Passage - Fernandina - Palm Cove Marina, Jacksonville, FL
06 December 2017 | Palm Cove Marina
Sunday, December 3, 2017
31 miles 5.1 Engine Hours
8:34 AM Underway
1:24 PM Docked Port Side to Slip C10
(Reposted to correct today's picture )Started out in not quite a fog but decided visibility was so low that we should run the navigation lights. We had a following current for most of the way round Amelia Island. But then extreme head currents slowed us under 4 tkos, The worst was when we went under the San Pablo Bridge. I had enough power on to be going 7.5kts. Was doing 2kts! This was the most extreme current we have even been in. Later I spoke with a sailboat that said he ran as hard as normal and was sitting still and had to over-rev the engine to get through the bridge. Other than the slow going the channel had plenty of water all the way to Jacksonville.
I noticed my tachometer was suddenly reading 0 when the motor was running at 1800RPMs. Before I could call Susan to see if the lower helm tachometer was also reading 0 the flybridge tachometer resumed working and never flinched the rest of the day.
The tachometer is connected to the alternator and counts pulses off one of the diodes inside the alternator. So, is my alternator about to fail? Could just be a bad ground connection or a loose connection at the tachometer. Until it stays broken ti's too hard to tell.
Along our passage we saw more broken docks, sunken or boats blown up into shallows. Hurricane's Mathew and Irma have damaged much around this area.
We had a Deja vu moment entering Palm Cove Marina. We didn't remember the name, but we have been here before. The very nice restaurant, Marker 32, was closed Monday night and we opted for not crossing the 7 lane highway to other nicer restaurants and ended up at Wendy's.
We ended staying two days and I got back to working on installing a high water alarm in the bilge. It's on my "to do" list and running the wires to the fly bridge is going to be the tough part. Planning where to mount devices is a very difficult process due to space limitations of a boat. Running wires is often difficult. I've got it figured out, but not cut out the spot on the flybridge. That will be done on another day. We are headed to Marineland today.
Today's picture is a pretty spectacular sunrise just a few minutes ago.