I'm working on a post about the things we learned, but in the meantime, here is some stuff about our new home slip in Ft. Myers Beach.
|Second Wind - home in Ft Myers Beach|
|First time our home port has been a slip (always had moorings before) - I think we are gonna like it!|
The slip itself is only about 15 minutes from the open water, and only 20 minutes from our home in Cape Coral. This isn't a marina - it is basically behind a fellow's house. He has 3 slips that he rents out to help him cover the cost of his mortgage - a pretty good idea. The depth at the dock is fine, and the canal and approaches are deep enough even at low tide. There are a LOT of big sailboats here, so we felt pretty good about the location. The approaches from the open water are pretty tight, but they are well marked. If we stray outside the channel, it is a sandy bottom, so going aground won't break anything.
The boat has never been this close to us, so we can actually go by and check on things just for the heck of it. It is definitely a big upgrade from our previous arrangements in Rhode Island! On top of all that, we can hop in the dinghy and ride over to the beach itself and don't have to mess with the traffic!
Our only worry about this place (and Florida in general) is what to do when the inevitable hurricane shows up - do we move the boat somewhere else? Do we just batten things down? Looks like we are going to need to get that information figured out - Tropical Storm Emily just formed and there is a decent chance she'll come this way. Oh well - welcome to Florida!