Last night we had drinks with Ed and Lucy Guillard, who gave us lots of good advice on anchorages in Florida; they had done the loop several years ago, and liven on their boat for over 10 years.
We left Clewiston at 7:45 and followed Ed and Lucy from I love Lucy for most of the day.
The lake crossing was about 25 miles, the weather forecast had said their was a light chop. I agree there was a light chop in places, but in other places it was quite rough.
We were followed by these seagulls across the lake- I’m not sure if we were maybe cutting down on the air current/wind and that’s why they kept so close.
We made it to Port Mayaca lock mile 40 just after 11:00. We followed the St.Lucie channel for most of the afternoon, and reached the Port St. Lucie lock at mile 15.0, at 2:30, and made it through by 3:30 with 5 other boats.
We saw several canals which were bringing run-off into the St.Lucie channel.
We’ve now completed the Okeechobee Waterway and crossed the state of Florida from East to West in 3 days.
We are at the Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart for the night, as we needed to do laundry and get pumped out. We thought we were having an issue with our heat pump, but it seems to be working tonight.
We will be heading South tomorrow and will be anchoring out for the next few days.