Sunday, January 10, 2016

Let the Cruising Begin!

St. Augustine to Palm Coast, FL
November 10, 2015 - January 10, 2016

There are boaters who treat their vessels like floating condos, staying on them but never leaving the dock. This was never our aspiration but has been close to reality so far this season.

We launched in St. Marys, Georgia, on November 7, and after spending three nights at Fernandina Beach, Florida, we pulled in to Camachee Cove Marina in St. Augustine and stayed for a month. During that time, Justin and Kathy Cooper of Cooper’s Canvas designed and created a spectacular new dodger (canvas + windshield) for our boat. They did a fabulous job, and now the person at the helm doesn't need to squat down to see forward.
The new, taller dodger made with EZ2CY glass and classy white trim
On December 10, we moved 30 miles down the waterway to The Marina at Hammock Beach Resort. This completely enclosed harbor provided a safe place to leave Pelican when we traveled home for Christmas. The boat has stayed here for a month, but she was unable to fully appreciate the shore-side amenities, the spa-like showers with stacks of fluffy towels and dispensers of toiletries and the picturesque pool. We, however, thoroughly enjoyed those luxuries on either side of our trip up north (where the best gift was being with the people we love!).
The pool at Hammock Beach Marina

Until now, we’ve had our car with us, which we’d driven down and moved to each new stopping place, That’s not all bad; the convenience of going farther than your feet can carry you is, for most people, essential to everyday life. For us, it enabled the floating-condo lifestyle.
The Marina at Hammock Beach

Now the car is stored and it’s time to cast off the lines and leave this beautiful spot in Palm Coast. North winds bring a winter chill even to Florida. We look forward to several nights at anchor before we arrive at Lake Worth, our departure point for the Bahamas when the weather cooperates. Let the cruising begin!
Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. 
Catch the trade winds in your sails. 
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

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