FINALLY…. Underway for our Summer Adventure

Sometimes things just don’t happen as planned! But still work out ok… We didn’t make it to the Keys with the boat this year. Memory Maker too… spent much of the winter waiting for a new outdrive. The repair work done in Canada last summer wasn’t done correctly, so when we got back into Jacksonville, she still had a leak. Everything had to come completely apart again all because the place in Canada failed to replace a $2.30 O-Ring.

Instead of taking a chance that we might have another problem with the XDP system, it was decided that we would put the new Ocean X Series outdrive on her. So MemoryMaker too… got a complete new outdrive on her during the winter. After a few show trips to work the bugs out, she is finally ready to cruise again.

Instead of taking a chance that we might have another problem with the XDP system, it was decided that we would put the new Ocean X Series outdrive on her. So MemoryMaker too… got a complete new outdrive on her during the winter. After a few short trips to work the bugs out, she is finally ready to cruise again.

 

On one of our winter trips, Honey Fitz, the Kennedy’s Presidential Yacht was tied up at The Landing downtown Jacksonville. She’s a 92 footer, weights 88 tons, built in 1931. She was in the middle of doing a 14-city charity tour.

On one of our winter trips, Honey Fitz, the Kennedy’s Presidential Yacht was tied up at The Landing downtown Jacksonville. She’s a 92 footer, weights 88 tons, built in 1931. She was in the middle of doing a 14-city charity tour.

Barbara’s sabbatical book project is completely finished. She was extremely busy with lots of deadlines to meet as the project finished up, so it was probably best that she was at home to burn the midnight oil. The C# Programming book is now printed and all of the instructor resources are complete.

Friday, May 24th we FINALLY pulled away from our home dock about 3:30.

It was an excessively low tide and the ICW channel was pretty skinny all the way into Fernandina, our first stop.

It was an excessively low tide and the ICW channel was pretty skinny all the way into Fernandina, our first stop. No this isn’t our dock, but that’s how they looked on our way into Fernandina.

Coming into Fernandina

Coming into Fernandina

We passed at least three sailboats hard aground and one was in the middle of the channel. We bumped the bottom ourselves as we cautiously made our way around it.

We met a towboat pushing a barge who was turning the waterway into a thick muddy mess while he churned the bottom. We had to pass by real close to him to stay in the channel.

We met a tugboat pushing a barge who was turning the waterway into a thick muddy mess while he churned the bottom. We had to pass by real close to him to stay in the channel.

Saturday morning we continued north on up the ICW to the Golden Isles Marina at St. Simons Island. This ride was at high tide, but a very bumpy ride. We heard sailboaters chatting on the VHF that offshore seas were 6 feet with winds at 25 knots. It was especially choppy as we went past the St. Andrews Sound. In order to cross that sound, you actually have to go out into the ocean to go around a red marker and then come back into the ICW. We did a bunch of rocking and rolling and actually took a bath several times as spray splashed over the bow of the boat.

Coming into St. Simons was also a little hairy. They have a really stiff current that runs through the channel. With the help of the dockhand we got secured to the dock without any problem. We’re planning to stay here through the holiday weekend to get stuff put away and ready for the trip north. Also planning to do some biking…there’s some great bike paths on the island!

Beaches at St. Simon were packed on Memorial Day weekend.

Beaches at St. Simons were packed on Memorial Day weekend.

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6 Responses to FINALLY…. Underway for our Summer Adventure

  1. Bob & Ina says:

    hope you have calm seas. where are you going this year?

    • Dave says:

      Heading to Wash DC and back. Will also spend some time in Southport area, think we will head up to Wilmington for a few days also. Actually going to stop at St. James Plantation again, there is a boat there I have found quite interesting. Hope you can follow along again.

  2. Gary Boelens says:

    You guys must sure love boating. Good luck to you.

    • Dave says:

      Yeah, it is a neat way to travel. Sure you have to stay in the channel markers but it is nothing like following lines on a roadway. Plus we have all our “home” with us, bed, table, fridge, toilet, we even have hot and cold running water, TV, the works.
      We;re going to run to Wash DC this year, hope you can enjoy following along.

  3. Coleen says:

    Glad to hear you are underway!!
    We’ll be following your journey Travel safe.

    Coleen and Mike

  4. Mary Doyle says:

    Glad you are on the way; Arrived home today.

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