Cayo Costa, the Florida state park barrier island is one of my favorite anchorages anywhere we’ve been. What’s not to like? Beautiful miles long deserted beaches where literally the only footprints might be ours. A secure anchorage, kamikaze pelicans fishing, manatees playfully splashing, dolphins tossing fish into the air while they feed, even a bald eagle nest at the southern end of the island! The only drawback is that the Gulf of Mexico waters here aren’t the beautiful clear swimming pool water. So what’s not to like? Nothing! We’re waiting on the weather (wind) to moderate to start gunkholing toward the Keys.
Since the weather here is fabulous and in the Keys the NOAA buoy was still reporting upper 20’s today, it seems prudent to stay right where we are! We got our first taste of “cruising” this morning when the outboard gas hose fell apart in David’s hand before we could even get it in the dinghy! The in line gas filter just came apart. Luckily he was able to re-assemble it and we were off to the beach a half hour later! But BIG SHOCK! There are literally dozens of people on MY beach! I don’t think we’ve ever seen this many people … but it’s spring break and apparently Cayo Costa isn’t a total secret with the spring break crowd! And lots of them like to surf fish – even catching a nice batch of sheepshead!
We returned to the boat mid-afternoon after a nice long walk and a picnic lunch on the beach to find despite the sunshine and wind, we were losing ground in the amp challenge. So while all the cruisers around us were off their boats, David decided to fire up the Honda 2000 to add some juice. Unfortunately, one of the feet fell off … so he spent 2 hours and lots of sweat trying to fix it.
If you have a Honda 2000 that’s not already rusted together, you might think about unscrewing the rubber feet and adding a coat of lanacote to the metal bolts so when the rubber rots and you need to replace them, it’s not such a big headache. Turned out that ours refused to come apart, David cut it out with a dremel and for now we’ve ducktaped the new replacement rubber foot in place. Sounds like a job for a machine shop to me! In the meantime it works, I took a swim around the boat and even David dunked in to cool himself off. It was invigorating! 🙂
Soon it will be time to blow the conch horn for another gorgeous sunset! Until next time!
Cheers! Jan & David, sv Winterlude
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