Travels of Jerry and Debbie Rogers on Whisky Business
Lake Okeechobee and the East coast
Last Wednesday we left Moore Haven and crossed that big lake in the center of Florida, Lake Okeechobee. In the above photo you can see we hugged the SE coast of the lake until we headed in a NE direction across the lake. This path was dictated by the marked channel through very shallow water. We never saw less that 6 feet under the boat the whole way.
After Stuart we passed through Vero Beach after a long day and just crashed. Nuttin’ to report. Next day we ran to Titusville which is just across the channel from Cape Canaveral’s launch site. Way in the distance we could see that big builking where the rockets are assembled with the big blue NASA sign. Too far for an effective Ipad photo.
Dammit, when we got to Titusville there was a mooring field and a very good anchorage. We chose the mooring field since the area has a muddy bottom and we would not have to rinse off the anchor and chain using a “mooring ball”. A mooring ball is secured to the bottom and has a line with a loop on the end. Ya just grab it with a boat hook and attach the bridle to it. Easy Peezy right? Yep, until we call the marina that manages the field and they ask what is our Length Over All is. Boats are measured by the distance from the front part of the boat at the waterline to the back of the boat at the waterline. Using this measurment Whisky Business is 46 feet long. Our LOA (which includes the bow pulpit with anchor to the back of the swim platform is 53 feet. We were told we could not use the mooring ball as there was a 50 foot limit. So we moved 200 feet away and dropped anchor. And I used about 20 gallons of our fresh water supply to clean the mud off the chain and anchor when we brought it up.
The reason you want a really clean chain is when anchoring in salt water with a muddy bottom the chain can really start to stink and all manner of stuff will begin to grow in the chain locker.