Monday, Nov 29
St. Augustine Municipal Marina
Mooring Ball M56
Distance Traveled: 12.4 nm
Total Distance: 1670.93nm
This morning we woke about 7am and started the engine at 8am. It was a warm night last night and breezy. I needed to have the hatch open to be cool enough to sleep. I was covered with a sheet and Phil had the quilt on since he was in the breeze stream. It was 72F outside, 75 F inside, and Winds were E 11-13 kts. There are banks of clouds and it looks like maybe we'll get more sunshine later. Shortly after we left the anchorage, the belt for the alternator squealed. It stopped making noise and Phil will check it later. The batteries were dead this morning even though the inverter was off and we really hadn't used them that much.
Phil took the helm and drove the how distance. I took advantage of using the inverter while the engine was running and was on the computer. Katie slept until about 9am. We passed the St. Augustine Inlet at 955am and just made it through the 10am opening of the Bridge of Lions. We stopped to get diesel and have a pumpout and then get a mooring ball. That was a fiasco! We were suppose to get M54 - but another boat took it. Then they assigned us M46 after we requested something closer in that the first substitute mooring ball. We motored over looking for it as an open mooring ball - couldn't find it. Then we looked and another boat was using it. I called out to them that it was assigned to us and they said that a man in a boat had told them to us it or M56. So we took M56, but that wasn't pretty either. The line was coiled so I couldn't get it with the boat hook. Phil jumped to the rescue and picked it up when it was at the boarding gate and then after putting the line through the loop, we pulled the line so it came forward until I could cleat it off. After we were settled, the husband and wife with their 3 kids (7yo boy, 5yo girl and 2yo boy) came over in their dinghy to talk and explained in more detail what happened. It seems that the buy in the boat isn't communicating with the guy in the office about who has which balls. We exchanged boat carts and all is well now.
Phil checked the alternater belt and the SS bolt broke in half. Good thing that he had a replacement and it's all fixed. It was his last one so will have to get another here.
As I'm writing this blog, the sun has come and Phil is searching for the lunch meat. Time to get some more bread and other items at the store. The dinghy is all set for us to go into town.
We see many boats that were at St. Marys GA. S/V Haven is here and we heard S/V White Seal calling for a pump out. S/V Glen Lyon has just arrived and we'll have to visit them as my sunglasses were left there yesterday.