Once the sun rose over No Name Harbor, we pulled back out into the Atlantic and pointed due north past Miami. There’s a bridge in Miami on the ICW that is too short for us to fit under, so offshore is the only way to go.
Once you get north of that bridge, however, you have a choice. Do you want to go offshore where the wind/waves are more of a gamble, or do you want to take the Intracoastal Waterway route where you have to deal with boat traffic and draw bridges?
After 6 hours of the weeble wobbles in the Atlantic, with the swell coming from the east and the wind from the SE, we dipped into the ICW at Fort Lauderdale via the Port Everglades Inlet. It quickly became clear that we were no longer in Alabama…more than one yacht we passed had a helipad.
We drove by one incredible house after another. It was rather insane, but so fun to basically be driving through their back yards.
Most of the bridge openings are timed such that once you catch one bridge, say at its 15 minutes after the hour opening, you’ll be able to catch the next one at its :45 opening. There was one of the 9 bridges we went through, however, that we missed by 2 minutes, causing us to have to wait for the next opening 28 minutes later.
And that’s when we saw the magic words at a nearby dock. “$3 Happy Hour”.
Today’s Trip: No Name Harbor, Florida to Lake Boca Raton, Florida 8 hours, 55 minutes underway. 47.19 nautical miles traveled @ 5.3 kts avg speed. 9 bascule bridges.
Voyage Total: Orange Beach, AL to Lake Boca Raton, Florida 139 hours, 18 minutes underway. 744.13 nautical miles traveled @ 5.3 kts avg speed. 15 travel days over a period of 39 days.