We play our bill at the office and leave mid-morning for Manatee Pocket just south of Stuart. Since it is still quite warm we are happy to be motoring into 20 knots of wind. Just enough wind chill to make for a comfortable day on the water. We stayed at Manatee Pocket on our last trip, hiding out from high winds and rain. The entrance is rather shallow, but we never saw less that 7.9 feet, this time. Manatee Pocket is very protected, but one of the two anchorages is full with derelict live aboard boats and the other larger anchorage is more than ½ full with derelict and neglected boats. Manatee Pocket has lots of Marinas and a number of good on the water restaurants.