Stuart FL to West Palm Beach FL

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Stuart Florida, Sunset Bay and Marina, is rated by many boaters are one of the greatest marinas on the USA East Coast, and we must agree. We have spent exactly two months here, working with Mack Sails and repairing our boat after Hurricane Marina damages in Puerto Rico. Now, with one last beautiful sunset and several gatherings with great friends, we actually departed. Hard to do, but we did it. Take a look at our final sunset….

Our last night at Sunset Bay Marina, beautiful scene.

Friends Friends Friends

Did I say, friends? Yes, we really enjoyed our many friends and shared meals together! Every night at sunset people gather on the porch or around the firepit and share a snack or a bottle of wine and visit. It really is an amazing place to live on a boat. Many people simply make this their winter destination, then in the spring they all depart and head north. Some live here full time, and we can see why. This is THE BEST place to live on a boat, hands down. We could easily live here if we were not cruising. Check out these great friends we shared our time with….

One reason we are here: Terri, IP 38 SAILBATICAL. She is so kind and so helpful to everyone…she is the Ambassador for Sunset Bay. Terri is also one exceptional Public School Teacher and was recently recognized by the state of FL for her outstanding work.
Tommy, IP40 SAILIN SHOES, hosted us for a great meal farewell aboard his boat. What a great night with Tommy, and his spring break visitors, Tracey and Dana.
Hayden with Dana and Tracey, watching the sunset
Craig and Liana flew the airplane over to visit and  Jim and Vanessa , IP 420 WINDRUNNER, drove up. We all had a wonderful time catching up.
Outdoorsman Gary the bow hunter and traveling quilter Karen met us for lunch and we really enjoyed their visit.
Longtime friends Jim and Laurie on a mooring ball next to us. We shared two weeks together and really enjoyed it. FUN FUN FUN
Hayden, Deborah, IP 380 SHAWNEE, Vanessa, Radeen & Jim, IP 420 WINDRUNNER at an IP Mini-vous

Fun Fun Fun times with so many buddies gathering in Stuart and passing thru. One more reason this is a hard place to sail out of, but we did, once all our work was finished.

NEW PLACE TO DISCOVER

With the winds EAST and the Bahamas due EAST, we have had to wait for a south wind or a cold front to head out. Well, with EAST winds, we can sail SOUTH so that is what we did. We powered out thru the St. Lucie Inlet to sea under full sails and turned south. But with only 6 to 8 knots and a 2-3 foot quartering sea, we added the motor to push through the chop. Still, we were in the Atlantic and heading to a new destination. That was West Palm Beach, FL. We have passed this 6+ times and never stopped. Others have told us how great it is. So, we headed to drop anchor off the town of the rich and famous.  West Palm Beach was created and built by Henry Flagler to be a winter resort for the wealthy who would ride his train south and stay in his luxury hotels. They found it to be a perfect place to winter over. His idea, started when he was 65, worked and now, the town is better than ever and people still love it here. Mr. Trump has his Mar a Lago resort just down the waterway south of here. Lucky for the waterway at West Palm, when he is in town, it does not affect this area. Here we are, anchored off West Palm Beach….

Island Spirit anchored in Lake Worth, right off West Palm Beach
The view off the stern is so interesting
We love cities at night when anchored off. The lights make beautiful reflections.
On anchor, at night off West Palm Beach, FL

We Found a DIVER

For two weeks, we tried to get a diver at Stuart, but it just never worked out. They are so busy and we were out in the mooring field, so we left with a dirty bottom and dirty prop. This slows down the boat, so we really wanted a diver to clean the bottom. A phone call to BoatUS and they referred me to SCUBA SCRUBBERS. We intended to leave a message, but the owner answered the phone on Easter! She said she would call me Monday to see if she could schedule a diver. She did, and by 12:30, she had a diver at our boat. WOW WOW WOW, now that is GREAT SERVICE. One hour of work and the boat bottom was cleaned of all barnacles and the prop was spotless, too. Each thru hull was cleaned and now we are ready to go. Outstanding company and outstanding service. I am really impressed with how they helped us out. http://ScubaScrubbers.com

Outstanding services by www.ScubaScrubbers.com Thank you!

Did I say we hoisted full sails on our way to WPB?

Thank you Colin and Travis of www.MackSails.com
THIS is why we head to the ocean, BLUE WATER.
Here we are only 2 miles offshore and the water is blue. Wait until we cross the Gulfstream!

Passing MEGA YACHTS in West Palm

Yes, the 1% people of the world use the Lake Worth Inlet and the West Palm Beach area to have their yachts serviced. Here is motor vessel AQUARIUS; she is 301 feet long, 5 stories tall, she takes 16 guests in 8 staterooms and she carries 31 crew members to cater to the guests and to manage the yacht. It is PRIVATE. Can you say KA-CHING$$$$? Imagine paying 31 people’s salaries just to manage your private yacht! I guess the owner is not a public school teacher 🙂

301 feet long, 5 stories high, 16 guest, 31 crew. mv/AQUARIUS
The opening on the side aft is a gym all the way thru the yacht with enormous glass doors!

HAPPY to be on Island Spirit

We are content and happy to be on Island Spirit and to be cruising to wherever we want to go! This little boat will take us anywhere. Lucky us! We are thankful and we appreciate this every day.

Hayden and Radeen, a happy selfie in the middle of season #7 as we depart Stuart, FL
Radeen, ready to discover a new place, she LOVES to do this…
Selfie king Hayden doing my best 🙂
My favorite photo subject, Radeen

CALM South WInd = Easy Gulf Stream Crossing

We waited out the East winds, now a mild front is coming which will pull the Tradewinds south and that is when we go, Wednesday at daybreak. Yes, we prefer to sail, but any time you can cross the Gulf Stream in a south calm wind, YOU CROSS. Otherwise, it is 4-6 foot seas and you take a beating for 8+ hours. We do not mind a motor run. We will skip West End because the front is slow moving, so we can run all night on the Banks. We will pull up to Great Sale Cay around midnight, drop an anchor and sleep. Wed night into Thur, it will be NW and N winds but only 10-15 knots. So this will be a nice sail as we push on to Green Turtle Cay. See you Thursday!

www.PredictWind.com says Wed it goes SOUTH

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3 Replies to “Stuart FL to West Palm Beach FL”

  1. Glad we had a chance to visit with you in March in St. Pete – especially the fun @ IP factory rendezvous – think St.
    Pat’s Day!
    Happy for you both, back on the seas again where you flourish!

  2. So happy to hear it’s finally happening. We are so envious. Wish we were crossing with you on our beloved Plan Sea. Have a wonderful time. Be safe. See you in May. Loretta and Jim s/v Plan Sea

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