Here are some stats about our trip:
About 700-715 statute miles
19 days (two of them not traveling)
7 nights in a marina
1 night at a mooring ball
10 nights anchored
1 night crossing the Gulf
140 hours on the engine
40.9 hours generator
240 gallons of fuel
longest day was 24 hours traveling 155 miles across the Gulf
While anchored in St. Augustine harbor, Regis took off to get the dinghy registered, successfully. I cleaned the inside of the boat and called the marina to see if there was a cancellation for a slip or mooring. They told me a slip was available for one night. When Regis got back, we loaded the dinghy back on the boat and headed to the slip. Now that I had access to land, I disappeared and visited with a friend all afternoon who made me lunch. This amazing friend made dinner for us and brought it to the boat with her husband and we all ate an amazing dinner and enjoyed visiting. Wow, delicious food and wonderful friends.
We are on the waitlist in case there is an opening for a slip or mooring tomorrow and I have my fingers crossed. A slip would be ideal because the dinghy is currently set up to be extremely difficult to unload and load. It is on Regis’ long to-do list to get a better dinghy set up. Given how much trouble it is, if we anchor, I will not have access to land. I am happy to have this one night in a slip that I will consider myself fortunate if we only get this one night.
Once we got in the slip, I had the opportunity to see how many dinghies were sitting at the dock.
Regis: Another downside to anchoring out is worrying that the wind or current will move your boat so much it pulls the anchor out of the bottom. Not a good thing. A feature of marine GPS is to set an anchor alarm. Set the alarm for your current position and set the distance the boat is allowed to move. It will move back and forth which is acceptable to a point. The trick is to set the alarm distance large enough that it’s not going off every 10 minutes, but small enough that it can warn you before it’s too late.
Sometimes, like our first night in St. Augustine, no amount of adjustment made the GPS happy. Once tied up in a slip at the dock, I conducted an experiment. Being tied up, the boat would not move more than 12 inches in any direction. I set the anchor alarm and waited. While it did not go off, the GPS was clearly showing me that the boat was moving around. In fact, after several hours the boat looked to move about 20 feet in every direction.
In the photo there is a squiggly line around the boat. This line is the trail of where the boat has been. One of the numbers on the side shows a speed of .2 knots per hour(kph). During this experiment I have seen a high speed of .4 kph. We are not only tied up tightly in a slip, but there is little wave movement. The photo also shows that the boat is pointing in every direction on the compass over time. The dock is not spinning.
Needless to said I no longer have confidence in the accuracy of the anchor alarm.
We just got word that we can stay in this slip another night. Linda could not be happier. She can stay ashore and visit more friends.