Biscayne National Park. We crossed Card Sound and sailed along Elliott Key. The waters of Biscayne Bay offer some of the best year-round boating in the country. The closer we got to Miami, the more boat traffic we encountered. There were trawlers, sailboats, sportfishers and small fishing boats heading in all directions. We have noticed over the years that the boaters in the Miami area seem to be only able to operate their vessels at full throttle. Perhaps they come this way from the dealer. We were surprised a little at the number of boats heading south into the Keys given the fact that most of the marinas and anchorages in the Middle and Lower Keys were almost full.
Crandon Park Marina to fill up the tanks. While we were there, we decided to spend a few days at the marina and wait out the winds. The boat had a pretty good layer of salt from transiting the Keys and we hadn't done a good wash down in a month or more. So a marina stop made sense if we were staying put. There was a slip available for us (the marina is almost full) so we pulled in for a few days. During our marina stops we make the most of our time at the dock. The boat gets a good wash down, laundry is done and any shopping or supplies we need are just a bus ride away. Susan was able to contact an old friend and they went out for lunch and some shopping. Now we will start analyzing the weather sources we use and see when our next weather window opens. Maybe Tuesday?
Here's a list of our favorite weather sources...
We use all of these resources and more to try to make our own determinations about weather conditions we will encounter. It does take some time, but we have often been able to determine on our own that the conditions would be right or wrong despite the official forecast. Stay safe out there and stay tuned.