Navy 12 hull number 68NS8601 St. Lucie Florida

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Today was a good day on the water until… This is what I wrote to the Navy via FB in a message. I could not find another contact for a civil complaint.

I tried to post to your FB page but it didn’t…
Approximately 1300 hours today Feb 3 Navy 12 hull number 68NS8601 approached the stern of our sailboat under a bridge headed East bound toward the St. Lucie lock Florida.
As I came through the bridge I gave way to port and slowed.
As the Captain of Navy 12 came along side within 25 feet of us he hit full speed ahead and threw a wake so large we were tossed about the boat. He was still in the no wake zone.
He had not even cleared the bridge completely My wife an I almost hit head on, in dodging me she landed half in the companion way hitting her head an hurting her neck. I did a face plant and hit my knee and hurt my ankle.
It’s a good thing this didn’t become life threatening, I called on the radio and he did not respond.

We entered the lock behind Navy 12 and no apology just a few looks. The lock master said I should report him.
Our boat was tossed so hard everything in the boat went flying.
In asking a Tow Boat US Captain on how to report this he told us not to bother it happens here, reporting it to the Coast Guard would be a waist of time they will just tell you ” oh well it’s the Navy.”
Really, there should be some Disciplinary action? This is Unacceptable Behavior, I thought you all were here to protect us and show everyone that safety comes first.

Paul Barnes S/V PT26

As you can see I was not nasty or hateful, it will be interesting to see if they respond.
I will update everyone weather they do or don’t.

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Florida Keys

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We’ve finally made it to Bot Key Harbor. There are so many boats here to give you a clue, here’s what the boat says, “Anchor in 7-8′. Very crowded, with sometimes as many as 200+ boats here.” “…the north side of the harbor administers a 226 ball mooring field…. Moorings are assigned on a first come first serve basis”

Just so you know, the mooring field ate the anchorage. There’s only room for maybe 15 boats to anchor, otherwise you have to either anchor outside the harbor or pay for a mooring.

Boot Key Harbor

Between Fort Worth and Maimi there are like 45 bridges that have to open for us to pass in 50 miles. So basically, you hurry to get to the next bridge then you wait for an opening – some are on demand and some are restricted and only open at specific times. If you are approaching a restricted bridge, you had better get there because they will close the bridge in your face and make you wait upwards of an hour for the next opening. It took us 2 day to get through the bridges… very frustrating.

Bascule Bridge

Bascule Bridge

Jupiter Inlet Light House

Bascule Bridge

We left Maimi and Sailed South and the West into the keys. When we first saw the bottom in 8-9′ of water we were so happy and scared at the same time, no depth perception here! It’s really neat thought, you see the sand and the sea grass patches. Wolf even saw a dolphin as it saw about 4′ under the water and then under the boat – like a torpedo in the water LOL I’ve seen a few turtles that were huge but disappeared before I could get a picture
. But here are a few pictures from the last week:

Seing the bottom in 8' of water

An Island and a shoal

Suck beautiful water in the Keys

A sailable Pirate Ship

Happy Tuesday!
–Trina


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Vero Beach South – TST #185

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So it’s been another great week on the water. We left Jacksonville Beach over a week ago and we try to only move when the wind blows us in the right direction… South.

We stopped over in Vero Beach at the city marina – what a great place! You can’t anchor in the city if Vero Beach so to stop you have to get a mooring ball for $14 a night.. yeah I know it’s so expensive LOL The beach was a nice walk through the perfectly manicured town. Sunday we even happened upon an artists fair, when they display their artwork along the walk. There were beautiful murals, jewelry, stained glass work, oils and watercolors… all created by people with unimaginable amounts of talents. I would have taken pictures, but artist tend to frown on that behavior for copyright reasons.

When we came back to the marina from our walk we enjoyed the cruiser lounges where a few had gathered to watch the game. There are book exchanges in the cruiser marinas. I perused it looking to see what was there and happened upon: Son of a Witch. Which happens to be the second book in the Wicked series… it’ll tell you more about how great the book is when I finish it in a few days (trying to stretch it out and make it last a while)

When we left the Cruisers lounge we headed back to the dinghy dock – that’s where you park your dinghy when you come in. In Vero there’s this really neat little lagoon that’s just past the dock. I saw dolphin come in to feed earlier in the day and I suppose our timing was just perfect for dinner time because they were coming in again. The dolphins are so beautiful, graceful and strong the four or five of the swam in and rounded up fish. They jumped and splashed. They made waves chasing fish. I remembered that I had my camera with me :)

Thought #1 : always bring your camera when you’re on a trip

Dolphins in Vero Beach

Dolphins in Vero Beach

Dolphins in Vero Beach

Dolphins in Vero Beach

Thought #2: Remember you brought your camera with you!

I’ve seen some of the most beautiful, crystal green water when we started coming through the different inlets. and I can’t wait to contuinue our trek South. I’ll be taking lots more picture to share!

Happy New Year and Have a great Day!
–Trina


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