Still waiting for more seasonable Florida weather…

Our month in the Fort Myers Beach mooring field was up on Tuesday. We knew that we were going to need to extend by at least a week because we had friends coming to stay with us a few days. Unfortunately, we get a couple of nice days, sunny and in the 70’s, and then another cold front comes in. The daytime temperatures drop to the upper 50’s or 60’s (okay, I admit, warm by Michigan standards) and it blows like hell. Since our 3 severe storms in 8 days, it seems that cold fronts now are mostly wind storms. It’s not a time we want to go cruising. First, it’s the wind: we don’t know enough anchorages we can sit in for days and be (somewhat) protected and comfortable in these shifting winds. Second, it’s the cold. We don’t have much in the way of heat on board Prairie Dog. She’s not near as well insulated as her living space is above the water line. The mooring field at Fort Myers Beach may not offer more warmth, but it does offer protection and familiarity, and we feel safe on their mooring. And so we decided to extend our stay by another month. We are hoping that by March we may begin seeing more settled weather. It may be too much to ask this season!

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6 thoughts on “Still waiting for more seasonable Florida weather…

  1. Same on the east coast of Florida Jo. We’ve been here at Vero for too long, but it’s protected and familiar and a great place to be stuck! We’re wondering if we’ll make it to the Bahamas…. Great weather for knitting!

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  2. Good morning! Thanks for your update. Our monthly contract ends March 8th, the day after my father’s 104th birthday gathering. We may renew or leave and head north… I am concerned with all the wet areas, when the temperature begins to rise I may be miserable with No-see-ins and mosquitos. Last year it seemed when the moisture started the bugs really emerged….

    Vern Yetman is visiting us this week. Hope toget some sailing in today and tomorrow. We rebeded a saloon window which had leaked badly in the high wind driven rain a few weeks ago.

    I also ordered a Ganz solar panel 30 watts and controller to trickle charge the batteries in storage. The power is so poor at SafeCove, not enough amps when all the power tools are in use. Should be here today.

    Enjoy these nice days! Marilyn

    On Thursday, February 11, 2016, sweet & saltie wrote:

    > rd & jes posted: “Our month in the Fort Myers Beach mooring field was up > on Tuesday. We knew that we were going to need to extend by at least a week > because we had friends coming to stay with us a few days. Unfortunately, we > get a couple of nice days, sunny and in the 70’s” >

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    • The moisture definitely brings on the mosquitoes but I think no-see-ums are pretty much around any time it’s warm and calm. There were HORRIBLE that first week in the boatyard, when it was so hot and steamy. Hard to imagine that kind of heat right now!

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  3. We know what you mean about hoping March is better. We hurried down to the lower Exumas hoping to get warmer weather and that the fronts won’t reach this far. No luck so far.

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