Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cayo Day 2

Slept well, woke early and cooked eggs for breakfast. Hoisted anchor and drift fished along the mangroves to no avail. Continued south along the inside of Pelican Bay and back north after finding the lower island hammocks a bit shallow. We crossed the inlet close hauled and entered Boca Grande.

Crossing Boca Grande Pass
Old Boca Grande is the quintessential Florida fishing village known as the "Tarpon Capital of the World". Lush tropical vegetation and boats tucked away in tight canals. Anchoring just off the docks we had lunch and after idling through the canal, tied up at Whidden's Marina in search of live shrimp. The bait was 'do-it-yourself' as the family lounged and played on old furniture strewn around the covered dock. We walked into the grocery room and it was straight out of the past with product that had most likely been around for years. We payed and Terry tied the bait bucket off the stern.

Along the canal

'old school' style


Returned to Pelican Bay and tied up at Cayo Costa State Park docks, hiked the trail to the beach and ended the day back in the same anchorage. We cooked black beans and rice for dinner and after setting the mizzen tight, pulled in close to the mangroves ready for early morning fishing.

Washed ashore on Cayo Costa

Days End

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