Apalachicola to Carrabelle Via ICW
19 January 2008 | Moorings Marina in Carrabelle
GLR/Overcast with light rain
Friday, 1/18/2008 - After a comfortable night at the Scipio Creek Marina in Apalachicola, our intrepid crew awakened to a cold, overcast day with little wind. Breakfast and morning routine were at a leisurely pace since the leg to Carrabelle is only 26 nm. Underway at 1020, we proceeded to the well-marked channel across Apalachicola Bay and encountered a suction dredge working in the main channel. The channel is narrow, but we managed to ease around his port side without incident. The current of around two kts. became a factor when we passed a green can close aboard to starboard and noticed depth had dropped to 5ft.: all stop and hard to port to recover the main channel. Obviously, we were being set hard to the East without much indication.
As cold, overcast days go, the rest of the leg was uneventful. Nevertheless the "Gulls" were huddled in the Main Salon the entire trip. Lunch was a tuna salad highlight of the day, surpassed only by the grilled oysters at Pirate's restaurant in Carrabelle. We arrived at the fuel pier at 1500, having averaged 5.9 kts even though the wind was on the nose the entire leg and even motor-sailing was not possible.
An engine oil check caused us to notice the water pump and alternator drive belts were wearing more rapidly than we anticipated. We have two new sets on board so tomorrow we will replace engine belts while we await a good weather window to make our first blue-water crossing, from East Pass to Clearwater. (GLR)