West Palm Beach SE – (Worth Lake)

We anchored in the SE corner of this area because the highly regarded area in between the two free docks was occupied by the West Palm Beach International boat show dockage.

The tidal currents were strong, and 2-3 sailboats broke loose and hit the bridge to the south of us. One dismasted.

Two of three sailboats that dragged anchor into the Royal Park (Rte 704) Bridge.

Do you like Indian food?

We love Indian food. The quest for trade directly with India, for spices and other goods, inspired Christopher Columbus and other quests for a direct shipping channel between western Europe and India in the 1400’s. In 2023, We love Indian spices aboard Shellerina.

Tonight, Shelly created a dish, Chicken Tikka Masala, that we both love. But instead of rice, she used fettuccini. My goodness! It was good!

Chicken Tikka

West Palm Beach Mystery Solved.

We were aiming for the highly acclaimed anchorage in between the two free city docks.


However, when we got here around 4:00 (long slow day through no wake zones) there was no anchorage to be found?! This area was all filled in with docks & boats. Plus there were a dozen or two large power boats at idle (not anchored) in the vicinity. Very odd!

We zigged and zagged around all the big boats that were idling all over the place. Then found a good spot on the other side of the harbor to drop the anchor and think a bit to figure out what is going on, and what we will do.

After a while at anchor I called the local TowBoatUS. He explained that the anchorage is closed for a big international boat show next week. The big boats doing their pirouettes in the vicinity were all boat show exhibits waiting their turn to go into their show slips!

Then we set the VHF radio to scan all channels to determine which channel(s) the boat show staff was using to coordinate the “loading up” of boat show slips.

ICW mile marker 1000

We passed ICW mm 1000 today and dropped the hook where several other boats were anchoring.


This day was an easy 20 statute miles from Stuart and including a fuel stop, it was about 3 hours on a Friday afternoon after I had gotten all my work done for the week.

The ICW or “American Intracoastal Waterway” starts in Norfolk VA (mile zero). Then goes all the way to Brownsville TX on a mostly inland series of man-made canals and natural waterways. It is safer and easier than “going outside” for most powerboats under 40 or 50 feet… and many sailboats too. North of Norfolk, there are some “waterways” but not as much of an intrastate organized system as the ICW.

Stuart FL for one night.

We stayed at the free dock at city hall in bustling down town Stuart. There is a 4-hour limit posted on signs, and no overnighters.

We arrived at 3:15pm and the Plan A was to simply anchor off the dock a few 100 feet between the dock and the St Lucy ICW. There were two sailboats and one trawler anchoring off on the Thursday night that we were in town.

When we got back four hours later at sunset, several locals suggested we just stay on the dock. “This county is pretty chill.” i.e. not hot tempered. Having a little rebel blood in our veins: That Plan B actually worked for us.

PROs: Several restaurants all walking distance. Floating cement docks in “good” condition. (Zero evidence of hurricane damage.) We called Parks & Rec at city hall to verify the dock was in good shape and available for transients to go ashore for a few hours. They welcomed us and our Plan A was “No problem at all! That what it is there for.”

Plan B didn’t exist yet. LOL. There are municipal restrooms and showers open to the public during daytime in the city hall building. They have 316 Stainless Steel ‘prison’ heads but things were acceptably cleaned and attended to.

CONs: it is not very protected from wakes and weather. This dock is part of a city Boardwalk. So, there is a lot of foot traffic and joggers. So groups of young people are louder than others, and there is one commercial Tiki Party boat that drops off and picks up there.

The dock is long, so the din from the bars/restaurants , and sidewalk musicians won’t bother most cruisers. But it’ll be too noisy for some others.

The “slips” to the right of the cement floating dock offered some protection from the wind and wakes. Our 39 x 14.5 ft trawler fit. Be ready to use fender boards and fenders and an extra spring line. Avoid spending long ours on the open face front docks, but technically we aren’t allowed to spend long hours there.

Funny story: before pushing off this a.m. Shelly and I both decided to use the city hall’s public restrooms and bring our trash in.

As we were slowly walking back to our boat to start the engine and push off, two police officers passed us (walking with purpose) on the long dock walkway. We are slow compared to anyone on foot.

We both thought, “We’re Busted” for staying overnight! Our Hearts beating harder than normal as we watched as the the two peace officers walked up then right by Shellerina and continued to simply inspect everything else going on on the city’s docks! Lucked out!

There are no signs of staff, dock hands, or rules enforcement. So, make your own decisions. My Bottom line: I think I recommend this place on a day with NON-stormy weather, and a Plan A approach to visit a welcoming town. For lunch, dinner, or whatever YOU dare! <wink>

The pic crosshairs above show where the free dock is in relationship to other famous marinas in this town. We stayed at Sunset Bay https://shellerina.com/2021/12/03/sunset-bay-marina-anchorage-stuart-fl/ on our Loop Dec 2021.

That place is on the “wrong” side of the railroad bridge that will be closed for a few months soon. So look up that detail. This free dock is on the east “right” side and will not be impacted by the St Lucie waterway shutdown due to maintenance on that well used RR bridge.

Bimini – Bahamas is getting closer!

The 10-12 mph breeze is keeping us cool. We have decided to head south as the forecasts tell us that the very warm February will be followed by a cooler March.

The arrow points to our new position today.

Bimini is about 45 nm from Miami. We’ll likely cross from Ft Lauderdale.

We are very excited today to hear from Tim Gibbs and his Admiral Debbie. They are just 47 miles south of us in Ft Pierce. So we’ll get to celebrate their Wake Crossing in a couple days. They are AGLCA Harbor Hosts from Cleveland OH, where we met them in July of 2021 when we were passing through that port. Tim was very helpful. Their boat, Table Six, is the same Mainship 390 that our boat is.

Providence – more than just a city in RI

Providence – meaning “God provides”

We just pushed off from a week and a day at Cocoa Village Marina FL. It was an enchanting week with great people surrounding us each day.

Chris and Ken two of the team that we exchanged favors with all week. Karen and Johnny were two others on the marina’ staff, and there was a fellow customer named Lyle.

Lyle and Chris had come through for us a couple days ago with much needed assistance on the solar project.

Lyle’s father needed to get from their boat to the marina parking lot and then to the hospital. A wheelchair was needed for the task, as his dad was incapacitated.

Ken and Lyle walked over to the nearby dentist office to see if, by chance, they had a wheelchair. Sitting there in the waiting room was Shelly, who was standing vigil while I was getting my dental work done.

Shelly said, “I have a wheelchair, right on our boat!” One slip away from Lyle’s boat was her wheelchair which they then used to get Lyle’s dad to the hospital where he has been admitted. Our prayers are with him as he is reportedly having a tough time.

North or South?!

The abnormal heat in Southeastern US that characterized the month of February and the first week of March has made us decide to reconsider our south bound trek.

“Let’s turn North!” When at anchor, we have had to start the generator to get A/C to cool the boat down before going to bed. OR we pay to stay in a marina with shore power so we get A/C that way.

But check out this data:


As found on this link:


So, maybe we’ll continue South!

…Added another 200w PV solar panel.

The aft array of two 200 watt (each) solar panels was getting shaded by the radar too often. So, today I installed a third. The AWG 10 wire was enough to accommodate the extra flow and the Solar Controller (150 volts in / 35 Amps out) could easily handle it (new config: 3x 19 vdc = 57 vdc / 13 A).

Here you can see the large shadow that is cast on the panels from the radar, this is why we had to add a third panel to the array.

Road Trip!

I rented an SUV to drive to Ft Lauderdale FL to pick up a fourth 200w PV solar panel.

e-MarineServices.com – good pre-sales support and post-sale too. Thanks Marc & team.
When returning this rental, the Enterprise gal asked me if everything was OK. I told her there was a front end vibration that started at about 120 mph. But it went away at 125 mph. So, “No problem really.”

It WAS interesting going faster that 8 knots.
Renting a car was less expensive than paying for truck freight shipping. $60 for one day rental AGLCA discount at Enterprise + $8 Lyft ride to+from. Yes, Enterprise advertises that they will pick you up both ways… Best to not count on that in my experience. They are understaffed for that IMO… long wait times.

The drive to Ft Lauderdale: 3 hour drive each way with stops. I am not used to driving long distances any more. Brutal.

Rough draft about how the new panel will be mounted.

Dentist on the Dock!

Dr. Lunstrum came highly recommended by “Ken” the GM and dock master here at Cocoa Village Marina (FL) ICW mm 897.3

I cracked my #3 (first molar upper right) on Friday night, so that meant that our 1 night stay would extend to Monday at least. This dental practice is 50 feet from this marina! I learned that they are not “in network” for my dental insurance. But the reputation and close proximity is key when cruising. It’s like he is practicing dentistry right on my dock!

Dr Lunstrum of https://cocoavillagedentistry.com

They have the CAD/CAM technology on-prem to make their own crowns. https://cocoavillagedentistry.com/cosmetic-dentistry/cerec/

So, we are staying here a full week to have my crown done on Thursday. Gotta stay flexible if cruising.

ADDENDUM: At the dentist office to make the crown. Thursday March 9, 2023.

Click to see video.
The dentist fine tunes the computer generated 3-D model.

Click to see video.
The 3-D model is inspected all around before it is “built” by the CNC machine here in the office.
Finished 3-D model shown in a composite rendering in-place with the other teeth around it.
A block of Zirconia “material” before it is machined into a crown by the CNC machine in the background.
The block of Zirconia “material” before machining begins.
Click to see video.
Machining begins.
Click to see video.
Almost done… starting to look like a tooth.
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Machining is complete! It took about 25 minutes. From here the crown goes into a furnace where it changes into a ceramic/enamel hard material that gets cemented into my head.
Finished product, ready for 3M 5200 Fast Cure Adhesive! LOL

Anchored in Titusville tonight…

We left Cooks Creek today and anchored in Titusville. It was a great passage!

We passed Nacho Time shortly after this pic was taken leaving the canal between Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River.
BONUS! A manned rocket launch tonight!!!

Four more astronauts are heading up to the International Space Station to relieve the crew that has been there since October.

Slack Tide

We are still enjoying our anchorage here between Ponce de Lion Inlet and New Smyrna Beach. As mentioned, this Cooks Creek reciprocates with the tide. So, sometimes we are in a northerly current heading (ebb) out the inlet. Six hours later we are in flood, the current is strong in the opposite south direction.

Our Vulcan Rocna anchor is doing a fantastic job with all the shifts in tide and wind over the past many days!

On a hot afternoon halfway between ebb and flood, what is a man to do?

Jump into the water for a swim, of course. The water is 76°F and it feels SO good… refreshing. The heat is just sucked out of my body. It saves our fresh water supply too.

Just in case, I put out a safety line. I could tell there was no current by looking at bubbles off the swim platform. But, the safety line is “free insurance” and makes the Admiral feel better!

No crocks or sharks got me.

Anchored between Ponce de Lion Inlet and New Smyrna Beach

It is called “Cooks Creek”. It runs about 2 miles from ICW mm 843.5 to 845.5. There is the main channel of the ICW. Then there is an “anchorage channel” that can accommodate many boats of any size, including large sailboats.
Click above and below to see some video of the traffic here.

Lots of boats seem to like to “cruise” thru the secondary “anchorage channel” just to take a closer look at all of us who are anchored here from other ports of the eastern seaboard.

Some of them even observe the no wake zone!

The best approach to get into the anchorage channel from the ICW is between R18A and R20, then go south as far as you’d like. There is plenty of water in here… (until there isn’t. <wink>)

This shows the ICW main channel on the right. It also shows the anchorage channel to the left. North us up. There is an island and sand bars between the two.

It’s actually fun to watch all the boats going by on Satudays and Sundays. Here we are in late February with temps in the 80s! Fortunately, today there is a breeze. Late yesterday we actually had to run the generator so we could have A/C for an hour or so. There was no breeze and it was hot.

The current reciprocates with the tide here, so care must be taken if one wants to jump in for a swim! Time it at slack tide and/or put a tailing line out for added security.

You can “see” the current on our anchor trip line.

Daytona Beach

A city with many bridges!

Shelly sets the anchor for a few “free days!”
We chose “Seabreeze North” as our spot as it offered some wind protection from the SE wind.

Addendum Feb 24, 2023

After anchoring out for a few nights we splurged for one night in this top notch marina: Coquina Marina here in Daytona Beach.

In the hot tub at Coquina Marina!
Ray in the 77° swimming pool!

Staying at a marina also enabled us to meet up with good friends from Maine, Chrissy and Steve who moved here and are building a new home. We got to see it before dark and a couple months before it was completed and ready to move in to. Very nice!

We cannot wait to see it done in a couple months when we head north.

Chrissy & Steve with Shelly at their new home here! They move in in April. This driveway was just finished today!
Team photo after dinner.

Our two favorite ‘Boater Cards’ exchanged this week…

I love boater cards that show the faces of the people we meet!

But, that is not why these two cards made “favorites-of-the-week”.

First, we were in a pickle. We had St Brendans Isle forward our mail to St Augustine Municipal marina on Friday using USPS Express Mail. We knew for certain that it would get there on Saturday.

Well, it got there on Saturday, but after that marina’s 11:00am [strict] check out time. We had to leave and I figured, “We’ll figure something out…” to get that package forwarded to our next stop.

As it turns out, there was NO good solution for less than $150 to get our mail! (6-7 options were explored. Uber, Lyft, couriers, taxi, marina staff, folks we met on the dock, etc.)

Then Shelly said, “Let’s call a Harbor Host!”

These volunteer AGLCA members have been incredibly helpful to us all along the way. I’d list them here, but A) the list would be too long, and B) I fear I’d leave someone out.

We found a nearby Harbor Host, Tom Lahey, in the AGLCA database on the website. Called his number and Tom picked up the call from a Caller ID he had never seen before. I explained that we were Loopers like he and his Admiral, and I explained our predicament. “Tom, do you have any advice? We are running out of options; abandon the mail, or cruise BACK north to St Augustine Municipal Marina!”

Tom said, “I’m in St Augustine today; I’ll pick up your package, and drop it off to you at Marineland Marina on my way home.”

Simple. Elegant. And amazingly Lucky for us!

Many times we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Harbor Host volunteers and other Loopers who have helped us out.

Thank you Tom! Bon voyage to you and Brenda aboard Kissed some Frogs as you push off for Platinum this week!!! Glad you liked Shelly’s lasagna for supper last night! … freshly made from scratch aboard Shellerina. And thank you for being a Harbor Host.

Rod Stuart

We got destinated in Palm Coast Marina this afternoon, and soon after we were all secured there was a couple walking their bicycles by us on the dock.

“Do you need anything at West Marine?” Was their first question. These folks obviously were generously offering their services too! “No all set, thank you though,” I replied.

Then Stuart asked, “So this is Shellerina?” “Yep” I replied. “We love your blog. We just started our Loop 1500 miles ago from AL we have loved reading you blog in preparation for our start.”

Well, Rod & Stuart of M/V Sea Turtle flattery will get you everywhere! So congratulations for making our favorite Boat Cards of the week!

Seriously, thank you for YOUR generosity too!!! You very much have caught on to the great spirit of the Looping community. Safe Adventures to you. “The experience goes by quickly, so enjoy every hour!”

All our collected boat cards go into this 3-ring binder “database”. They are all treasured, and frequently looked up for various reasons. “Have a system!” This is valuable information!

Vendor cards are maintained in the back, as they are very helpful too!

Strategy being questioned?

We continued our February cruising south to find the warmer waters of southern Florida. Today arriving in Palm Coast Marina. The problem? It is getting too HOT! So, “What’s the problem?!”

We aim to anchor out more. That means no A/C unless the generator is running. We invested in Solar this year so we wouldn’t need to run the generator!

Tough ol’ Life? Our family and friends in the northern states don’t seem to be very sympathetic. They are getting pummeled by a huge winter storm this week.

So we are wondering if our fundamental strategy is going to work. Head back north?

It was great to have shore power and A/C for my business meetings today. We’ll be on the hook in Daytona for tomorrow afternoon’s business calls. We’ll let you know how it goes.

A friend from Maine sent us this pic of life up there.

I guess we cannot complain.

Ragga Surf Cafe food truck!

Across the street from Marineland Marina is this popular food truck. Breakfast & lunch only (7:00am-2:00), Wed-Sun.

Always a short line while we were here.

Enticing Menu!
Dawn Patrol breakfast sandwich & today’s Chef’s Special: Smoked Brisket Tacos … amazing flavors.
Good sound by James Powell, one of the owners.

BONUS! We hit this place on “Live Music Sunday”… good thing too as they are closed tomorrow + Tuesday.
Half decent setting too, next to the surf!

“Polished the Prop”

ICW mm 792.5 we picked the wrong side of a struggling sailboat aground and found some soft bottom ourselves. Favor the west side shoreline around this bend.

Stay away from G 81A.

Nearby is Fort Matanzas. This was near the finish of our southerly passage from St Augustine FL to Marineland FL.

End result: some prop vibration at 2000 RPM. We cruise at 1600 RPM (occasionally 1800). So no repair to our prop is deemed necessary right away.

5-Day Course of This Stuff helped a Lot!

This Rx helped us get over Covid… we tested negative Thursday Feb 9. We are not at 100%, but we are much better!

Special THANKS to Howard Crew for letting us keep our car at his home about 30 minutes from here.

The weather for the next few days is less than ideal. So remaining under cover here at Lambs Yacht Center makes sense. We’ll push off on Monday to a nearby anchorage and gradually head south to warmer turquoise waters.

Covid-19 aboard…

Shows positive self-test results.

After “common cold” like symptoms persisted for a number of days, we self tested for Covid… and came out positive. This surprised me as we both have taste and smell, and neither of us have a fever. We are both vaccinated and”boostered”.

We’ll see if our new primary care physician comes up with any treatment plans or Rx.

In any case, our plans to push off this morning for points south are delayed.


Paxlovid to the rescue!

We are starting to feel better! Thanks for everyones prayers!

Looper Palooza 2023

Shelly, Ray, and Ray’s brother Russ arrived in Ft Meyers FL for this week’s Looper Palooza event.

Ray, Shelly, and Russ Sirois in Ft Myers FL

The three of us presented on “Our Great Loop Experience” to the crowd of about 250 Loop Planners and Gold Loopers at this event.

AGLCA events are always worthwhile. https://www.greatloop.org/
We got to rekindle friendships that began on our Loop! Ray, Marilyn Antonacci, Shelly and Jim A after checking in at the registration booth. SPINNING DREAMS III and Shellerina met up at several ports along the way.

We particularly enjoyed presentations by the Costas on cruising the Bahamas , and by the Fullers on cruising the Down-east Canadian Loop!

Shelly facilitated a round table discussion on Galley Tips. All chairs were soon filled with fun-loving attendees after this pic was taken.

Her virtual “handout”: https://shellerina.com/looptips/

Ray facilitated a round table about the popular Looper boat, Mainship 350/390.

Ray’s virtual “handout”: https://shellerina.com/mainship390/

There were *some* signs of hurricane Nicole, but most of Fort Meyers has recovered. Several Looper friends of ours lost their boats in that hurricane, including Marilyn and Jim Antonacci.
This Ft Meyers municipal marina is where Shelly and I spent Thanksgiving 2021! It is right in the thick of things in that town, close to great eating on First St!

Remembering Thanksgiving 2021 in Ft Meyers: https://shellerina.com/2021/11/25/giving-thanks-today/


We’ve been reading up on the Bahamas… we have begun some of the legal processes to ensure we could go to the Bahamas AND make it legal to return to the United States when we’re done!

Gene is loaning us his chart books.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has sent us this sticker so we have a chance to be able to be re-admitted into the USA if we decide to go “overseas!”
When a foreign vessel sails within a couple miles of a port like the Bahamas, it is often required to fly a solid yellow “Q” flag for “quarantine” which means the vessel has not cleared customs yet in that country. Only the captain is permitted to go ashore to get clearance for passengers and crew to obtain all the proper clearances.

We are learning a lot about the process, and are jumping through the hoops in case we decide to ‘go for it!’

Splash Day after a full month on the hard…

January 6 is famous for many things:

– Twelfth day of Christmas, aka “Little Christmas”

– The Epiphany

– 2nd anniversary of the attacks on the US Capital

But for Shelly and I, we’ll now remember it as Splash Day after being hauled out December 6, 2022 for a bottom job and some fiberglass repairs.

Being high and dry for a month can dry out the packing material in the “stuffing box” which is keeps most water from coming into the boat where the propeller shaft comes through. This seems to have happened to our boat, so there was a slow but steady stream of seawater coming in around the shaft.

The fix is simply to tighten the stuffing box so the material compresses a little tighter around the shaft. That’s what we did, and it worked! The next time we haul the boat out, we’ll have new packing material added in the stuffing box.

Jacksonville Jaguars stun the Jets!

Locals here are going crazy over tonight’s upset over the NY Jets 19-3.

Jags top their Division! AFC South…

Shelly and I are starting to feel like local Jaguars fans!

The Texans beat the Titans today Dec 24, so that puts Jacksonville at the top of their division!

Can they hold on? Well, the Titans host the Cowboys in 5 days for TNF… we’ll see what happens. (Jag+Texans on Jan 1…)

This third strait win means Jacksonville could make it into the playoffs!


January 7, 2023 Addendum

The Jags beat the Titans on January 7 to make the playoffs and secure their division!


Addendum January 14, 2023

Amazing comeback playoff game! Coming back from a 27 to ZERO deficit to win. It will take a lot of talent and luck to beat the Chiefs this Saturday January 21, but we’ll be rooting for them will all the locals around us here in Jacksonville.

OK… Sat night (Jan 21, 2023) addendum:

So the Jaguars fell to the Chiefs 20-27 today. The Jags had several chances to win this game that they could not materialize. But they played a good and respectable game that they can be proud of. We hope Mahomes heals up.

Everyone agrees that the QB, Coach, and whole Team will be one to watch in the next season! Nice job to the locals… nice job Jaguars!

San Marco…

We had a great BBQ lunch with Patty and Gene at the Bearded Pig part of this San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville FL.

Musicians were setting up for a few sets under the gazebo in Balis Park.

What a great part of Jacksonville. Just south of South Riverwalk area. Our hotel is nearby (while the boat is getting worked on.)



Holiday lunch with Gene and Patty of Galene was great! We’ll come back to this place so close-by us.
… a great village in Jacksonville!

Project Day

With a boat, it often feels like most every day is a project day! But when your boat is on the hard, you gotta find someone else’s project to work on!

So today, I assisted Gene Rutkowski of Galene splice the “good end” of his anchor line to his chain. Splicing 8-Plait anchor line is a good skill to acquire; today we got more practice together!

We tested it thru the electric windlass, and it went through just fine! I found that his 5/16” chain went thru his Lewmar 002 gypsy very smoothly. So what I learned is that the 002 works perfectly well with 5/16” chain. Whereas my 3/8” chain worked “rough” thru my 002 gypsy; the 003 gypsy that came with my new V3 windlass (installed last fall) works much smoother with 3/8”.

The other ‘well worn’ end is now tied inside his anchor locker.


Today’s project: install a larger Accumulator Tank!

Finding a place for a new component is always a challenge. This is in the port engine room looking forward where the fresh water supply valves and pump are. (The port fuel tank is to the left.) The valve underneath is the port fuel line shut-off for the equalizer fuel line between the tanks.
Proof of Concept & testing the new tank and improved fresh water system. There was no accumulator tank when we bought the boat in 2020. We added a 1-quart accumulator tank, but we’ve never been happy with it. So now a larger 4 gallon tank smooths the flow for our fresh water system. It should improve the longevity of our fresh water pump too. We’ve had to replace that twice?!? In as many years.
Looks like one drip to fix in the morning!

More pics will follow as this project progresses. So far, we really like the smoother water delivery and the pump seems much happier with its less frequent cycling.

Lambs Yacht Center, Jacksonville FL & nearby Huckins

Week 2 here at Lambs Yacht Center, Ortega River, Jacksonville FL. They moved us to a new slip under cover! We had been getting bombarded by lots of free fertilizer from the Canada Geese who live here. It is much better inside! They will be hauling us on Tuesday Dec 6 for some work. We’ll move to a hotel near our YMCA during that time.
Our neighbor on the port side is a Huckins Fairform Flyer. This well-loved yacht manufacturer is located just east of Lambs … walking distance from us. Reportedly, they are the oldest boat builder in the US still in business.

Founded in the mid 1920s, Huckins built PT-Boats during World War II, but are now known for finely appointed pleasure yachts. I was first introduced to them a month ago when we were tied up beside one in Norfolk. Its octogenarian owner was very proud of how well cared for it was, and for good reason.

See more about the history here, including a downloadable book: https://www.huckinsyacht.com/company/history

Shellerina enters St Johns River FL!

My brother Russ was waiting for us where southbound traffic on the ICW on Sisters Creek empties into St Johns River as we passed into our hailing port!
Jacksonville’s key bridges (two of many) if going “up” St Johns River… which mainly flows from south to north!
Fortunately, this CSX Railroad bridge is normally open to boat traffic, as only the smallest of boats can pass when it is closed. (FL bridges monitor VHF-09).