Vero Beach To St. Augustine - 2017
|This is a painted version of a photograph I took of the moored boats |
as one of the brief rain showers passed through this morning.
I thought this photo treatment best captured
the mood of the rain shower.
|This wind prediction (one week out) is for 5/22 off-|
shore of Fernandina Beach, the day before our
planned ocean passage to Charleston
|Our new practice includes NO knots in tailing fender |
line and NO more tying fenders to lifelines!
Vero Beach to Addison Point
We departed our slip at Vero Beach City Marina this morning, Thursday, May 18, at 7:05 AM. Our trip was going smoothly and we were making good time so we kept going beyond our original destination.
|This sand bar was not on our charts and it was very close to the ICW.|
|This was the first motor vessel we saw that was sunk along the ICW. |
I think this sinking was since Hurricane Matthew.
|This was the second motor vessel that we saw sunken today. |
Again, I think this sinking was since Hurricane Matthew.
At the end of our first day on the ICW we anchored in the Indian River just north of Addison Point at MM 883. We traveled 69 statute miles today, the last 5 or so miles was traveling extremely slow due to the fact that the Addison Point Bridge was closed between 3:30 and 5 PM. In fact, we anchored just south of the bridge for almost 45 minutes. We could have made a 3:30 PM opening but we didn't calculate the distance and our boat speed correctly. It was a long day--I'll sleep soundly tonight!
Addison Point to Daytona Beach
Despite being 3 or mores miles from land, last's night anchorage was fine as a nice 5-10-knot breeze blew through our open hatches. We raised the anchor at 7:30 AM and got underway again. It is difficult to be enthused about the water here after being in the Bahamas. It seems like the water is more a means to transport us than to be a thing of beauty.
|A tiny island on the Indian River. This was |
actually a color photograph.
|The Haulover Creek Bridge was broken--this bridge was broken |
on our way south too (but the other span).
We traveled the entire length of Mosquito Lagoon today--this was a long and boring part of our day.
|As we approached New Smyrna Beach, this was the |
first derelict boat we encountered coming north--it
was in the same spot when we came down
the ICW earlier this year.
|This was the second derelict boat we encountered.|
|...and the third derelict boat near New Smyrna Beach.|
We anchored near Daytona Beach at about 2:45 PM, as our long day came to a close. We got very close to running aground in New Smyrna Beach today, just like we did on on way south. Our shallow depth alarm sounded but we just scraped by without a grounding and we were right in the center of the channel according to our chart plotter. This is the only spot we had difficulty on the ICW in Florida.
Daytona Beach to St. Augustine
We pulled up anchor at 6:45 AM so that we could get an opening at the Memorial Bascule Bridge prior to rush hour traffic--it is closed between 7:45 and 8:45 AM. Well, it is closed permanently--the guide book just hasn't caught up with that yet. Two cranes were employed to tear down the old bridge supports and install the new supports for the new replacement (fixed) bridge.
|This is a modest residential area along the ICW |
just north of Daytona Beach.
|ICW marker #23: an early morning reflection|
|Only the east span of this bridge was able to open for us.|
We arrived at St. Augustine Municipal Marina and grabbed a mooring (#18) at 1:45 PM--that 53 statute miles in 7 hours (7.57 mph or 6.58 knots). We were helped a large portion of the day by favorable tidal currents, a lot of times reaching 8 knots.
We will be staying here in St. Augustine for at least four days. This afternoon when we mounted the outboard engine on the dinghy, the pull cord didn't engage with the engine and the engine could not be started. We have located a repair technician but it will take until at least Tuesday evening for the repairs to be made.
This evening a nice sea breeze is blowing into the mooring field from the southeast. It is keeping the boat nice and cool. I'm sure we will sleep very soundly tonight!
We are facing the threat of severe afternoon thunderstorms during the next several days and have decided to cancel our ocean passage from Fernandina Beach to Charleston, opting for slogging up the ICW through Georgia instead.
Our next blogpost will cover some of our experiences here in St. Augustine...
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