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.
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.
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.
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…