Phebe and I are back aboard Noodin after a summer of touring around the northwest in our motorhome visiting family and friends. We made a last minute decision to take the motorhome (Steve) to Georgia with us to hook up with Noodin. It was a good trip and gave us an idea of what the RV life might be like.
One of the nicest things about taking Steve south was that we had a nice place to live while we worked on the boat.
We had the normal list of boat chores to do before launch and spent about a month getting Noodin ready and buying and storing all of the provisions necessary for 6 months in the Bahamas.
We got launched into the North River November 25th and began our journey south. Our plan was to cross to the Bahamas from either Ft Pierce or Palm Beach Florida. Our preference would be to move south in Florida by sailing in the Atlantic but the weather wasn’t cooperating. Option 2 was to motor down the Intra Coastal Waterway for roughly 300 miles. It was getting cold in Georgia so off we went down the ICW. We stayed a couple of nights in St Augustine and a few nights in Marineland to sort out a couple of boat issues. While staying at the Marineland Marina we got to visit the dolphins at the Marineland park.
We had some cold days and nights heading south with some overnight lows in the upper 30’s and highs below 60. I know we’ll get no sympathy from our northern readers but it was cold on the water.
One of the really cool things about traveling on the ICW is the dolphins. Everyday we would have dozens of dolphin sightings, often with them coming to play beside the boat.
The ICW passes very close to Cape Canaveral and we were able to witness both a rocket launch and a rocket landing.
Another cool thing about the ICW is looking at the expensive homes.
We’re currently tied to a mooring ball in Vero Beach waiting for decent weather to cross the Gulf Stream. We think we’ll have an opportunity to cross about December 17th. You can see where we are by selecting “Where’s Team Noodin ” from the website menu.