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Our new digs: a beach adventure

We'll miss our old slip at the Cape Coral Yacht Basin!
We’ll miss our old slip at the Cape Coral Yacht Basin!

As you saw in my last post about live aboard marinas in southwest Florida, Randy and I were preparing to move from Cape Coral Yacht Basin to Snook Bight Marina. On Friday, we said our goodbyes in Cape Coral and pulled up our lines and headed to Snook Bight marina on Fort Myers Beach. We picked a gorgeous, calm, 80 degree December day to move and everything went smoothly. When we arrived, there were 2 marina dock hands available to help us in and tie up. We eventually made our way to the office and signed our yearly slip agreement. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and we spent the afternoon settling in. Around 5pm we walked across the street to the beach (our new front yard!) and took in the sunset. Later that evening, Randy, Johnny (his Dad) and I caught a trolley down to the Lani Kai for a rumrunner to celebrate a belated birthday (mine). We hit a couple other spots before we heading home around 10pm.

Our friend, Jim, yells his goodbyes as we leave Cape Coral
Our friend, Jim, yells his goodbyes as we leave Cape Coral
We had a dolphin or two riding our bow on the way to the new marina
We had a dolphin or two riding our bow on the way to the new marina
Approaching our new marina and slip
Approaching our new marina and slip
Our new view from the bridge!
Our new view from the bridge!

Saturday and Sunday, we basically continued to settle into the marina and meet our neighbors. Randy and Corey went on a dingy ride and Corey cast his fishing rod 2 times and caught a nice size jack. Saturday evening after walking home from yet another beautiful sunset, we came across one of our neighbors stringing lights on his sailboat. This lead us to approaching him and a few other neighbors and getting to meet some of the other live aboards on the other side of the dock. Corey was very excited to find that there is another 8-year-old living in the marina. He and Maddie has had a lot of fun playing with remote control boats and watching movies so far. One thing is certain here: everyone seems very happy to be here in southwest Florida and here at Snook Bight.

Two casts is all it took for Corey to catch this jack near our new marina
Two casts is all it took for Corey to catch this jack near our new marina
Blue Turtle in her new slip
Blue Turtle in her new slip
A lovely rainbow after a brief shower on Saturday
A lovely rainbow after a brief shower on Saturday

Sunday, the boys went to the Franklin Templeton Shootout, while I got familiar with the laundry facilities and did a few ‘boat chores’. Around 4pm we packed up our cooler, boogie board and camera and headed to the beach once again for ‘yet another beautiful sunset’. On our way back, we spotted our dock neighbors having what can best be described as a block party or rather, dock party. Apparently, every Sunday afternoon they gather for a pot luck or some kind of festive dinner/drink party. We missed it this week, but still hung around for a couple of beers to meet a few new folks and boat dogs.

Snowy Egret at the beach around sunset
Snowy Egret at the beach around sunset
A Cormorant dries it's wings along the surf
A Cormorant dries it’s wings along the surf
Randy relaxing for sunset at the beach
Randy relaxing for sunset at the beach

So far, we are very excited about our new location. It’s pretty amazing to have wonderful backwaters full of fish and mangroves off the stern of our boat and then to have the beach right across the street. This will certainly make it difficult to focus and work when there are so many wonderful things to do, but I think we’ll manage 🙂 More to come…

Best sunset out of three: Sunday evening, December 9, 2012
Best sunset out of three: Sunday evening, December 9, 2012

5 thoughts on “Our new digs: a beach adventure”

  1. That is a choice spot. The ocean beach and backwaters right there and plenty of marine ife. Love the dolphin send off too. Whew…Your neighbors sound fantastic. Has Johnny Boy visited yet? I’m sure Cory is going to love it too!

    I want to start a live aboard charter school. Any of those around?

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  2. Enjoy Snook Bight. We stayed there for a few months when we first came to South Florida on Beach House this trip. The marina is great, the staff friendly and helpful and you can’t beat the location. We’re in the Florida Keys now so we hope we will see you on the water.

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    • Chuck and Susan, Have fun in the Keys. We’re hoping to make a Keys trip this summer during lobster season. We’re going to be annual liveaboards at Snook Bight an so far, we love it!

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