May 26, 2009. Dinghy has been stolen which forces us to return too Bimini Basin (Cape Coral, Fl) to start the search again. Having a 5.5′ draft makes it pretty difficult to pull in for supplies and to enjoy the islands we plan to visit. Motoring. Departed Picnic Island (Sanibel, Fl) ~11am. Engine cranked right up. No problems. Steven pulled the anchor. Best pull yet. Took less than 5 minutes to haul in the anchor/mooring ball and get the boat turned around towards the ICW. Winds ~6-8kts. Making 5.3kts with the wind blowing over starboard. Throttled down to 5kts due to engine blowing black smoke. Guess 5.3 in this wind is too much for our jumpy 27hp diesel. Bumped 5.9kts after turning NE. On a side note: Thanks, Joyful Spirit, for hogging the ICW and cutting us off. Anchored at Bimini Basin ~12:45pm. You can make great time when the wind decides to be helpful. A warm welcome from Tony aboard Miss Cindy.
Tag: Picnic Island
We woke up from a nap yesterday afternoon to head to the island for a birthday celebration that was postponed the day before due to awesome fishing and found our dinghy missing. I heard someone cranking on an outboard that sounded just like ours but I was half asleep and not very concerned about someone taking our dinghy while we were aboard. In broad daylight. Next to a crowded island. So I didn’t check. We’re pretty sure it was stolen. Conveniently, the one pair of decent binoculars we have were in the dinghy so we couldn’t do much scoping out of things. Also aboard: new dive knife, 20 feet of hefty chain, two locks which aren’t currently locking things, fuel tank, life jackets and throwable, oars, and, the worst part of all, a 2hp Johnson my grandfather gave me when I was 16.
Not having the dinghy pretty much cuts us off from any available supplies in the area so it looks like we’ll be heading back to the car to start looking for a new one.
The Sanibel pd were no help. They stonewalled us with some “intent to prosecute” document that must be completed to report the dinghy as stolen. They don’t provide dockage at headquarters so our dinghy is “missing” until we can get there. They did tell us that they had a “ton of reports” of missing dinghies in the area yesterday. Plus one for stolen. The sargeant didn’t know the popular anchorage we’re in but he did want to know the type of knot we used to tie the dinghy up.
Morale is low.
Departed Bimini Basin (Cape Coral, Fl) at ~3:45pm today. The channel leading in/out of the basin is really well marked, both green and red markers to/from the ICW in the Caloosahatchee River. Headed to Picnic Island (Sanibel, Fl) for Steven and Sandy’s birthday. Took two depth soundings in the channel leaving the basin. 7′ and 12′. Plenty of room for our 5.5′ draft. Cleared the power line with not much room to spare though. Fair winds out of the West/SW. Averaging 3.6kts just after entering the ICW. Tons of Memorial Day boat traffic. Mostly powerboaters kicking up big wakes. Makes us hobby horse around a good bit. Note: clear the area around the mast. There’s currently a blind spot from the piles of rain tarps, lines and fenders on deck. GPS markers do not match the real ICW markers around #93. Bumped 5.1kts after entering the Miserable Mile, named so because of the strong currents. You really need to pay attention during this stretch. It gets shallow, quick. Anchored at Picnic Island ~6pm. Smooth anchoring just before the rainstorm.