Winds weren’t as high through night as forecasted so we decided to make some progress. We went through an “endless” canal (18 or so nm). Unhappily the winds finally did come up and the Alligator River was well in to the 20s maxing out at 42. With winds so high the bridge at the mouth couldn’t open so Peter found a somewhat sheltered spot which still feels the winds. Nothing like anchoring in 32 knot winds but Peter did a great job. Forecast is that winds will start to drop after midnight.
After some pondering about moving we settled for putting out a second anchor which served us well.