After closing on the purchase of the Marine Trader, we left Cape Coral on April 9th in a small Budget rental truck, loaded it with tools, boat equipment and everything we’d need to live on the boat for about 10 days till we were able to bring her home. The boat was lying in Key Largo, Florida and after unloading the truck, we left Key Largo for a marina where we could get unpack and ready her for the trip home.
We stayed in Coral Bay Marina, a small marina in Islamorada for over a week, checking out all the boat systems, unpacking boxes and stowing everything away. Steve installed a new Maxwell windlass since the old one didn’t have a chain gypsy, installed a Garmin Chartplotter 4210, sounder and transducer. Whew – this is work!!
After getting the fuel polished (cleaned, that is — the boat had been sitting for a year), and topping off the fuel tanks with diesel, we were ready for the two day, 140 mile, trip home.
We left Islamorada on April 19th with beautiful weather and relatively calm seas. April is a great time to cruise in Florida as the weather is warm but not overly hot and there aren’t as many “fronts” coming through that tend to make it windy and uncomfortable. Our destination for the first night was Indian Key Pass, which is the channel that would take you to Everglades City. But our overnight anchorage was just off Marker 7. It’s a nice, quiet, and deep anchorage (for Florida, that is).
Early the next morning we left for the last leg of our trip home. It was another beautiful day and we were happy to tie up in our own slip in the Cape Coral Yacht Basin.