After four days of final boat projects and errands to provision (both Walmart and West Marine are considerably more profitable because of us) Ria and I finally had time on Sunday to go for an orientation cruise on the St. Lucie River. It was another warm (80+), mostly clear, and very breezy (20+knots) day, but good conditions to test our boat handling skills and the boat’s performance. This was very satisfactory – a comfortable 7 knots at ‘trawler cruise’ and 14 knots at ‘fast cruise’, both of which should provide mileage of 4 miles to the imperial gallon or better (roughly four times better than our previous boat – yippee!).
But enough of that boring technical stuff that’s only of interest to other power boaters and gearheads, lets get to the pictures. Here is a sample from our stay in Stuart (a pleasant and mostly laid back community that has been very helpful and friendly to us) and the surrounding area.
Next stop, Vero Beach!