January 9, 2016 – Saturday – Seafood Shack Marina to White Beach Anchorage – 21.1 statute miles traveled

We cast off alone to head down the Intracoastal Waterway past Longboat Key and Sarasota to an anchorage at White Beach on Little Sarasota Bay. It was a big anchorage with good depth and wave protection from the south.

Even though it was quite a ways off of the main channel we found the boat wakes to be constant. The wind was blowing from the south so the boat was parallel to the wakes and became somewhat frustrating and uncomfortable. After awhile Vicki asked why I didn’t set up and use the “Rocker Stoppers” purchased prior to the trip. I had totally forgotten about them as they were stowed under one of the lazerette hatches in the aft cockpit. I brought them out, rigged them and put them over the side. They made a significant difference in the rocking.

Rocker Stoppers are traffic cone shaped items with a large cupped flare on the bottom making them look somewhat like a sombrero. A 10 pound mushroom anchor was put on the bottom and then three of these items were rigged above the anchor about a foot apart. They were tied to the port and starboard side deck cleats.

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Rocker Stoppers rigged with 10# mushroom anchor

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent relaxing in overcast skies with occasional heavy rain. After dark there were no more boat wakes so we had a peaceful night in a nice anchorage though the wind did pick up during the night to between 15 and 20 mph as it shifted around to the west and then northwest.

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