• Mile Marker 952, on a buoy in the mooring field at the Vero Beach City Marina
Weather: High70’s to low 80’s most of this past week, a bit cooler today
• Perseverance 2 (the boat owned by our good friends, Tom and Cathy, from our home marina in Burgess, VA– Yeah! We finally connected with them here)
Apologies for the long silence but we’ve been on the move. Not all of it has been on the boat, however. In fact, we flew back north for about 10 days to visit family and friends in Richmond, VA and Pittsburgh, PA around Thanksgiving. In spite of the cold, we enjoyed ourselves.
When we left Eau Gallie for the holiday trip north, the boat had a hole in the hull and lots of visible scratch marks and when we returned it didn’t! The Eau Gallie Boat Works crew did a great job and they did it in less time and for less $$ than expected. Doesn’t get any better than that!
We departed Eau Gallie on a beautiful sunny WARM day, and traveled leisurely south, to Vero Beach on the central Florida coast. Vero Beach is popular among cruisers, though this is our first time here. Now that we are here – for almost a week already - we can understand why:
• It’s a lush and lovely place – wonderful plants, huge old and winding trees (as well as palm trees) and flowers. In fact, the boat is in a mangrove – lined channel that is beautiful
• It’s walking distance to the beach, the Museum of Art, good theater, great Farmer’s Market on Sat mornings, and an ice cream parlor
• A free bus to anywhere you could possibly want to go! Easy to get to shopping, library, bank, even movie theaters (though the bus service ends at 6pm so if you want to see a movie, you have to go to a matinee)
• The marina has:
*****A good, comfortable boater’s lounge, with Wi-Fi and lots of electric outlets and a coffee maker, microwave, TV, delicious oranges donated by a local grove etc. Best part of it is the free ‘exchange’, where cruisers leave things they don’t need, including books – always fun to check out.
*****A laundry with LOTs of washing machines and dryers
*****Restrooms that are well kept and pleasant
*****A pump-out boat (meaning the boat comes to us to pump out the toilet holding tank) twice a week
*****A large and convenient dinghy dock – and the distance from our mooring to the dock is not bad at all, even when there is wind and choppy waves
*****And all of this for only $14/night!
• There are lots of other cruisers – some have come here for many years and actually stay here; this is their winter ‘home’. Many, like us, are only passing through, but once you get here it’s hard to leave. Hence, the nick-name “Velcro Beach”.