Rhode Island to Florida - Day 14
We took a little break from our early morning departures at Palm Coast... Susan was able to go to the store and buy a few things to restock... personally I took advantage of the down time and slept in till 1000 hours... it was great!
After Susan returned from the store we borrowed Barbara and Barry's car and drove over to visit Phil and Sarah Lowe for a few minutes... they live just a few streets away from the Kipnis' house.
We returned to the boat about 1330 hours and got ready to depart... at 1400 hours we dropped the lines and headed out. Leaving so late we would attempt to get to New Smyrna Beach which was about 40 nm south of Palm Coast.
We arrived to new Smyrna Beach at 1930 hours... There is a free dock here that we could use but we opted to go to the New Smyrna Beach Marina (N29°01.652', W080°55.225') where we could plug in for power. It was a rather cold day and the evening was forecast to be in the low 40'sso we would need heat. We could of run the generator but opted for the quieter approach... a shore power cord... :)
End of day we traveled for 5-1/2 hours and covered 40 nautical miles... had to have four bridges open for us... LB Knox bridge, the Main Street Bridge, the Memorial Bridge, and the George Musson Memorial Bridge... all four bridges were on request so no waiting time at any of them.
Posted at 9:58 PM
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 13 (con't)
We arrived in St. Augustine at 1645 hours... passed under the Bridge of Lions at 1700 hours... made the decision to continue on to Palm Coast. We would stop at our friends Barbara and Barry Kipnis's house. We arrived at 1930 hours and rafted to their boat behind their house.
Palm Coast, FL (N29°36.265', W081°12.707') being our final destination for the day... we traveled for 36-1/2 hours covering 250 nautical miles.
Posted at 10:36 PM
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 13
After cruising all night through rain and fog we arrived at Fernandina Beach (N30°43.087' W080°24.085') a little ahead of schedule at 0800 hours. We entered the inlet and back into the ICW to continue south.
As we were passing Fernandina Harbour Marina we noticed the 60’ Grand Banks our friend Mike Effort was delivering to Florida was at the dock. We stopped to say "Hi" and also allow Susan to walk Beecha... 30 minutes later we were back on our way south.
It's great to finally be back in Florida... it could be warmer and sunny but still a good feeling.
After moving pretty much non-stop for over 24 hours today's final destination will probably be St. Augustine... a short day to have a relaxing evening.
Since leaving Charleston yesterday morning we have traveled 190 nautical miles in roughly 28 hours... since leaving Rhode Island we have traveled 967 nautical miles.
Posted at 10:47 AM