March 31, 2004 Leave a comment
We made it to the Atlantic Ocean today for the first time. We followed the St Lucie Canal from Indiantown to Stuart. The locks on the Okeechobee are unique in the USA. They just open up the gates to let the water in rather than having underwater passages for the water to fill up or empty the locks. The St Lucie Lock drops about 10 feet and has the highest lift of any of the locks. It means that the current inside the lock is quite strong so you have to really hang on as the water drops. It also means you had better not cleat the lines down or you could be left hanging on the side of the lock as the water level drops. We just made it in time to the St Lucie lock saving ourselves a couple of hours wait. From there it was an easy run to Hutchison Island where we are at the Marriott Resort for the Southern Grand Banks Owners Association Rendezvous which starts tomorrow. There are about 2 or 3 empty slips and 20 boats arriving tomorrow so it should be quite interesting to see what happens. We had dinner tonight aboard a 46?Europa Grand Banks with Maria and Alan Perry. They are from Florence SC.