. Lauderdale that was skipped in favor of nearly flat seas rather than the 4’ seas that were projected if we had stayed in Ft. Lauderdale.
Our dining adventures included 21 meals in 21 restaurants and a few nights on both Hoosier Daddy and No Agenda.
Our round-trip was 451 nautical miles, 31 hours of travel time and the total consumption of nearly 1,900 gallons of diesel fuel.
For the 3 boats that completed the entire cruise it was a fabulous time on the water and “yachts and yachts of fun”!