Only planning to go the 6.5 statute miles from Sanibel Marina to Salty Sam’s Marina in Fort Myers Beach we planned to leave Sanibel Marina as late as we could. It was a sunny day and the winds had dropped considerably so a lot of boats were out and some were stopping for fuel. Being still on the fuel dock it looked like we were perhaps plugging up the works. I went and asked if that were the case and the dockmaster kindly said that we were, in fact, in the way and he would appreciate it if we could leave sooner than later. The gal had Salty Sam’s had asked that we not arrive before 3:00 pm so we had four hours to kill.
We idled out of the marina and across San Carlos Bay but still arrived by 12:30 pm so called to let them know we would like a slip assignment. They asked us to dock on an open spot until our slip was available and then about 1:30 pm we were given our slip assignment. Namaste had departed Gasparilla Marina, about 35 miles north, this morning so we were expecting them and “Lydia” a 25’ Ranger tug to arrive mid afternoon. I was told to manage their slip assignment in the same large mooring bay where we had been placed.
We discovered that Sadie Too and Elizabear were in slips near us and that Mazel Tug and Dream Catcher were not far away. Once everyone was settled we all gathered at the Bootlegger Bar and Grill for “Docktails” with crews of the other boats. Some of them we had not seen for a couple of months so there was a lot of catching up to do.