A Jetski Tour, An Accident Waiting To Happen, And Other Randomness

Earlier this week I finally got a jetski tour at work…a jetski tour. It was still pretty windy on the oceanside, so we spent the entire time cruising around the bay. The last place we stopped on the tour was a special, little, not so secret spot, that I only I seem to go to.

Swimming around in this small clearing in the mangroves we saw more barracuda than I’ve ever seen back there. This photo doesn’t even do it justice. There must have been hundreds of them swimming around back there.

baby barracuda

I made my monthly grocery run up to Winn Dixie the following day, and made this discovery. They now carry Keez Beez honey. Keez Beez is a natural, raw honey, made right here in the Florida Keys…unlike most of the other fake processed stuff, labeled as honey.

Keez Beez natural honey

Sparky made a new friend as usual. He’s such a little lap dog!

Sparky making new friends

I saw this boat tied up at one of the docks, which looks like an accident waiting to happen. A Danforth anchor is a proven design that’s been around for years. Why go with a cheap pseudo imitation, especially on a small anchor like this, where a Danforth that size wouldn’t even cost that much?

bad anchor

Then I looked a little closer, and realized neither of the shackles on the anchor rode are seized. The bolt on the shackle connecting the anchor to the chain or the one connecting the chain to the line, could come loose at any time.

unseized anchor shackle

Here in the Keys, we don’t just have derelict sailboats and powerboats. We even have derelict kayaks! These 2 sit on kayaks have been abandoned in the mangroves for months. Amazingly, except for some growth on the bottom, they’re both in like new condition.

abandoned kayaks

Here’s another one, that I’m guessing was left in the same spot, much longer. Sadly, even this one looks like it was in great condition, when it was first left there. It probably sank, only because it’s a sit in kayak, so it filled with water, from rain.

sunken kayak

They were predicting storms all day yesterday. Luckily, most of the nasty weather passed to the north of us. We did eventually get a lot of rain, but not until later in the afternoon.

storms in south Florida

11 Responses to A Jetski Tour, An Accident Waiting To Happen, And Other Randomness

  1. It doesn’t surprise me that people would leave their kayaks? Is this just littering or is there a reason why people abandon them so often? Seems like laziness to me.

    The honey looks wonderful by the way. It must taste amazing. Most of the stuff in the supermarkets is just re-labeled high-fructose corn syrup.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • In some cases, I think it’s people with little to no money living on a derelict boat. When they move on, usually when they boat becomes so bad that it’s no longer livable, they leave the kayak behind. These one look too nice and new for that to be the case, though.

      The honey is amazing. A happy, and surprising find, considering that most of what’s in the grocery store is chemicals.

  2. Hi Chris,

    Gorgeous pics of the water and sky. I’m so jealous. The snow up here is finally starting to melt. Sparky looks happy.

    That jetski tour spot where you guys stopped is cool. Those barracuda look big and dangerous…or am I getting them confused with pirrhana?

    Question for you…what do you like in particular about Danforth anchors? I’m still learning all about boats and which brands are the best.

    Thanks!
    -Alyssa

    • Thanks Alyssa!

      He’s always happy to cuddle.

      These are just little guys. The biggest one was only about 2′, but most were only closer to 1′ or even smaller. The ones you see out on the reef are much bigger. Barracuda look mean, but they’re really not dangerous. They’re kind of curious, but if you get too close they’ll swim away.

      It’s not that I’m a big Danforth fan, but cheap knockoffs of any design, are usually cheaply made. Different anchors for different purposes, and bottoms, or just if one doesn’t hold. We have a big Danforth that we use as a backup, but our primary anchor is a Rocna.

      Chris

  3. It looks like you’re living the high life out there with your jet ski and the Barracudas. I wouldn’t mind one of them Kayaks.
    Randomness certainly describes your post. Short and sweet and very enjoyable.
    By the way, those Kayaks would be lifted in no time in my neck of the woods, so it’s nice to see that you live in a place where your stuff is safe from the two legged land barracudas.

    • I wouldn’t mind having an extra kayak on board the boat either. Thanks! If you go back up to the mainland, or even some other parts of the Keys, those kayaks wouldn’t have lasted a day. There’s some land barracuda down here in some areas too.

  4. Those kayaks might have drifted away from the main boat. I have seen people leave kayaks untied on their swim platforms. I wouldn’t be surprised if it blew away in one of those storms you have had lately.

    With the un-seized anchor, I have yet to see a powerboat with seizing wire. It seems only sailboats do that around here. Being how they tied the chain to the cleat with no protection for the gelcoat, I’m not surprised that they didn’t properly connect their anchor rode.

    Herb

    • I know all about the runaway kayak Herb. We almost lost our’s in a storm a while back. Luckily it blew into the mangroves.

      These have been here far too long for that to be the case. Someone told me that the paddleboard rental moves everything over here, that’s been left on the beach for a while, and getting in their way.

      I’m not sure how many powerboats vs. sailboats down here have seizing wire, but I’d bet anything, you’ll see a big difference in cruisers and live aboards vs. weekend warriors.

  5. That anchor isn’t even properly fastened down to the roller. Some dummy must be looking to make an insurance claim.

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