On Tues 2.7 we finally left the mooring field in Vero beach for Ft Pierce and then Manatee Pocket. Vero was a great place and we took full advantage of the free bus to shopping and enjoyed the protection of the trees surrounding the anchorage. We anchored in Ft Pierce, just off the inlet leading to harbor Towne marina and dinghied in to... the 'tiki' bar. Also got a pix of Silver Girl the 40' Bennetau I crewed on last spring.
The anchorage overnight got a bit rough with winds and rain, but had no problems holding. On Wed. morning we weighed anchor and headed to Manatee Pocket. This area had a reputation for not much draft and... it is true. while the channel leading all the way to the southern end of the 'pocket' has been dredged to 10' or so, the anchorage itself is shallow. HazelAnn and Compass Rose had little trouble with their 3.5' but it took Sea Fever 3 tries, and the help of Tom on board to find a spot that would handle Sea Fever's 5'. I was a bit close to my 'neighbor' but it turned out fine- nothing went 'bump in the night', and this morning has started a bit breezy but sunny and bright.
You can see the places we've been the last few days by going to my 'spot adventure link, at: