1-FEB-2021 Monday – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo FL to Biscayne Bay between Hibiscus Island and Star Island, Miami Beach, FL (34.0 nautical miles 39.1 statute miles)
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
Along the Way
The first action just before first light of the morning was a pump out. The full light wasn’t on but after being on the dock for 2 weeks we were certain we needed one. The marina had just fixed the pump out station. It’s a free pump out station. Free only goes so far….. A local entrepreneur with a pump out service boat has been sneaking into the marina once or twice a week after hours and emptying his load, breaking it every time uses it. He was told not to but since it was ‘free’ he still used it. He really got in trouble for breaking it this last time. The pump out station was down for 5 days.
WOW. We really understood why he kept coming back to to use this pump station (besides it being free). A couple of big gulps and yes dear… was almost sucked inside out. This pump out station has to go on the ‘Best of the Best’ list!!!
A cold front with rain and high winds was forecast for the day. Time to make make miles while the sun shines. We wanted to make Angel Fish Creek before the cold front hit.
Wind, waves and rain all came from different directions as we waited out the arrival of the cold front storm. Fortunately it only lasted for 20 minutes and we were off. Unfortunately the high winds persisted as we crossed from Card Sound into Biscayne Bay, then into Miami.
Gale for wind warnings were issued. The U.S. National Weather Service defines a gale as 34–47 knots of sustained surface winds.
The west and windward side of Biscayne Bay is quite shallow. This meant we had to travel in the middle of it to have enough water under the keel. This also meant that we’d be dealing with significant waves on the beam building over a 5 nautical mile fetch (i.e. the length of water over which a given wind has blown without obstruction).
The bay was snotty. Waves were choppy and confused. We tacked our way through the the Biscayne Bay challenged to figure out the best 45 degree angle to aim yes dear… at so we could optimally hit them. I’ll take torrential rain over waves on the beam any day of the week.
On more than one occasion in the course of the day I wondered what the heck we were doing out here. Occasionally wind would sweep the splash of a wave soundly into the upper helm.
We weren’t the only ones not enjoying the wind. There were multiple ‘pan pan’ issued for capsized boats, a sunken seaplane, a missing diver and persons in the water. (Pan pan is a nautical urgency message that someone is in trouble and needs assistance, but does not pose an immediate danger to anyone’s life or to the vessel itself.)
Take me to Miami
Island Gardens luxury yacht marina.
Just of few of our anchorage visitors.
Miami is the only US city that was founded by a woman. A local businesswoman called Julia Tuttle encouraged a developer to extend the new Florida East Coast Railroad to Miami in 1896 – this led the way to the development of modern Miami.
Miami was once a mangrove swamp and the land we now know as Miami is mostly man made. As a result, some of the beaches need to be replenished with sand regularly.
Suntan lotion was invented in Miami. A pharmacist called Benjamin Green invented the mixture in 1944.
The first Burger King opened in Miami in 1954, and three years later, it introduced the iconic Whopper.
Drolleries and Yuks
What’s a New York wife’s favorite wine?
~Take me to Miami.
What’s the difference between a jet engine and a New York wife?
~The jet engine stops whining when it gets to Miami.