Emerald is about 10-15 minutes by boat from the Villages launch I use. But, there are several launches around you, even one on the east side of emerald bay. Actually, I think there are 2 launches in Emerald...
Dude, don't worry about it! I worked until late Friday and was busy most of the weekend anyway. it would have been a tough weekend to do it, I had several b-days and stuff going on... Glad to hear you had good water! We'll try again next time you're in the area.