While we really enjoyed our stay at Ortega Landing (great marina, convenient access to groceries, free laundry, which is a big win, pool and hot tub!) I wouldn't want it to be my home port. It takes about 2 hours of travel to get to the intercoastal, and all of that is commercial or industrial. If you recall coming into Jacksonville we passed a number of tugs all rushing to assist a freighter, all going fast, and all making huge wakes. Also we got held up by a very low railroad bridge.
|Zoom in to see the gun on that orange boat!|
Then we hit the Gem's 6 foot wake. The ship was traveling 8.3 knots when it passed us, and we couldn't get wide. Needless to say, small chaos ensued.
We also passed a commercial shrimp boat, but that went without incident.
|The dog walk here is a bit of a long one.|
Yes, that blue boat is HUGE!
We've had a number of squalls just after arrival. So, good timing!