Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lake Sylvia, Ft Lauderdale to West Palm Beach

Our other neighbors at Lake Sylvia, not bad diggs!
Leaving Lake Sylvia for the Intracoastal Waterway

Large yachts in for the West Palm Beach Boat show this weekend.
Another nice day today! We had the anchor up and left Lake Sylvia at 8:15 for the trip up the ICW to West Palm Beach. It was slow going, there are 20 bridges on the route, 9 of which were low enough that they had to be opened for us, our height is 20 feet above the water line. Only one of the 9 was "opens on demand" meaning they open as soon as you arrive and ask for an opening over the radio. Most of the others open only every 30 minutes so a lot of time is eaten up there. Most of the route is a no wake zone because fo the Manatees in the area ths cuts your speed to 5-6 miles per hour, it took us 8 hours to make the 41 mile trip.
Tomorrow we have just a few bridges and only one to open so we should make better time.
We stayed at the Palm Harbor Marina which is very nice and right near town. Our friends Luis and Oneina picked us up in the evening and we went to dinner with them, we enjoyed seeing them it has been over a year since our last visit. We worked together for quite a few years so had lots to talk about.
The West Palm Beach boat show is held next to the marina, it looks to be mainly very large $$$ boats so we'll skip it.
Tomorrow morning we will head North to Stuart and the Okeechobee Waterway cuts West across Florida to the Gulf of Mexico.
To see our location in West Palm Beach click on the link below,-80.04797&ll=26.71708,-80.04797&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

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