Champ III: Going Places

The adventure starts here.

Port Sanibel Marina, Fort Myers, Florida

Another great sunny day in Florida. I talked to a guy this morning at Port Sanibel Marina and he said the last rain they had was on election day. I am not complaining.

We did see some dolphins on the trip today. I got a tip from Bob from Orange Beach AL. He said to run the engines at 1500 rpm’s but not on plane and that is enough wake for the dolphins. While I think we can still get some better dolphin pictures, we had the opportunity today to see them jump the wake.
The water was fairly busy today. A lot of small skiffs out and about with a few fisherman. A few boats looked like travelers but we needed to really pay attention especially in the lower Sanibel Island area.
We passed thru another swing bridge today, Boca Grande Bridge. It is fascinating the way they turn it on the center and everything is in balance. THe bridge was on a schedule and opened on the hour and half hour so we had a little wait to pass thru. Clearance was only listed at 8′ so a lot of the boats need to wait for the bridge to open.
When we left Palm Island the wind was calm and only a little ripple was evident on the water. Wind was a little stronger on the southern part of Pine Island Sound near Fort Myers and the water had a moderate chop.
Lot of areas are posted as minimum wake. I asked one of the boaters about what minimum wake is and he said you can make enough wake until someone starts yelling at you. There is no real definition of what minimum wake is.
We arrived at Port Sanibel Marina in mid afternoon and our friens Ken and Peggy were there to greet us. We first met them in the Georgian Bay about 3 or 4 years ago when they were doing the Loop and then we visited them at Port Sanibel Marina that year when we went to Miami for the boat show.
Getting into the Port Sanibel Marina is somewhat of a challange because it is on a private marked channel and over a mile back off the main channel. Nice area with lots of natural little islands and some large homes as you get near the marina.