CT to FL Day 25
New Smyrna Beach, FL to Coca, FL
We had a great visit with Peter and Charlotte Behr... dinner with great friends.
We left from the marina this morning at 0700 headed out with current running against us... hate mornings when you start out at a slow pace and the current stayed with us until we reached Mosquito Lagoon and then the current was basically no help just not slowing us down.
Forecast was for 50% chance of rain and 10-15 knots winds... saw only one short shower and the winds were from 20 knots to 30 knots all day and it was creating a short chop. Did not effect the ride... just noisy with wind and the short choppy waves.
We really were anticipating seeing a lot of boats again today since it was Sunday... but we were surprised to see very few boats at all. The same trawler that has been passing each day passed us again today. He actually commented on the VHF about it... wondering how we keep getting ahead of them.
We had planned to go to Cocoa and have lunch and then continue on a till sunset and anchor. However, plan changed and we will be having dinner in Cocoa and spending the night here at the town dock.
We arrived and were securely docked at 1400 at the Cocoa Town Dock. Our location for the night N28°21.294', W080°43.324'
. We traveled today for 7 hours covering 45.6 nautical miles averaging 6.5 knots.
Tonight we will have dinner at Ryan's village Pizza... love this place !
Posted at 1:39 PM
CT to FL Day 24
St. Augustine, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL
I woke up this morning before the alarm went off... 0515 and wide awake. Susan and Lily still sound asleep... no sense in laying in bed... up and prepared to leave. Dropped the mooring line and was underway at 0615.
Destination for the day... New Smyrna Beach.
We had the half and then it switched to on our nose till we reached the south end of Daytona Beach and it boosted us to 7.5 to 8.0 knots until we reached New Smyrna Beach and it was back on our nose for the last few miles.
Tons and tons of boats out today... Saturday and the small boats and wave runners were everywhere.
We found out from Peter and Charlotte Behr that the free docks were full so we reserved a slip at the New Smyrna Beach Marina just a half male back from the free docks. Never have stayed here before... seems like a nice place.
Our location for the night N29°01.917', W080°54.776'
. We traveled today for 9 hours and 15 minutes covering 59.0 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots.
We will get to see Peter and Charlotte Behr tonight... that is the best part about New Smyrna Beach.
Posted at 3:38 PM
CT to FL Day 23
Cumberland Island, GA to St. Augustine, FL
Anchor up and underway at 0700 just before this sunrise... again the anchor chain was clean... except for some type of vegetation that was infested with small crabs.
10 minutes and we were back out to the ICW and heading north. The decision to cross St. Andrews sound yesterday was a good one... soon as we cleared the trees of the anchorage we had 25 knot winds out of the NE and the waves were 2 footers even this far in from the sound. They only lasted for about 5 minutes and we turned to run with them and did not even notice them.
The weather was nice again today... sunny for the most part... and windy in the morning... subsiding in the afternoon.
More boat traffic today with two trawlers passing us and a lot of small recreational boats. We also heard a lot of boats on the VHF.
We did get to see a submarine in Kings Bay... after we passed through the area the Coast Guard started hailing boats to warn of the impending escort of the sub out to sea... we made it through just in time as they were actually have boats stop... pull out of the channel and hold station until the sub and escort boats had passed.
We ran until sunset which landed us in St. Augustine. We took a mooring ball at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Our location for the night N29°53.339’, W081°18.439’
. We traveled today for 10 hours and 15 minutes covering 72.0 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.
Posted at 4:59 PM