Yep, we’re nuts. As you can see on the map, we proceeded to Marco Island Marina in the dark. Dave was very nervous, especially since the chart plotter didn’t agree with the chart on my phone or the directions given to us. Fortunately, my phone charts agreed with the dockmaster’s directions, so Dave ignored the chartplotter and steered right across the “land” in front of us. Of course, I was on the bow with a spotlight and didn’t see any land, but it was still nerve wracking.
As Dave followed the directions and my charted route from them, his confidence grew. The directions were perfect! Thank goodness! The next nervous moment was passing under the power lines. The dockmaster told me there was a 70’ clearance; we require a 68’ clearance. Close, but no problem, right? So next we look up the tide. Of course, our arrival was timed with a high tide of +2.8’! Uhhhh… Now we were not so sure we’d make it. I did the next obvious thing and checked the chart to see if the vertical clearance was recorded. It was listed at 76.8’. Ok, let’s go for it! Notice the power poles right in the channel, which were unlit in the dark!
We slid under the power lines and Dave did a beautiful job of parallel parking us on the dock. Whew! So all tied up and back inside to discuss the night, we asked Dave’s dad, John, if he was nervous going under the power lines. Now nothing shakes this guy. But he said, “Nervous? Oh yeah! I was scared sh**less!”