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Sunday, December 8, 2013

St Augustine

Welcome to Florida!  Cumberland Island is the last stretch of coast in Georgia, so it was only 30 minutes or so after departure that we crossed into Florida.  Our first stop was St Augustine which is unlike any other place in Florida that I've ever visited.  It has history, architecture, an old fort, and lots of charm.  In contrast, most of Florida has emerged over the past 50 years.  St Augustine is actually the oldest city in North America, though not the oldest in the US since it didn't become pat of the States until Florida became a territory in 1822 and a State in 1845.  We spend a full day wondering around and sampling the food which is always welcome.

Skipping ahead a bit we ended up at anchor just south of Cape Canaveral.  We could see the VAB and launch gantries off in the distance, and were reminded of the launch we saw back in 1985.  It was right at dawn, and one of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen.  The sad part is that after the launch completed and the base opened for visitors, we went for a tour and saw Challenger on the launch pad getting prepped for its ill-fated mission about a week later.

The next day after we got underway there were non-stop security calls on the VHF warning about keep-out zones for a pending launch later that morning.  And we were right there.  I jotted down the launch time with great plans to turn and look behind us at the appointed time, but guess what?  I completely forgot and the darn thing took off right behind us.  My brother said he could see it from New Jersey, and I missed it in the rear view mirror.  Oh well.

We finally arrived pretty much as planned at our pause-point in Palm Beach Gardens.  Through a friend we leased a privately owned slip in a condo-marina which has worked out great.

Later in the week we caught a flight home for the holidays.  It took 6 weeks door-to-door to get to Florida in the boat, and 6 hrs to get home.  That's cruising, and we love it :-)


2 comments:

Roger Couture said...

A short comment just to tell you how much I do appreciate your blog, surely one of the most interesting ,clearly expressed, and comprhensive from a tecnical point of view,that I have read in the past eleven years, and God knows that I have read a lot.For your info, I am from Gatineau,Quebec (facing Ottawa on the Ottawa River), and I have been navigating an 1989 Albin 43 Sundeck since 2004. I particularly appreciated your research on chart plotters and monitors. I do navigate with Rose Point since May 2005( very satisfied) on my laptop and did replace an old Furuno Radar and GPS reader 3 years ago with a Garmin chartplotter and radar which I use mainly as Radar screen and map overlay.Given the age of my old laptop i was precisely looking to replace it and add monitors on the Flybridge and Inside. It is why I was so much interested by your own research on the subject. I am also following with great pleasure the construction of your N60, although for me it would stay just a dream.. By the way I presume you have given some thoughts about the Anchor?

Best wishes

Roger Couture
Boat Purefolie

Peter Hayden said...

Hi Roger, and thanks for the comment.

Anchors? Wow, talk about something that people will debate forever.....

We have a Manson Supreme on our Grand Banks and have been very pleased with it, so are doing the same thing again. The Grand Banks Manson is about 80lbs, and the one for the N60 is about 180lbs.