February 9, 2013

February 9, 2013 Day 274
Moore Haven City Docks
Moore Haven, FL
Total miles to date: 4677.7

We left our peaceful dock at Franklin at 8:00 and headed east on the Caloosahatchee River. We had over 41 miles to travel today and wanted to get an early start.  We expected more boat traffic since it was Saturday but were surprised to see few boaters out today.

We let this larger work boat pass us.
We did not want to be in the lock at the same time!

We reached the Ortona Lock before 12:30 and had it to ourselves.  It raised us 8 feet and then we were on our way again.

We arrived at Moore Haven at 2:30 and tied up to the city dockwall. They provide 50 amp power and water.  There was no one here to help but we did fine by ourselves.  There are only a few spots available on the wall, so we were happy to have arrived in time.  Shortly after our arrival, Lady Catherine, a 60’ Trumpy, built in 1947, pulled in behind us.  It is a beautiful restored yacht!

The lovely Trumpy!

We took a short walk and visited with some other boaters then came back for pizza on the boat.  We watched a movie and planned our course for tomorrow.  We will enter Lake Okeechobee and take the rim route rather than go directly across the lake.

We did not see any alligators today but Bill spotted a few manatees swimming near our boat just as the sun was setting!