Gulf Stream Crossing to Ft Pierce, FL and Continue On to Rock Point, ICW

 

May 12

This time around, the crossing was uneventful, which is a GOOD THING.  We motored the entire way, due to lack of good wind and direction, which is fine.  That meant not a lot of seas either for most of the way.

Angie waiting her turn
Angie waiting her turn
Sunrise
Sunrise
1-2 ft seas
1-2 ft seas

We did dodge a few thunderstorms and tankers, but we have more experience now with the radar, chartplotter, and autopilot.  A blip that is showing a tanker crossing your patch in less than a mile no longer freaks us (Angie mainly) out.  The last couple of hours we were pointed more North and that did make for some big swells.  For the first time on the trip, the kitties got sick.  Angie wasn’t feeling too well either.  This was a surprise, since the cats have handled some crazy stuff over the past couple of months.   It took us 12 hours from upping anchor to arriving at the Ft Pierce inlet.

In the Gulf Stream
In the Gulf Stream
In the Gulf Stream 2
In the Gulf Stream 2
Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms
Thunderstorm passing behind us on the chartplotter
Thunderstorm passing behind us on the chartplotter

Checking in was EASY.  We called a phone number and they pretty much checked us in over the phone.  While Mark was on the phone, we also had  Border Patrol stop alongside the boat and ask Angie a few questions.  After all of that, we were good to go and decided to continue up the ICW to find our stopping point for the night.

Bye Bye tattered Bahamian Flag
Bye Bye tattered Bahamian Flag

We stopped off at Rock Point, after going 56 statute miles up the ICW,  and dropped anchor behind a couple of islands.  This is our third time here.

Mark at Rock Point
Mark at Rock Point

For the first time running the ICW, we were actually thinking of leaving the boat and going to find pizza somewhere onshore, but decided to call it an early night.

ICW Sunset at Rock Point
ICW Sunset at Rock Point

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