After bunkering it was time to leave Longboat Key Moorings, they have looked after her for over 15 months, 4 of them as Kapowai. A good team who kept her clean, checked her over and dived on her twice a month. Friendly and helpful.

The passes to the sea being a bit tricky, due to shifting sandbars, we needed to go about 20 odd miles to the south and go out to sea through the Venice inlet which is always maintained at 8ft.

Out of the channel is very shallow in places, you have to keep a watch for sea life an in a lot of places slow down to ‘no wake’. Plus 4 bridges.

Otherwise it is fun, lots of boats, nice houses, Ospreys nesting on navigation markers and the occasional challenge like bridges that only one side opens.

Here are some photos, in no particular order. Unfortunately the photographer spent more time looking than snapping although there was one time when I reached for the last biscuit.


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