Travel Day 107 and 108 up the ICW 3/11-13/22
We left Ft Pierce headed to an anchorage near Melbourne, however after hearing the Coast Guard broadcasts of small craft warnings, wind advisory and gale and tornado warnings we decided to find a marina. After calling 10 marinas, Cape Crossing Marina said they had slips for us but we had to tie up creatively as they were not actually finished being built. We are used to this after tying up to a tree at the Henry lock. So instead of the 40 NM run we ran 64NM. Cape Crossing Marina is close to Cape Canaveral. The marina is updating all their docks. The showers and bathrooms were all redone recently and the clubhouse, fitness center and pool area were gorgeous. The Tiki bar and new restaurant looked great. Unfortunately it was really cold (60 degrees) so we didn't check it out since it was all outside. We were safely tucked in before the storm and thankful to have a slip.
In the marina there was an alligator swimming around each day. The marina is also part of a condo/apartment rental resort. It was very nicely done.
A nice place to anchor.
After two nights, the weather was supposed to improve for Sunday afternoon so we departed. The wind was still challenging at 15- 20 knots with gusts even up to 30, but since it was on the bow it wasn't a problem. We kept going and had another long day, 8 hours to the anchorage. We stopped at Rockhouse Creek , New Smyrna near the Ponce de Leon Inlet. It was a well protected anchorage and after about an hour anchored the wind finally calmed down. We had a peaceful night sleep although it was a little chilly. No problem with an extra blanket. In the morning the generator made hot water and heat for us.