C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Above and below the moat

Thunder storms and winds continue to linger in the area.  We walked the moat surrounding the fort in the morning.  Why does a fort surrounded by water need a moat?  Well the low wall and moat were designed to protect the fort from attack from barges loaded with explosives.  They also provide protection from waves during tropical storms. 

Later in the day we snorkeled around the moat.  Coral, fans, and parrot fish along the low wall were delightful, but the highlight was sighting a 4’ tarpon.  

We met Wes Pratt on SV Eos around midday.  Wes has spent the past three weeks at Fort Jefferson studying the mating behavior of nurse sharks.  Wes has studied the sharks in the area for 19 years.  More information on his research can be found at…Mote Marine.   Prior to 2001 Wes camped at the park; in 2001 he purchased a Morgan 41 and now resides in the anchorage.  

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