We finished out our trip on Saturday (4/15). About Time made the 125 mile run across Lake Okeechobee from Stuart to Ft Myers. The boat will now sit at the Ft Myers Yacht Basin for about 2 months before the owner takes her home to Longboat Key. The run across Lake Okeechobee was uneventful. The weather was very nice and the boat ran great. There was about a 1 foot chop on the lake, but with east winds it was on our stern. The water level was great and we had no waits at any of the locks. We departed Stuart at 6:30 am, hit the first lock at 7:15 am and were tied to the fuel dock in Ft Myers by 2:20 pm. Not a bad day at all.
I got to see and speak to Jerry aboard "Seas the Day", a 2005 Meridian 459. I passed Jerry on the canal between the Moore Haven and Ortona Locks. We chatted on the VHF for a few minutes. Sorry we didn't end up in Stuart together to swap stories and have a beer.
What is even better is that there was a late flight out of Ft Myers back to Wilmington where I needed to pick up my car. I finally got home last night at 1:45am, but I got to wake up this morning in my own bed. That is always nice.
Here are a few final stats for the trip:
Fuel: 1,504 gallons of diesel at an average price of $2.44/gallon
Engine hours: 38.5
Ave Fuel Burn: 40.1 gph
Ave Speed: 20.1 mph
Heading to the St Lucie Lock at 7:00 am
Getting ready to enter the St Lucie Lock
The Port Mayaca Lock was open onto Lake Okeechobee
Crossing Lake Okeechobee