Left Marlin Bay this morning about 8:30am after a very enjoyable 70 days.
LONG FIRST LEG. Traveled about a 1/4 mile to Keys Fishery to fuel up. Keys Fishery is strictly a marina for crab and lobster boats plus an area for commercial charter boats (plus a so so restaurant, tiki bar and fish market with great Key Lime pies). Waited for a half hour or so for a crab boat to finish fueling and then took my turn. Took on an even 400 gal. Keys Fishery has the lowest diesel price in the Keys $2.46/gal plus 7.5% sales tax so that was good.
It was a nice cloudless day. Still breezy but down in the 15-20mph range. Seas were still running 4-5’ out of the East so it was a bit bumpy heading East. By noonish the wind was dying down and by 2pm the seas has laid down to a foot or so. Had intended to make Key Largo Pilot House Marina but on contacting them they advised against it with my draft. They were experiencing a negative tide and I’d probably ground in their channel. I stopped there in December and their channel is nearly a mile long with two blind turns (use your radio to announce yourself to oncoming traffic). While the channel is wide enough, barely, for boats passing each other it’s not wide enough for me to turn around should I not be able to make it. So instead I stopped short and pulled in at Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina, just east of the Whale Harbor Channel, Islamorada.