Saturday, February 5, 2011

More motoring than sewing or sailing.

One of the problems with the Intracoastal is that even though you may have a sail boat you are going to motor almost the whole way. But anyway at least we're finally in Florida and closer to sailing than we have been in weeks.

We arrived in St. Augustine, FL on Monday and ended up staying until today. Hans had replaced a pulley on our raw water intake and we ended up with problems. Seeing smoke pour out of the exhaust instead of fresh water is never a good thing. We hope it's finally fixed but at least this extra time allowed us to meet some fellow cruisers and we all ended up going out to a Martini Bar last night. We had a great time visiting and sharing both good stories and bad. It's always nice to hear that you're not the only people who seem to get into fixes with your boat. I was thankful that I actually had one pair of jeans that don't have huge holes in the knees. Believe it or not I've mended both a pair of jeans and a pair of capris but they continue to rip anyway! Boats are hard on everything.

Earlier in the day when we were walking around St. Augustine I happened upon a quilt store and went in to buy some thread and as I was paying for it I apologized for our appearance. I promised them we weren't derelicts even though we certainly looked like it. They were probably afraid we'd come in to rob them.

Here is our boat as seen from the bridge.
This beautiful building is now Flagler College. It was originally built as a hotel and by today's standards would cost about a thousand dollars a day to stay there! Hans said he felt like he was in Spain as the Spanish influence is still really strong here.

Even though it was cool, we were able to keep the cockpit door open until bedtime. As I sat in the salon and read for a while I could see the foggy lights of the bridge in the distance.

We finally set out again today and will have to anchor tonight. One of our fellow boaters arrived at an anchorage awhile ago and called us to let us know that his anchor held nicely and that there is room for us.

Tomorrow we hope to arrive in the Daytona Area (Port Orange) in the afternoon and Hans is itching to watch the Super Bowl.


marysews said...

Seriously, tell me where your next 3 meals will be and we might catch up with you (if you want). Between the Ormond Bridge and the Mason Ave bridge, turn starboard and wave at me! marysews @ gmail dot com

BrusselsSprout_Katharine said...

What a beautiful picture at night! Looks idyllic.

laura said...

Mary, I'll give you a holler!

Katharine, it really was a pretty evening and since we haven't had a whole lot of those lately we really appreciated it.