December 25, 2010
Merry Christmas Dear Family and Friends!
We are safely in Ft. Myers Beach. We have celebrated Jesus’ Birthday with good friends, but we miss our family very much.
We hope that you have been able to celebrate this special d…
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December 25, 2010
December 25, 2010Merry Christmas Dear Family and Friends! We are safely in Ft. Myers Beach. We have celebrated Jesus’ Birthday with good friends, but we miss our family very much. We hope that you have been able to celebrate this special day …
|Finally the sun broke through to shine on a gigantic USA flag|
|St . Lucie Inlet|
|Wall dripping with purple flowers|
|Tight quarters through RR bridge and bascule bridge|
|Finally through the bridges|
|Entering the Okeechobee Waterway|
|Just narrow canal|
|St. Lucie Lock gates opening|
|Grateful at sunset|
|Dawn in the harboe|
|Love these “bottle-brush” palms|
December 9-13, 2010We left early from Titusville because we had 75 miles to go to Vero Beach. Titusville Municipal Marina has many resident ospreys. One had chosen the “soft” post on Grateful’s port side to eat its breakfast. As we were making …
Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, St. AugustineHalifax Harbor, Daytona BeachTitusville Municipal Marina, TitusvilleIt’s been awhile since I added to the blog. We have traveled every other day and rested on the off days. We are still on target to get to…
|We passed two of these “houseboats” on the way to St. Augustine.|
|Lady Catherine, a beautiful Trumpy yacht, passed us.|
|Sunset at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor|
|Boats in dry dock facility being repaired|
|A perfect end to a long day.|
|Grateful at Comachee Cove Yacht Harbor|
|Entrance to Camachee Cove|
|St. Augustine at dawn|
|Castillo in St. Augustine|
|Passage through the Bridge of Lions|
|Halifax Harbor at sunset|
|First dolphins to swim with Grateful – a family of three.|
|Never get tired of watching|
|Can you find the heron?|
|Spilled red wine – Porter was helping clean up the mess.|
|Heron at Titusville Municipal Marina.|
Ah Yes!! After having a chilly but beautiful evening at Golden Isles….. Sunset at Golden IslesWe were going to have an easy cruise today. Well, not so much.We did plan to leave at dawn again which was about 1.5 hours after flood tide. The winds …
Ah Yes!! After having a chilly but beautiful evening at Golden Isles…..
|Sunset at Golden Isles|
We were going to have an easy cruise today. Well, not so much.
Thank you for speaking with me. I have attached a pdf with photos and chart segment. I came through this area yesterday, an hour before low tide. When I came on the scene, a 48+ ft Sea Ray was sitting to the East of the Red 60 completely out of the water and partially spun around at the base of the marker. They WERE in the channel according to the markers and the chart but there was no water. Tow BoatUS was on the scene and guided me around thankfully. From Green 59A to Green 63 stay well East (at least 25 yards) of the Reds and almost to shore on the green side. The small little island that is shown on the charts east of Red 60 is NOT there. In fact that is where you need to be. My chartplotter showed me driving right over it as I followed the Tow BoatUS around safely. There was 10ft of water close to shore at low tide. Coast Guard MUST put drop aides here, this is a serious risk to boaters.
I was extremely disturbed when I discovered this significant discrepancy which has the potential to end with tragic consequences. I have since discovered that there are multiple groundings in this spot each week, there are no Securite calls warning of the hazard (until I called Jacksonville yesterday), no mention in the LNM and this problem has existed for at least a year. I feel drop aides are essential, require minimal effort and should have been placed long ago. I thank you for whatever you can do to correct this problem.
The small island shown on the chart at:
30 50.951 N
081 28.687 W
This island does not exist and is in fact where the proper channel should be.
Current safe water is found by staying close to G 59A and following a arced course over the little island to G 63 . Remaining at least 25 yards East of Red markers. Red daybeacons should be removed and drop aides placed until either dredging can occur or the deabeacon can be properly moved.
John Webster, USCG Master #2851625 USCGAUX 1155849
Appreciate the heads up on the shoaling issue at this turn. Believe it or not, this was the first that we heard of the issue. The same day that we were informed of the shoaling I dispatched my crew and established 2 temporary red buoys to help mark the inside turn a little more adequately. We also discovered that the #63 had been knocked down, we set that temporary buoy further outside the green side of the channel to hopefully draw boaters to that side.
The Coast Guard cutter Hammer is scheduled to be in that area in early December to restructure the turn. They were forwarded the pictures so they can plan accordingly.
Thank you for your assistance.
BMC Rob Lehmann
Officer in Charge
Aids to Navigation Team Jacksonville Beach
|Birds waiting for a meal|
|Nice paint job|
|Submarine at King’s Bay|
|Notice the men on the top of the sub|
|Guardians of King’s Bay|
December 1, 2010We are cruising a 64 mile day on the Georgia ICW. And today has been more exciting than most so far on our trip.Let me start out by saying by way of explanation that for the last two days we have been concerned about travel because of t…
|Hard to capture how wild the wind was|
|No passing in narrow and shallow channels|
|Narrowly able to pass|
|Dawn over Fort Sumter|
|Surprise! A towboat|
|Nature’s Christmas colors|
|Dinner with Ann and Hank|
|At work in the engine compartment|
|Beaufort Christmas tree|
|The Rhett house|
|Street in Beaufort|
|Oldest church still holding regular services|
|The tombstones of the church were used for surgical tables during the Civil War|
|Arsenal built in late 1700s never fired upon|
|The “Hanging tree”|
|Angel tree – live oaks where the branches extend out and touch the earth|
|1000 year old live oak|
. I continue to be enchanted by the live oaks covered in Spanish moss. Both Beaufort and Isle of Hope have many trees that are near 1000 years old – awesome.
are both grand and charming – this area was a summer “playground” for Savannah’s elite in the early 1800s. Most of the homes are antebellum “cottages” that I would call mansions. Christmas looks beautiful here.
|Nutcrackers guard the door|