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Puffin II's Log
Cocoa Village
01/25/2013

Anchor up at 0730 for the 56 SM to Cocoa Village. We were stuck behind a slow moving tug in the Haulover Canal. After talking to the tug captain over the VHF I was able to pass slowly once we were out of the canal

Later, where there was deeper water outside the channel, I re-swung the fluxgate compass that had developed significant deviation after I replaced the water heater in Baltimore last fall. This process did eliminate most of the deviation, but as soon as I turned off the DC power to the electronics it reverted back to its original setting and the deviation returned. Somehow it does not keep the setting in permanent memory, despite what the manual says.

Dropped anchor in the Cocoa Village anchorage at 1415, and went ashore to buy a couple of spare hose clamps. Finally shorts weather again, temperature in the low 80s.

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Rockhouse Creek, near Ponce de Leon Inlet
01/24/2013

Again underway at 0800. There are a few shallow spots in this section of the ICW, but with Puffin's shallow draft, and a tidal rise of 2ft we had no problem navigating the shallow areas near Matanzas Inlet. Finally we had dolphins playing in the bow wave for some time. I had seen them on many occasions before on this trip, but they didn't seem to like Puffin as much as they did Curlew.

We anchored in Rockhouse Creek near Ponce de Leon Inlet at 1625. A very pretty anchorage, protected from the ocean swell by the sandbanks in the inlet.

When I checked the oil level in the engine and the genset I discovered that there was oil in the oil drip pan at the bottom of the genset enclosure. It appears that the oil dipstick runs through a rubber hose that has a 90 deg bend, and then fits over a metal tube that is connected to the genset's oil pan. This hose had become detached. No surprise, as it was only held to the metal tube with a cable tie, where you would expect a hose clamp. The flexible dipstick over time had slowly worked the hose off its barb. I had to remove several access panels in order to get to the hose and finally was able to reconnect it and secure it with a hose clamp.

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Changes in St Augustine
01/22/2013, St Augustine, FL

I left Jacksonville at 0800 and noticed on the compass that I was heading north for the first few miles. Not exactly where I wanted to go, but that was the direction to get back to the ICW. When I returned to the Ortega marina on Tuesday the temperature was 80 deg. Shorts at last!. Next day, and the following days, the temperature did not get much above 50 during the day and high 30s at night. Brrrr!... Long pants, sweater and the heater on. Time to head south fast.

At 1015 I re-entered the ICW and I picked up a mooring in St Augustine at 1510. Quite a few changes since Mary and I last visited here: The Bridge of Lyons is now fully restored (or, more likely, completely rebuilt and way over budget at huge expense, and finished years later than planned), the derelict boats in the anchorage all gone (but now you have to pay $20 a night for a mooring).

It is a sign of the times: the great used book store had a going out of business sale. As I have observed before, the bookstore in downtown Charleston had closed, and so had the small independent bookstore in Beaufort SC. But for $7 I picked up a copy of Simon Schama's book about the French revolution. After this purchase I walked the mile to Sailor's Exchange, a wonderful store/junkyard which sells mostly used and some new boating equipment. A true treasure trove. And guess what I found: pull rings for the access panels to some of the lockers on Curlew that I had been looking for forever. I took 6, 3 short and 3 long. When I was ready to settle, the person behind the counter said "$40, but just give me $30". When I reacted surprised and told him that they came from a bin that listed them as $3 each, he commented that that must have a bin that was used for different items before. He ripped the sign off the bin, but told me that I was the last person to get them for $3!

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Jacksonville Landing, again
Thierry
01/21/2013, Jacksonville, FL

After filling the larders and the water tanks we were ready to leave. The first day's trip was a short one: Back to Jacksonville Landing. Unfortunately, my "favorite" spot across from Hooters was taken. I had to settle for a spot at the Fionn McCool Irish Restaurant and Bar. Dinner at Vito's Italian Café.

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The trip continues
Thierry
01/20/2013, Ortega Landing marina

After celebrating the holidays with friends and family in Philadelphia I took the train to Jacksonville and arrived back on board on Wednesday, January 16. Puffin II looked exactly as I had left her, except for lots of spider poop and a yellow sheen of pollen covering the decks. Pollen in January? I guess in Florida there is pollen year-round. After a thorough wash-down Puffin looked as clean as ever.

When I left in December I had unplugged the AC shore power system, and let the solar panels that I had installed last summer keep the batteries charged. This was to prevent premature wear on the zincs. The batteries were fully charged when I got back. I checked the fluid levels but the solar charging system had worked as designed.

I then installed an exhaust temperature alarm system. I heard of this gadget during the Trawlerfest seminars that I attended in Baltimore last fall and ordered one while I was in Philadelphia. It is supposed to trigger an audible alarm if there is no cooling water flow into the exhaust system before the engine itself overheats. It was easy to install. See the pictures in the side bar under Photo Gallery and Projects.

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End of part one of this trip
Thierry, sunny
11/29/2012, Ortega Landing Marina

We filled up with diesel at Lamb's Yacht Center and then moved to the Ortega Landing Marina. This is where I will leave Puffin II to return to Philadelphia for the holidays. I'll be back on board on January 16. Greg will leave Puffin tomorrow. He was an excellent crew member and a great companion on this trip.

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Jacksonville
Thierry
11/28/2012, Jacksonville Landing

It was quite hazy when we left, but the light fog burned off later in the day. Underway at 0735. An American Cruise Lines boat was ahead of us, and they were moving slowly through the winding and narrow channel. We passed two sailboats, but stayed behind the cruise boat. From the AIS application I could see that she was bound for St Augustine and as we were going to Jacksonville we would be free of her once we entered the St Johns River. Before we tied up at the public Jacksonville Landing we tried to get fuel at the Riverside Marina, but nobody responded to our VHF or phone calls, and there was nobody at the dock, so we left. Once we tied up at the public dock, Greg pointed out to me that I had picked a spot almost directly across from a Hooters restaurant. (No, we did not eat there this time.) Besides the typical harbor pavilion with chain restaurants and some shops there was not much else.

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To Fernandina Beach
Thierry
11/27/2012, Fernandina Beach anchorage

Our trips are getting shorter and shorter. Today we left the anchorage at Cumberland Island at 0830 and dropped anchor in Fernandina Beach at 0950, a distance of only some 7 NM. We found a decent spot in this tricky area. Two rivers meet here and the current is strong. We walked around town a bit, many clothing and bric-a-brac stores here. At night we had an excellent dinner at 29 South. Highly recommended..

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More Ruins
Thierry, sunny
11/26/2012, Cumberland Island, GA

Today was a short trip, from Jekyll Island to Cumberland Island. We left JI at 0800 and dropped anchor in the Cumberland Island anchorage at 1135. We got the dinghy ready and went ashore for a walk through this national park. Dirt roads, completely covered with live oaks and Spanish moss. At the end of the road were the ruins of a Carnegie summer "cottage" that was built in the 1880s, but destroyed by fire in 1945.

The fluxgate compass that we swung and calibrated yesterday was back to its old tricks again today. It seems as if it did not keep the calibration adjustment in its permanent memory. Strange indeed.

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Jekyll Island
Thierry, sunny
11/25/2012, Jekyll Island, GA

Although today's trip was only about 40 SM, we left our anchorage at 0715, to arrive early at the Jekyll Harbor Marina. On the way we reported two missing range markers and one damaged day mark to the Active Captain web site. This site lists user-provided hazard warnings and it rates anchorages and marinas. They depend on us boaters to provide the information that makes its site so useful. I also re-calibrated the fluxgate compass that controls the autopilot. In an earlier post I reported that the new water heater had caused significant deviation to this compass. After making two slow and wide turns in one of the inlets, without wind or waves, and very little current, the compass was re-calibrated with 5 degrees of deviation or less. That is quite acceptable to me. Now I have to redo the deviation tables for the steering and fluxgate compasses and we're done.

At 1210 we tied up at the Jekyll Harbor Marina. An electrical issue arose when we plugged in to one of their 30A shore power posts: The main circuit breaker panel that powers the fridge, water heater and battery charger had power, but the secondary panel, that is powered though the Prosine inverter/charger, had not. The charger function of the Prosine did not work either. It looked as if the Prosine did not recognize the incoming AC power. When I turned the inverter function of the Prosine to ON, it did provide AC from the 12V house bank, as if there was no external AC power. Weird. I powered the inverter down and turned it back on again: no change. Then we unplugged the shore power, and plugged our power cord into another 30A outlet. Everything worked fine. When I checked the 30A outlet that we had used first with a volt meter, I found no obvious faults: hot and neutral were OK, and there was no reverse polarity. This still puzzles me. Anyway, we're now hooked up to the 2nd 30A outlet and everything has been working fine.

In the afternoon I took a bike ride through the historic district of the island where in the early part of the 20th century the then captains of industry built their winter cottages. Mini mansions by modern standards, but quite modest compared to the "cottages" that some of them had built in Newport, RI. Then I visited the local museum and biked to the ruins of the 18th century Norton House near the northern tip of the island.

Back to the boat for a shower, and later dinner ashore at the SeaJay's Café and Pub.

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Anchored in New Teakettle Creek
Thierry
11/24/2012, New Teakettle Creek, GA

We left the Isle of Hope Marina at 0730. Going through coastal Georgia you pass all kinds of rivers, creeks and cuts with interesting names, such as Skiddaway Narrows, Moon River (from the early 60s song), Hell Gate, Ogeechee River, Sapelo Sound and Old Teakettle Creek. Now we are anchored in the New Teakettle Creek. We were the only boat in here until sunset, when two Nordic Tugs 42 came in and anchored near by. I took this picture a little after sunset, with the beautiful red sky and the two other NTs in the distance.

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Tourists in Savannah
Thierry
11/23/2012, Savannah, GA

On Friday we took the bus to Savannah and took a touristy trolley tour to see the old city and get an impression of the history of the city. Savannah has a much more southern feel than Charleston and is filled with tourist. Charleston, as small as it is, has a more cosmopolitan feel to it. But we only spent one day in Savannah, as tourists, so this is hardly an objective observation. I loved the little parks that were scattered around the old town. We visited the Jepson art museum; unfortunately most of it was closed in preparation of an exhibit with artworks from the Uffizi museum in Florence. We walked around the city a little bit and then took a taxi back to the marina; shopped at the Piggly Wiggly supermarket and filled the water tank in preparation for tomorrow's trip further south.

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